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Preventing and Responding to Atrocities: An Interactive Discussion

Summary: 
The White House hosts an interactive panel with Administration officials, student leaders and organizations about how communities across America are mobilizing and playing a role in saving lives around the word.

Ed. Note: This live event has concluded. Watch the on-demand introduction video below and watch all of the panels on the White House's YouTube page.

This morning, President Obama spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate the Holocaust, saying, "We must tell our children. But more than that, we must teach them. Because remembrance without resolve is a hollow gesture. Awareness without action changes nothing. In this sense, "never again" is a challenge to us all -- to pause and to look within." Read the President's full remarks here.

This afternoon, the White House is hosting an event to honor the pledge of "never again" and we are inviting all of you to join in the interactive discussion. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET, you can watch the White House event with Administration officials, student leaders and organizations about how communities across America are mobilizing and playing a role in saving lives around the word. 

The agenda for the event, which begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, includes:

Introductory Remarks

  • Jon Carson, Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

Discussion with the Atrocities Prevention Board

Moderator: Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council

Panel Discussion: “Never Again”

Moderator: Mike Abramowitz, Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Genocide Prevention Program, with panelists:

  • Monique Beadle, Advocacy Director, Falling Whistles
  • Stacy Burdett, Director of Government and National Affairs, Anti-Defamation League
  • Omer Ismail, Enough Advisor, The Enough Project
  • Daniel Solomon, Student Director, STAND

Panel Discussion: Modern Tools for an Ongoing Challenge

Moderator: Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State, with panelists:

  • Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS
  • Jon Hutson, Satellite Sentinel Project
  • Benjamin Keesey, CEO, Invisible Children
  • Don Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID

Panel Discussion: Sudan and South Sudan, and the LRA: What More Can Be Done?

Moderator: Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, with panelists:

  • Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council
  • Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

Closing Remarks by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications