AfP Members and Coalition Partners Welcome Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Global Violence

August 23, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 23, 2018

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Laura Strawmyer | 317.340.1085 | laura@allianceforpeacebuilding.org

Richmond Blake  | 202.999.8935 | rblake@mercycorps.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Over 40 Alliance for Peacebuilding members and partners welcome S. 3368, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the United States Senate on August 22nd.

This timely legislation comes at a moment when violent conflict has forcibly displaced a record 68.5 million people and costs the world an estimated $14.76 trillion annually. There is an urgent need to improve the U.S. government’s ability to reverse these trends and prevent future conflict.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act would require the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, to develop a new strategy to reduce and prevent violent conflict. It would give the U.S. government the tools it needs for a long-term, coordinated approach to identify and mitigate the drivers of violence in order to prevent conflict.

S. 3368 follows H.R. 5273, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) on March 14, 2018.

The following list of leading international humanitarian, peacebuilding, development, and faith-based organizations endorse this legislation. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to pass this legislation to strengthen the U.S. government’s ability to prevent violent conflict around the world.

  1. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  2. American Friends Service Committee
  3. CARE
  4. Carl Wilkens Fellows
  5. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  6. Center on Conscience & War
  7. Charity & Security Network
  8. Chemonics
  9. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
  10. Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  11. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
  12. Cure Violence
  13. Educators’ Institute for Human Rights
  14. Foreign Policy 4 America
  15. Friends Committee on Nat’l Legislation (FCNL)
  16. Global Communities
  17. Global Water 2020
  18. Humanity United Action
  19. i-ACT
  20. In Defense of Christians
  21. Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
  22. InterAction
  23. International Alert
  24. International Crisis Group (ICG)
  25. International Rescue Committee
  26. Jewish World Watch
  27. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
  28. Mercy Corps
  29. National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  30. National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  31. Never Again Coalition
  32. Pax Christi International
  33. Pax Christi USA
  34. Peace Direct
  35. PRBB Foundation
  36. Saferworld
  37. Search for Common Ground
  38. STAND
  39. Stop Genocide Now
  40. World Relief
  41. World Vision

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