The FBI recently announced the launch of a website in connection with its Genocide War Crimes Program. “Today, in an effort to raise awareness about these crimes and the FBI’s part in helping to combat them, we’re announcing the launch of our Genocide War Crimes Program website. In addition to educating the public on our role, the website solicits information from victims and others about acts of genocide, war crimes, or related mass atrocities that can be submitted to us through tips.fbi.gov or by contacting an FBI field office or legal attaché office.”
According to the article: “The global community has banded together to help prevent crimes like these and to bring to justice the perpetrators who commit them. The U.S. is part of this international effort—most recently through the creation of an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board. And the FBI supports the government’s efforts through its own Genocide War Crimes Program” (see article: Genocide and War Crimes – New Website Designed to Raise Awareness, Solicit Information http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-genocide-and-war-crimes-webpage/new-genocide-and-war-crimes-webpage ).
Genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.
According to FBI Special Agent Jeffrey VanNest, who heads up our Genocide War Crimes Unit (GWCU), our mission is to “systematically and methodically help track down perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and other related atrocities – the worst of the worst -and apprehend them.”
“Our ultimate goal,” says VanNest, “is to ensure that perpetrators of these heinous crimes find no safe haven in the United States, or for that matter, no safe haven anywhere in the world.”
The FBI is asking for the public’s help.
If you believe you may have information concerning a specific incident of genocide or a war crime, please submit that information to us at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or contact your local FBI office.