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.