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Will Your Senator Speak Out to Prevent Atrocities and Genocide?

By Allyson Neville, May 17, 2017

The newly-introduced Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act will expand the U.S. government’s ability to stop violent conflict before it starts.


Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.

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Urge your senators to lead on preventing atrocities and genocide.

The Trump administration’s first statements about foreign policy have focused on military power rather than investments in shared security. With this legislation, Senators from both major political parties are urging the administration to move quickly to protect the U.S. capacity for atrocities prevention.

Specifically, the legislation requires forward-looking interagency cooperation to address atrocities before they happen, flexible funding, training for foreign service officers, and better intelligence to identify potential atrocity risks.

Foreign policy experts and military leaders agree that military force won’t prevent violence. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Command in Africa, told senators in March, “We could knock off all of ISIL and Boko Haram this afternoon, but by the end of the week, those ranks would be filled. Many people, especially those in uniform, have said we can’t kill our way to victory here.”

At a time when the U.S. is facing multiple foreign policy crises, the U.S. should increase investment in the cost-effective programs that promote diplomacy, development, and international cooperation. We need more tools in our foreign policy toolbox, not fewer.

Learn more about the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Allyson Neville

  • Legislative Manager for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Allyson Neville coordinates the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian and peace organizations dedicated to the reduction of violent conflict, prevention of atrocities, and protection of civilians. Since its creation in late 2008, PPWG has successfully advocated on these issues through outreach to Congress and various administrative agencies.