United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The Power of Truth: 20 Years

Center for the Prevention of Genocide: Our Milestones

The Center for the Prevention of Genocide carries out the mandate of the Committee on Conscience to "alert the national conscience, influence policy makers, and stimulate worldwide action to prevent and halt acts of genocide."

Explore this slideshow of some major milestones in the Museum's genocide prevention efforts.

The words of the Museum's founding chairman have inspired our work from the very beginning. Since the Museum's creation 20 years ago, we have honored the memory of the victims of the Holocaust by working to prevent genocide today.

June 14, 1995: The Museum's Governing Council establishes the Committee on Conscience to "work to halt acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity."

June 12, 2002: Former Canadian General Romeo Dallaire speaks at the Museum about his experiences as commander of a small United Nations peacekeeping force during the Rwandan genocide.

Summer 2004: Jerry Fowler, former staff director of the Committee on Conscience, travels to Chad to meet refugees from Sudan. Following his visit, the Museum declares a "genocide emergency" for Darfur.

May 2009: The Museum's From Memory to Action exhibition opens, illustrating that genocide did not end with the Holocaust. Visitors are asked to pledge to help meet the challenge of genocide today.

September 2010: The Committee on Conscience conducts a bearing witness trip to South Sudan to observe preparations for the January 2011 referendum on independence.

April 23, 2012: President Obama speaks at the Museum, announcing the formation of the Atrocities Prevention Board to increase the US government's capacity to prevent genocide.

July 24, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the Museum's conference on ending genocide in the 21st century.

January 15, 2013: Mike Abramowitz (fourth from left), director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide, represents the Museum at a White House bill signing related to bringing perpetrators of genocide to justice.