From: The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Bill: H.Res. 528
Current Supporters of the H.Res 528 Resolution: Judy Chu (D), Robert Dold (R), Charles Rangel (D), Bennie Thompson (D), Corrine Brown (D), Janice Hahn (D), Robin Kelly (D), Marcia Fudge (D), Bonnie Coleman (D), Terri Sewell (D), and Frederica Wilson (D), Barbara Lee (D), Lois Frankel (D), John Conyers Jr (D), Yvette D Clarke (D), Keith Ellison (D), David Cicilline (D), John Lewis (D), Loretta Sanchez (D)
Supporters of the May 2015 Letter to Attorney General Lynch to create a Terror Victim Protection Fund (TVPF)
Amnesty International, Nigeria American Lawyers Association, Church of the Brethren (Washington, DC), International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse, and Acts 4 Accountability.
Sheila Jackson Lee, Eliot Engel, Christopher Smith, Karen Bass, John Conyers Jr., Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke, Raul M. Grijalva, Joe Pitts , Carolyn Maloney, Lois Frankel, Robin Kelly, Ed Royce, Rosa DeLauro, Ami Bera, Joseph Kennedy,
Randy Weber, Mark Meadows, Scott DesJarlais, Ted Poe,Joe Wilson , Brad Sherman, Mo Brooks, Brian Higgins, James E. Clyburn, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda, Bennie G. Thompson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marcia L. Fudge, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Bobby L. Rush, William Lacy ClayJr., Frederica Wilson, Terri Sewell, Joyce Beatty, Curt Clawson , Donna F. Edwards, Hakeem Jeffries, Cedric Richmond, Al Green, John Lewis, Loretta Sanchez and Eleanor Holmes-Norton.
2 years is 2 long: Let
us provide a voice for the voiceless
One only needs to look at the current news events across the globe.
We need to understand the imperative of protecting
survivors of terror and countering violent extremism.
We can make a difference for those in need of an escape from the tragedies they have endured.
We can provide them with a lifeline called
HOPE and set the example for others to follow.
The Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative seized
$458 million from former Nigerian Dictator Sanni Abacha. The forfeited funds are the
LARGEST kleptocracy forfeiture action brought into the United States.
Additionally, to our knowledge, upon recovery of the stolen or corruption-related assets, the Attorney General as the Chief Prosecutor of the United States has the discretion to
dispose of the funds as she deems fit.
Last May I wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressing the urgent need to establish a
Victims of Terror Protection Fund. This fund will grant the survivors of the Boko Haram-inflicted tragedies with an opportunity to
regain a life of dignity, a right inherently afforded to them as human beings.
A vision is the step before hope. This program WILL provide the survivors with a vision for a life worth living post-tragedy. Despite the written support of over 25 Members of Congress,
the Attorney General has NOT taken action. The seized $458 million, from former Nigerian dictator Sanni Abacha, can fund the
Victims of Terror Protection Fund.
Thus, I invite you to join me in co-sponsoring a resolution urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to establish a Victims Protection Fund for the victims of Boko Haram, migrants,
and all other internally displaced persons.
Last year, Nigeria was reported as having the highest number of displaced persons in Africa and the third largest in the world following Syria and Columbia. Even more troubling, facts have
emerged that thousands of women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram. Some of these women are handed over to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.
According to Amnesty International, in 2015 alone, 700 women and girls were freed from Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa Forest. It was reported that many of these survivors were intentionally
impregnated to create a new generation of violent militants.
Recovered survivors who were displaced by terrorist activity will be in dire need of support. A
Terror Victim Protection Fund can supply health aid, educational support, and overall improved social welfare. The cases of Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan are examples of prior kleptocracy initiatives that have been altered to benefit communities
and victims in need of support,and serve as models of successful implementation of such efforts.
For thousands of Boko Haram survivors to be reintegrated into global society, our goal is to have the forfeited assets available. Your support towards the reintegration of victims of violent
extremism and displacement will facilitate the healing process within the community. The next generation of youth will have the opportunity to be instrumental in combatting violent extremism and other social ills in their communities.
If you would like to co-sponsor this resolution in support of the victims of Boko Haram, please contact Abiola Afolayan at the office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at
Abiola.Afolayan@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-3816.
Very truly yours,
Sheila Jackson Lee
MEMBER OF CONGRESS