New FBI Genocide and War Crimes Website

The FBI has launched a  Genocide War Crimes Program website in an attempt to raise awareness about such crimes and the FBI’s part in helping to combat them.

According to Special Agent Jeffrey VanNest, who heads up the Genocide War Crimes Unit (GWCU), their mission is to “systematically and methodically help track down perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and other related atrocities—the worst of the worst—and apprehend them.”

Since most of these crimes occur in foreign nations, the GWCU participates via a network of legal attachés who have established relationships in place with counterparts in foreign nations and who coordinate GWCU’s work with international criminal tribunals, including INTERPOL.

The website outlines how the FBI offers support to foreign authorities—such as crime scene preservation, interviewing techniques, age-enhancing photos, language services, and increasingly, victim/witness services—and who our primary domestic and international partners are.

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