A Darfurian refugee. 2006. —Ron Haviv for US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Center for the Prevention of Genocide
The Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide undertakes a wide range of actions to make genocide prevention a national and international priority by increasing the public’s understanding of how and why genocide and mass atrocities happen, inspiring people to care, and galvanizing policy makers to create the tools and structures needed to avert the next crisis.
What is genocide?
The term "genocide" did not exist before 1944. It is a very specific term, referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group.