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Congress can take action to prevent violent conflict

By Maya Ulin-O'Keefe, September 22, 2017


The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030, S. 1158) will bolster efforts to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.

The 115th Congress is facing a jam-packed legislative agenda for the fall session. Prioritizing national security and peacebuilding needs to be a top priority in this Congress.

It is time for Congress to take action to pass the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030, S. 1158) in the House and the Senate.

Mass displacement from war, mass atrocities, and lack of resources means our world is more bound together than ever. Congress can demonstrate that the security of our nation depends on the security and peace for others by putting early prevention of violent conflict and peacebuilding processes at the core foundation of our foreign policy.

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At a time when the world is facing multiple major humanitarian crises from the mass displacement of the Rohingya from Myanmar to ongoing and persistent violence by armed groups in the Central African Republic, it is time for Congress to act.

Passing the Elie Wiesel Act would ensure that Congress is taking leadership in helping to prevent future outbreaks of violence and atrocities against civilian populations.

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act will ensure effective high-level interagency coordination on prevention. By prioritizing the coordination between the Pentagon, State, Treasury, Homeland Security, USAID, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the CIA, and FBI, Congress will ensure that our foreign policy responses are first looking into processes that highlight development, diplomacy and peacebuilding before beginning to consider potential military options.

The United State invested $70 billion into its military between 2004 and 2014. If we put even some of that money into peacebuilding activities, it will save the American people money. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, for every dollar that countries invest in peacebuilding activities, the cost of conflict would be reduced by $16.

Congress can pass the Elie Wiesel Act and it will save money, save lives, and it is good for U.S. national security.

More information about the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.

Contact Congress and urge your member to support this important legislation.

Maya Ulin-O'Keefe

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding Program

Maya Ulin-O'Keefe serves as the Program Assistant in the Peacebuilding Program under Theo Sitther and Allyson Neville. Her responsibilities include lobbying Congress to pass the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act by coordinating and attending meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Maya also supports 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.