This bill would provide emergency relief to religious minorities in Iraq and Syria who’ve survived genocide at the hands of ISIS and ensure that the perpetrators are investigated and held accountable. It would provide support to entities that are helping genocide survivors in-country, including faith-based entities, and those that are conducting criminal investigations into genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria.
The bill would create a “Priority Two” (“P-2”) designation for the region’s Christians and other genocide survivors so that they can access an overseas application interview for the U.S. refugee admissions program without a referral from the UN. Such refugee applicants would be vetted like other Iraqi or Syrian applicants, and couldn’t be admitted until they’ve cleared the vetting.
An assessment of the humanitarian vulnerabilities, needs, and triggers that force survivors to flee their homes would be required by this bill. It would also identify warning signs of violence or persecution against survivors from vulnerable religious or ethnic minority groups in Iraq or Syria.
The bill calls for the identification of gaps in U.S. law that make it more difficult to prosecute foreign perpetrators of genocide, crimes, against, humanity, or war crimes who come to the U.S. along with Americans who commit such crimes. Foreign countries would be encouraged to add identifying information about suspected perpetrators of such crimes to their security databases and screening procedures.