As executive director, Mr. Goering oversees an international staff with offices in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and healing projects in Africa and the Middle East. CVT provides comprehensive care for victims of government-sponsored torture, conducts research and training, and undertakes policy efforts to commit the U.S. and other institutions to work against torture and aid torture survivors.
Mr. Goering began at CVT in May 2012. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Amnesty International USA, where he had worked for nearly 30 years. As COO, he managed the largest branch of the organization, and his tenure saw significant expansion in revenues, advocacy programs and membership. In addition to directing the day to day operations, he was involved in strategy development, public policy and planning, financial oversight and external relations. He chaired a global policy team based on five continents, leading to new research and advocacy policies. His experience gave him deep knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian issues.
Over his professional career, Goering led a dozen Amnesty International missions including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Tanzania. In addition to his positions with Amnesty as a researcher, advocacy director for Europe and the Middle East, Senior Deputy Executive Director and COO, he served as an interim Head of the Gaza office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2009 and 2010.
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, The Hill, MinnPost, and The Virginian-Pilot. His media appearances include CNN, NPR, HuffPost Live, San Francisco Chronicle, StarTribune, Twin Cities Public Television's Almanac, and BelAhdan.