The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (GAPA), S.2551, is here! Now, we need YOU to encourage your Senators to cosponsor the Act and show their support for genocide and atrocities prevention.
What will the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Do?
1. Provide permanent authorization of the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB), a high-level interagency working group that brings together representatives from various sectors throughout the U.S. government to coordinate a “whole of government” atrocities prevention strategy. The APB was first created in 2012, but lacks Congressional authorization to make the working group permanent. To institutionalize the APB and solidify the U.S. government’s commitment to preventing genocide and mass atrocities, Congress must provide authorization.
Can you tell me more about the APB?
- In August 2011, President Obama called for the creation of the APB in his Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities, also known as PSD-10. The APB was put into effect in April 2012.
- The APB is composed of representation from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
2. Provide funding through the Complex Crises Fund, an account adopted by Congress that provides funding to prevent and respond to mass atrocities and conflict.
3. Train U.S. Foreign Service Officers to identify early warning signs of potential conflict and manage eruptions of violence.
4. Obligate the Director of National Intelligence to develop a report assessing countries that are at risk of mass atrocities and genocide.
OK, what can I do?
Write to your Senators:
Encourage your Senators to cosponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, S.2551. Use the button below to write a letter to your Senator asking them to cosponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, or thanking them if they are already a cosponsor.
Tweet at your Senators:
Here are some sample tweets you can use to send directly to your Senator, asking them to cosponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.
@SenFeinstein Show leadership on #genprev and cosponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act! @jworldwatch #EasyAsAPB
@SenBobCorker Make #genprev a priority and cosponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act! @jworldwatch #EasyAsAPB