The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) was recently introduced in the Senate and has strong bipartisan support. If it passes, the Act would strengthen the U.S. government’s ability to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities around the world. We need your help to get it passed. Send a message to your Senators now and ask them to co-sponsor the Act!
In introducing the bill, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said:
Atrocity crimes tragically persist around the globe, from Syria and South Sudan to Burma and Iraq. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s infrastructure to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever they may occur. Our values and national security interests require us to ensure that the United States utilizes the full arsenal of diplomatic, economic, and legal tools to take meaningful action before atrocities occur. The United States must do a better job of responding earlier and more effectively to these heinous crimes.
Senator Todd Young (R-IN), an original cosponsor of the Act and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said:
The United States has a moral and strategic imperative to help prevent and respond to acts of genocide and other mass atrocities, and this legislation would ensure the U.S. government is better prepared to fulfill this serious responsibility. This bipartisan legislation would help the United States put the commitment of ‘Never Again’ into action.
What is the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act?
If the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act becomes law, the Act would do a few key things:
- Create a Mass Atrocities Task Force
The Secretary of State would be instructed to establish a high-level interagency task force to help the U.S. government better coordinate across various agencies and departments to improve the government’s ability to respond and prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
- Authorize the Complex Crises Fund (CCF)
The CCF is a flexible spending account used by USAID and the State Department to bolster prevention efforts and rapidly respond to unforeseen conflicts.
- Provide training for Foreign Service Officers to better recognize the early warning signs of violent conflict, mass atrocities, and genocide.
- Require annual reporting by the Director of National Intelligence on the countries and regions most at risk of mass atrocities, and a report by the Secretary of State every three years evaluating the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent genocide and mass atrocities and recommendations for improvement.
We need your help!
Send a letter to your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017, S.1158.
In this opinion article in The Hill, our Director of Advocacy and Programs, Mike Brand, and Claude Gatebuke, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN), make the argument that “Preventing Genocide Shouldn’t be a Partisan Issue” and encourages passage of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. Read and share the article.