Washington, DC (August 26, 2022) – Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) welcomes the formation of the Protection of Civilians in Conflict Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Representatives Sara Jacobs, Ro Khanna, Jason Crow, Andy Kim, and Tom Malinowski. 

The Protection of Civilians in Conflict Caucus offers a crucial opportunity for members of Congress to come together to exert oversight and champion legislation focused on improving the ways the United States and its partners prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm caused by their actions. As the Defense Department works to implement its ambitious Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan, released on August 25, CIVIC commends congressional leadership and oversight in support of those efforts.

In reaction to the creation of the Protection of Civilians in Conflict Caucus, Annie Shiel, CIVIC’s Senior Advisor for the U.S., commented:

Congress has a critical role to play in ensuring that the United States prevents, mitigates, and responds to civilian harm with transparency and accountability. As the Defense Department works to overhaul its policies after over 20 years of repeated civilian harm, we applaud the creation of this caucus to support those efforts, conduct meaningful and necessary oversight, and champion legislation to better protect civilians affected by conflict.

For more information and media inquiries, please contact:

Annie Shiel, Senior Advisor, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, ashiel@civiliansinconflict.org  

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