SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage worldwide. Our mission is to raise public awareness about the irreversible damage that results from looting, smuggling and trading illicit antiquities. We promote respect for the laws and treaties that enable nations to protect their cultural property and preserve humanity’s most precious non-renewable resource: the intact evidence of our undiscovered past.
While many organizations focus on on-site preservation and academic research, SAFE centers on public awareness. Why? Because public awareness is the first step to giving voice to people of all walks of life. When that collective voice is heard, systemic change is possible. As the environmental movement has done, SAFE seeks to change minds and attitudes so that behaviors will change.
By creating educational programs and media campaigns, SAFE encourages lawful and ethical behavior to stop the trade in illicit antiquities from destroying the history that belongs to us all. By using traditional advertising and marketing techniques to “sell” cultural heritage preservation, SAFE creates a public dialogue to drive this issue into the mainstream. As a group of concerned citizens, SAFE has no political, economic, career, or academic interests or agendas; unlike private collectors, museums, and academics.
We espouse accurate, professional research combined with dynamic outreach and public education. We value collaborative, innovative projects driven by passionate and determined individuals. We encourage and support the efforts of other organizations with similar goals. With a positive approach, we offer concrete ways to invest in the shared stewardship of the world’s cultural heritage. SAFE envisions a world in which looting and destruction of cultural heritage sites and the marketing and collecting of undocumented artifacts from such sites will be unthinkable.
While the impetus to found SAFE was the ransacking of the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, our efforts are global. SAFE has no political affiliations.