1. Statement
  2. Peacebuilding

Organizational Statement of Support

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158, H.R.3030)

May 17, 2017


The following is a statement of support for the Elie Wiesel Act from dozens of national and state-based nongovernmental organizations.

We – the undersigned human rights, humanitarian, faith, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations – support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158, H.R.3030). The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and their colleagues, and introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), and their colleagues.

The bills establish a Mass Atrocities Task Force, require training for Foreign Service Officers in violent conflict and atrocities prevention, require reporting from both the Department of State and Director for National Intelligence, and establish 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.


  1. 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative – Washington, D.C.
  2. Act for Sudan – Boston, Massachusetts
  3. African Soul, American Heart – Fargo, North Dakota
  4. Alliance for Peacebuilding – Washington, D.C.
  5. American Jewish World Service – Washington, D.C.
  6. American Psychological Association – Washington, D.C.
  7. Americans for Rohingya – Portland, OR
  8. Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect – New York, New York
  9. Anti-Defamation League – Washington, D.C.
  10. Armenian National Committee of America – Washington, D.C.
  11. American Jewish Committee – Washington, D.C.
  12. Institute for Peace and Reconciliation – New York, New York
  13. Baha’is of the United States – Washington, D.C.
  14. Better World Campaign – Washington, D.C.
  15. CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center – Terre Haute, Indiana
  16. Carl Wilkens Fellowship – National
  17. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education – Cincinnati, Ohio
  18. Center for Justice and Accountability – San Francisco, California
  19. The Center for Victims of Torture – St. Paul, Minnesota
  20. Charity & Security Network – Washington, D.C.
  21. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness – Washington, D.C.
  22. Church World Service - National
  23. Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College – Keene, New Hampshire
  24. Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action – Denver, Colorado
  25. Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach – Washington, D.C.
  26. Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic) – Silver Spring, Maryland
  27. Darfur Action Group of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina
  28. Darfur and Beyond – Phoenix, Arizona
  29. Disciples Center for Public Witness – Washington, D.C.
  30. The Educators' Institute for Human Rights – Washington, D.C.
  31. Foundation for Ethnic Understanding – New York, New York
  32. Friends Committee on National Legislation – Washington, D.C.
  33. Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide – Atlanta, Georgia
  34. Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect – New York, New York
  35. Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project – Rochester, New York
  36. Humanity Is Us – New York, New York
  37. Humanity United Action – Washington, D.C.
  38. iACT – Redondo Beach, California
  39. International Crisis Group – Washington, D.C.
  40. International Justice Project – Newark, New Jersey
  41. Investors Against Genocide – San Francisco, California
  42. Invisible Children – Washington, D.C.
  43. Jewish Council for Public Affairs – New York, New York
  44. Jewish World Watch – Los Angeles, California
  45. JPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia – Aston, Pennsylvania
  46. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns – Washington, D.C.
  47. Massachusetts Coalition for Darfur – Boston, Massachusetts
  48. National Council of Churches – Washington, D.C.
  49. Never Again Coalition – Portland, Oregon
  50. Operation Broken Silence – Memphis, Tennessee
  51. Oxfam America – Washington, D.C.
  52. Pax Christi International – Washington, D.C.
  53. Peace Direct – Washington, D.C.
  54. Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  55. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – Washington, D.C.
  56. Project C.U.R.E. – Denver, Colorado
  57. Purchase College – Purchase, New York
  58. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association – Wyncote, Pennsylvania
  59. Refugees International – Washington, D.C.
  60. San Antonio Coalition Against Genocide – San Antonio, Texas
  61. San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition – San Francisco, California
  62. Search for Common Ground – Washington, D.C.
  63. Shalom Austin – Austin, Texas
  64. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Institute Justice Team – Silver Spring, Maryland
  65. STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities – Washington, D.C.
  66. Stop Genocide Now – Redondo Beach, California
  67. Together We Remember – Baltimore, MD
  68. Union for Reform Judaism – Washington D.C.
  69. United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries – Washington, D.C.
  70. United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society – Washington, D.C.
  71. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – Arlington, Virginia
  72. World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law – St. Paul, Minnesota

Updated: March 5, 2018