FBI Genocide SealThe mission of the FBI’s Genocide War Crimes Unit (GWCU)—the Bureau entity responsible for leading the charge against these kinds of horrific crimes—is to leverage law enforcement efforts to hold accountable to the rule of law perpetrators who have committed acts against humanity, including genocide, war crimes, torture, and the use of child soldiers.

GWCU uses three key strategies to meet its mission:

  • We investigate priority human rights cases together with our domestic and international law enforcement partners.
  • We work to enhance domestic and international information collection through our 56 field offices and more than 60 overseas legal attaché offices.
  • We provide training and technical assistance to international and foreign investigative bodies upon request, as appropriate.

The FBI is committed to investigating human rights violations and appreciates tips and information from the public and non-government partners. If you have any information related to perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, or other related mass atrocities, please submit it to us https://tips.fbi.gov/ or contact your local FBI office, domestically or internationally.

The military camp in Kigali, Rwanda, where 10 Belgian United Nations (U.N.) peacekeepers were tortured and murdered in 1994 at the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. The murders led to the evacuation of the Belgians, the largest contingent of the U.N. peacekeeping forces there at the time, and the number of U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda decreased from 3,000 to 300. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum photo


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 In Pursuit of…Joseph Kony

Joseph KonyIn 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Joseph Kony—head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)—and four other LRA leaders for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In 2010, the U.S. enacted into law the Lord’s Resistance Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which reaffirmed U.S. commitment to support our nation’s regional partners’ efforts to end the atrocities in central Africa. Key objectives of the U.S. commitment include increased protection of civilians, continued humanitarian relief, and—where the FBI’s Genocide War Crimes Program plays a supportive role—the apprehension of Kony and other senior LRA commanders.


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If you have any information about perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, or other related mass atrocities, please submit it to us at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or contact your local FBI office, domestically or internationally.