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“Mine Free Sarajevo 2020” launches in the capital city of Bosnia

June 2019

The Marshall Legacy Institute is proud to be a partner in the Mine Free Sarajevo 2020 project, which aims to clear the city of Sarajevo and surrounding municipalities of landmines by September 2020, in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Bosnian War. Mine Free Sarajevo was launched on April 4, 2019, the International Day of Landmine Awareness. The launch was celebrated by the Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka, the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia, Eric Nelson, project participants, and other distinguished guests. The project’s partners are ITF Enhancing Human Security and the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDDC) in Sarajevo. The U.S. Government is the sole donor of the project.

Please read the press release here.

Detection Dogs are Sniffing out Mines and Saving Lives in Iraqi Kurdistan

In 2016, MLI partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan to establish a sustainable Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program to address the regional landmine and explosive threat. To date, MLI has provided 18 highly trained explosive-sniffing dogs to the Peshmerga’s K9 Unit, and with support from the U.S. Department of Defense, MLI has trained Kurdish handlers to employ the dogs safely and effectively in the field. The dogs will facilitate the safe return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to areas formerly controlled by terrorist group ISIS, which left thousands of landmines, IEDs, and booby traps in its wake. All of the dogs that have been provided to the Peshmerga have been sponsored by American people and companies, to include General Dynamics and Hillwood, a Perot Company, and MLI is currently seeking donors to sponsor the remaining two dogs.

Please read the full article, by Bill Outlaw, here. We thank you for your consideration to support our work to free the people of Kurdistan from the fear of mines and other deadly explosives.

In Memoriam: General Jack N. Merritt – February 2018

MLI is deeply saddened by the passing of General Jack N. Merritt, US Army (Ret.). General Merritt served as the Chairman of the Marshall Legacy Institute from the founding of the organization in 1997 until 2003, and served as Chairman of MLI’s International Advisory Board until his passing in 2018.

Please read General Merritt’s obituary on The Washington Post and on The Oklahoman.

MLI thanks General Merritt’s family for dedicating memorial contributions to our humanitarian cause of freeing the world of the horrific scourge of landmines. All donations will be used to sponsor a highly trained mine detection dog to be named by the family to “sniff out” mines, save lives and improve livelihoods in memory of Jack Merritt, whose life’s work was dedicated to peace & security, and making the world a better and safer place for all. Make a donation in honor of General Merritt here.

CHAMPS Connecticut launches 14th annual campaign – April 2018

MLI’s President and CEO, Perry Baltimore, and the Vice President of Children’s Programs, Kimberly McCasland, traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut, in early April to launch CHAMPS Connecticut’s 14th annual campaign. The Team travels each spring and fall to beautiful Connecticut to engage students, teachers, and community members, and to share information about the ongoing landmine crisis around the world. This amazing community has sponsored 13 Mine Detection Dogs!



Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine-affected countries. Learn about MLI's Share-A-Dog program and how you can help!


With your support MLI has trained and donated 37 dogs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they are "sniffing out" landmines and saving lives.


In Iraq, 70% of all victims are children injured or killed when traveling to school, playing, or working to contribute to family income. Help protect a child.


All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Help us rid the world of the landmine epidemic.


Landmines have killed or maimed more people than nuclear, chemical and biological weapons combined. However, this man-made epidemic can be reversed in our lifetime. Help make landmines a thing of the past.


Generous, private Americans have sponsored more than 240 life-saving Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs), and these dogs have searched tens of thousands of acres of mine affected land in 11 countries!


Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). Last year, our active dogs searched thousands of acres of mine-contaminated land! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.