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Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

S.1158

May 17, 2017


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, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) helps to ensure the U.S. government has the most constructive and cost-effective tools to address the root causes and drivers of violent conflict.

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About the Bill

The bill establishes a Mass Atrocities Task Force, requires training for Foreign Service Officers in violent conflict and atrocities prevention, requires reporting from both the Department of State and Director for National Intelligence, and establishes the Complex Crises Fund. These are critical tools that are needed to ensure the U.S. government is able to more effectively prevent atrocities.

Background Summary: Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

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Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and several others have introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The bill:

Background Five Reasons the Senate Should Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 

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Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and several others introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The bill establishes an interagency Mass Atrocities Task Force to focus the U.S. government on early prevention of atrocities as an essential part of our national security strategy.

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