Accountability for Sexual and Gender-based Violence as a Tool in Conflict Act

H.R. 3212 & S. 1777

The Accountability for Sexual and Gender-based Violence as a Tool of Conflict Acts (H.R. 3212 & S. 1777) elevates the prevention of, and response to, conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence as a priority in U.S. foreign policy.  Specifically, the Act:

 

  • Requires the State Department to expand reported sexual and gender-based violence in conflict in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices;
  • Amends the Global Magnitsky Act to add sexual and gender-based violence as a human rights violation that would trigger sanctions under the Act; and,
  • Amends the Section 7031(c) corruption/ human rights authority to add sexual and gender-based violence as a trigger for travel restrictions

The Act was introduced in both chambers on June 11, 2019 with bipartisan support.  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives with eight other Democratic cosponsors. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bill in the Senate. The bill has been sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee for debate.

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