Survivors Statement in Support of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
We – the undersigned survivors of genocide and other mass atrocities – support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158, H.R.3030) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and their colleagues in the Senate, and introduced by Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), and their colleagues in the House.

As survivors, we have witnessed firsthand the scourge of genocide and mass atrocities. We live with the memories of family, friends, and neighbors who were killed. We stand with those who were forced to endure unimaginable horrors. To honor the memory of those who perished and in solidarity with fellow survivors, we support efforts to improve the U.S. government’s ability to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities around the world.

The Elie Wiesel Act supports high-level coordination on atrocities prevention among key departments and agencies of the U.S. government, requires training for Foreign Service Officers in warning signs and preventative action, encourages 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 in the future.

From Syria to South Sudan, Myanmar to Yemen, we have seen the consequences of failing to prevent mass atrocities. In addition to the loss of life, failure to prevent atrocities results in displacement crises, unsustainable humanitarian costs, and cycles of violence. Bipartisan Congressional leadership in support of the Elie Wiesel Act is an important and necessary step toward establishing a more comprehensive approach to preventing genocide and mass atrocities.

We urge members of Congress to join us in our effort to make "never again” a reality by co-sponsoring and quickly passing the Elie Wiesel Act into law.

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