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Mine Action Information Center

To Walk the Earth in Safety: The U.S. Commitment to Humanitarian Mine Action
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
August 2004

Logo:  Mine Action Information CenterJames Madison University hosts the Regional Seminar on Anti-personnel Landmine Victims, Bogot´┐Ż, Colombia, October 2003. (Photo courtesy of MAIC)The Mine Action Information Center (MAIC) is a public policy center that acts as a clearinghouse of information relevant to humanitarian mine action and conducts mine action management training courses. Since the MAIC at James Madison University was established as a center of excellence in 1996, it has been a major player in international efforts to ameliorate the effects of landmines.

The MAIC supports many clients, including the Department of State, the United Nations, the governments of Canada and Switzerland, and regional organizations, such as the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance, and the OAS. It manages information MAIC staff members at the MAIC-Department of State exhibit booth at the 2004 South Florida Landmine Action Group Landmine Awareness Festival, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  (Photo courtesy of MAIC)topics that span the diverse functions within the realm of mine action, such as current mine action news; key organization contact information; studies and surveys; databases; technological advances; conference events; partnering and employment opportunities; and geographic information system software. These measures are often accomplished through the outreach of the Journal of Mine Action, the MAIC Web site and MAIC-hosted seminars, workshops and conferences.

The MAIC conducts the UN Development Program Senior Mine Action Manager's Course and has planned and conducted mine awareness training in Vietnam.

Point of Contact: Dennis Barlow, Director
Mine Action Information Center
James Madison University
One Court Square, MSC 8504
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807
Telephone: 540-568-2756
Fax: 540-568-8176
Web site:

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