This morning, The Elie Wiesel Act was passed unanimously by voice vote out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC). The bill will now move to the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote!
A similar bill, S. 1158, sits in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee awaiting the markup process. More on that below.
This important legislation is critical to saving lives in countries at-risk or experiencing mass atrocity crises, as well as U.S. national security and interests. Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said this today about H.R.3030 and the passing of the bill out of his committee:
“The U.S. must be a world leader in efforts to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity. This act improves inter-agency coordination, bolsters training for our diplomats in the field and strengthens Congressional oversight to make programs aimed at preventing global atrocities more effective.”
What The Bill Does
HR 3030 is new federal legislation that will ensure the U.S. government has the tools, training, and funding needed to save lives and promote peace when it becomes apparent that mass atrocity situations are becoming a threat on foreign soil. Specifically, this legislation:
- Ensures U.S. government inter-agency cooperation to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.
- Requires training for Foreign Service Officers to identify early warning signs of genocide.
- Requires the Executive Branch to update Congress on U.S. measures to mitigate violence in specific countries, funding related to conflict prevention initiatives, and a global assessment of instability, conflict, and atrocities.
In our last update on H.R. 3030, we mentioned that David Kustoff (R-TN) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), the two Congressmen who represent our home city of Memphis, TN, are cosponsors of this critical legislation. As this bipartisan bill now moves forwards to the full House, we remain grateful for their support. The prevention of genocide, war crimes, and other mass atrocity crises should be a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education and relief, and advocacy programs.
If you're not currently involved in empowering the Sudanese people, here are a few easy ways to join us from wherever you are:
1. Live in Tennessee? We need your help. There is a Senate version of the Elie Wiesel Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act, S.1158. Despite a third of the Senate cosponsoring S.1158, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has not allowed for the bill to be marked up and moved through committee. We need you to call and write his office right now. TAKE ACTION »
2. Pitch In Through Good People Good Beer. The 6th annual beer tasting gala that supports childhood education in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan is coming up on June 16 in Memphis, TN! We encourage you to register if you'll be in town, or make a donation towards our goal if you can't attend. GET INVOLVED »
3. Make A Donation. You can directly support the Sudanese people through the programs we sponsor in Sudan with a one-time donation. GIVE HERE »