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Breaking: The House Just Voted to Reduce Violence

By Ben Rowles, November 27, 2018


Last night the House of Representatives took a crucial, bipartisan step to reduce violent conflict by passing the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act!

The legislation strengthens the capacity of the United States to address the root causes of global violence. This important vote comes as the world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violence that is taking a devastating humanitarian and economic toll. The passage of this legislation signals the need for a government-wide strategy to prevent violence and build peace.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act (GFVRA) is the second bill focused on the prevention of violent conflict to pass the House in 2018. In July the House passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R.3030).

The Global Fragility Act builds on this momentum. It mandates the development of a long-term, government-wide strategy to address violence in priority countries. Additionally, it requires the government to establish clear, transparent, and measurable benchmarks on progress. These measures will help ensure the U.S. government is able to respond to the world’s humanitarian needs.

We thank Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) for their bipartisan leadership in introducing the Global Fragility Act in the House.

While the passage of the legislation in the House is an important step toward peace, there is still work to be done in the Senate. You can learn more and take action.

We will continue our efforts to support legislation that focuses U.S. foreign policy on preventing, mitigating, and transforming violent conflict.

Ben Rowles

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding

Ben Rowles supports FCNL’s lobbying efforts to change U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. Ben also facilitates the work of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a group of organizations dedicated to reducing violent crisis, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises. Previously, Ben interned with the State Department in Washington, D.C., and at the American Embassy in Mongolia. He holds a B.A. in English from the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as president of the Human Rights Brigades chapter.