President Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018 into law on Tuesday. The bill establishes “US policy to ensure that humanitarian, stabilization, and recovery assistance for nationals and residents of Iraq or Syria, and of communities from those countries, is directed toward ethnic and minority individuals and communities with the greatest need, including those individuals and communities that are at risk of persecution or war crimes.”
President Trump noted in his remarks during the signing ceremony that the “bill continues [his] administration’s efforts to direct U.S. assistance toward persecuted communities, including through faith-based programs. It also allows the government agencies to assist a range of entities in investigating and prosecuting ISIS’s despicable acts.”
The new law will enable the federal government or other entities, including faith-based groups, to provide financial and technical assistance for the humanitarian, stabilization, and recovery needs of current and former religious minority nationals or residents of Iraq and Syria.