Prevention and Protection


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Prevention and Protection Working Group

The Prevention and Protection Working Group is a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, and peace organizations dedicated to improving U.S. government policies and civilian capacities to prevent violent conflict, avert mass atrocities, and protect civilians threatened by such crises. The group was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Complex Crises Fund, Atrocities Prevention Board, and the State Department’s Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

As the working group coordinator, FCNL is responsible for crafting a collaborative advocacy agenda that furthers atrocities and conflict prevention as well as works to protect civilians at risk. The group focuses on U.S. government structures and resources that support these goals, but has also specifically engaged on conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

The Complex Crises Fund: Rapid Response Funding to Prevent Violent Conflict

The Complex Crises Fund fills a critical gap when other assistance funds cannot be quickly changed.

The Complex Crises Fund (CCF) is a funding mechanism appropriated by Congress each year that provides much-needed flexible money to the United States Agency for International Development “to prevent and respond to emerging or unforeseen crises.” CCF fills a critical gap when other assistance funds cannot be quickly changed, and this funding mechanism has quickly become one of the most highly demanded tools in the U.S. foreign policy toolkit. It has been used to help mitigate violence in 19 countries, including Tunisia, Kenya, Mali and Sri Lanka. Each year we advocate for full funding for CCF and other conflict prevention accounts.

The Atrocities Prevention Board: Creating a Coherent Conflict Prevention Agenda

The Atrocities Prevention Board coordinates a whole-of-government approach to preventing mass atrocities and genocide.

The Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) is a governmental working group comprised of administration officials that includes representatives of the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, United States Agency for International Development, United States Mission to the United Nations, and more. First convened in 2012 to ensure that mass atrocities prevention is a priority at the highest levels of the government, the primary purpose of the ABP is “to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to preventing mass atrocities and genocide.” Although significant progress has been made to ensure a more coherent response, gaps remain. FCNL is working to fill these gaps and build on the momentum of the past four years.

Recent Prevention & Protection Working Group Advocacy Letters

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Background Peacebuilding Funding 

Investing in conflict prevention saves lives and taxpayer dollars.

FCNL lobbies Congress to fund peacebuilding accounts such as the Complex Crises Fund, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and international peacekeeping operations. These programs are essential for preventing the outbreak of conflict, responding to instability and violence, and protecting civilian lives.

FCNL in the News Human Rights Groups Cheer Saudi Arms Sale Vote Despite Failure 

"The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the lobbying arm of the Quakers, said the vote is a beginning for congressional opposition to the war in Yemen, rather than an end."