1. Update
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Congress Says “Enough” to Atrocities

By Ben Rowles, December 21, 2018


The House and Senate have both passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158). Now it goes to the president’s desk to become law.

In this politicized environment, it is not often that Democrats and Republicans in Congress agree. But a worsening refugee crisis, rising humanitarian need, and seemingly endless wars have produced a rare consensus on Capitol Hill.

On December 21, the House of Representatives chose to make preventing atrocities a bipartisan priority by passing the final version of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) in an overwhelming 367 to 4 vote. Since the Senate unanimously passed the same measure last week, the bill now heads to the president to be signed into law.

These historic votes show the power of grassroots involvement. Your letters, phone calls, and advocacy have made progress towards a safer and more peaceful world possible.

This peacebuilding bill was supported by the hard work of FCNL staff, Friends, and other advocates over the last six years. As a faith community, FCNL and its partners know that the best way to end war and prevent human suffering is to address conflicts before they turn violent.

One final step remains. We call upon President Trump to sign the Elie Wiesel Act into law, joining Congress in this bipartisan effort to make “never again” a reality.

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.