This is a statement of support for the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 from 60 national and state-based nongovernmental organizations, including us. We will have more information about this critical legislation and a grassroots campaign for our Tennessee activists in the coming weeks. Until then, you can learn more about the bill here.
We – the undersigned human rights, humanitarian, faith, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations – support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and their colleagues.
The bill establishes a Mass Atrocities Task Force, requires training for Foreign Service Officers in violent conflict and atrocities prevention, requires reporting from both the Department of State and Director for National Intelligence, and establishes the Complex Crises Fund. These are critical tools that are needed to ensure the U.S. government is able to more effectively prevent atrocities.
Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As Syria demonstrates, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant consequences for countries and regions around the world, contributing to the rise in failed states and ungoverned spaces, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence, and resulting in expanded costs. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests. However, with high-level policy prioritization, and the right tools and resources, the U.S. government can work to more effectively prevent and respond early to the outbreak of atrocities. Importantly, we believe that the Elie Wiesel Act is a necessary step toward continuing long-standing bipartisan Congressional leadership in support of prevention by advancing a more comprehensive toolkit capable of addressing rising challenges.
We urge members of Congress to co-sponsor and quickly pass the Elie Wiesel Act into law.
- Act for Sudan – Boston, Massachusetts
- African Soul, American Heart – Fargo, North Dakota
- Alliance for Peacebuilding – Washington, D.C.
- American Psychological Association - Washington, D.C.
- Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect – New York, New York
- Armenian National Committee of America – Washington, D.C.
- American Jewish Committee – Washington, D.C.
- Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – New York, New York
- Better World Campaign - Washington, D.C.
- CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center - Terre Haute, Indiana
- Carl Wilkens Fellowship – multiple states
- The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education – Cincinnati, Ohio
- Center for Justice and Accountability - San Francisco, California
- Charity & Security Network – Washington, D.C.
- Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness - Washington, D.C.
- Church World Service - National
- Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College – Keene, New Hampshire
- Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action - Denver, Colorado
- Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic) - Silver Spring, Maryland
- Darfur Action Group of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina
- Darfur and Beyond – Phoenix, Arizona
- Disciples Center for Public Witness – Washington, D.C.
- The Educators' Institute for Human Rights – Washington, D.C.
- Friends Committee on National Legislation – Washington, D.C.
- Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide – Atlanta, Georgia
- Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect – New York, New York
- Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project – Rochester, New York
- Humanity Is Us – New York, New York
- iACT – Redondo Beach, California
- International Crisis Group – Washington, D.C.
- International Justice Project – Newark, New Jersey
- Investors Against Genocide – San Francisco, California
- Invisible Children – Washington, D.C.
- Jewish World Watch – Los Angeles, California
- JPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia – Aston, Pennsylvania
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns – Washington, D.C.
- Massachusetts Coalition for Darfur – Boston, Massachusetts
- National Council of Churches – Washington, D.C.
- Never Again Coalition – Portland, Oregon
- Operation Broken Silence – Memphis, Tennessee
- Oxfam America – Washington, D.C.
- Pax Christi International – Washington, D.C.
- PC(USA) Office of Public Witness – Washington, D.C.
- Peace Direct – Washington, D.C.
- Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) - Washington, D.C.
- Project C.U.R.E. - Denver, Colorado
- Purchase College – Purchase, New York
- Refugees International – Washington, D.C.
- San Antonio Coalition Against Genocide – San Antonio, Texas
- San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition – San Francisco, California
- Search for Common Ground – Washington, D.C.
- Shalom Austin – Austin, Texas
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Institute Justice Team - Silver Spring, Maryland
- STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities - Washington, D.C.
- Stop Genocide Now – Redondo Beach, California
- United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries – Washington, D.C.
- United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society - Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – Arlington, Virginia
- World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law – St. Paul, Minnesota
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, advocacy, and emergency relief programs.
Our Tennessee supporters have a very special role to play in ensuring this bill moves forwards. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His support of this bill is critical to making sure it becomes law. Here's how you can help:
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