Yesterday, the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 3030) passed the United States House of Representatives in a landslide vote of 406-5. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules,” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. H.R. 3030 will now be sent to the United States Senate.
In our last update about H.R. 3030 on July 16, 2018, we noted that the House Majority leader had indicated that H.R. 3030 would be considered this week.
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.
Earlier this year as part of our Grassroots Advocacy program, our Tennessee activists secured David Kustoff (R-TN) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), the two Congressmen who represent our home city of Memphis, TN, as cosponsors of H.R. 3030. As this bipartisan bill now heads to the Senate, 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. Thank Congressmen Kustoff and Cohen! If you live in their districts, you can write a brief thank you letter and mail it to their Washington D.C. offices or call them there as well. Congressman Kustoff's contact information is here and Congressman Cohen's contact information is here.
2. Become A Fundraiser. You can start an online fundraising page for the Endure Primary School in Yida Refugee Camp or Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains. Bonus points: we also have a new campaign that has soft-launched that you can join early. Your efforts will change lives. BECOME A FUNDRAISER »
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 »