The United States Can and Should Broadly Contribute to the Trust Fund for Victims

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Russia, Ukraine, war crimes, International Criminal Court (ICC), Trust Fund for Victims


The United States has often assumed a leadership role in seeking accountability justice for victims of mass atrocities. The passage of the War Crimes Accountability provision demonstrates that it is prepared to take that leadership role with respect to the atrocities committed in Ukraine. But it can do more to help more people. This Symposium has shown that supporting the Trust Fund for Victims is in the United States’ strategic interests and possible from a legal standpoint, despite previous legislation that generally prohibits support to the Court.

The United States has the resources and the legal tools to advance justice and support survivors of atrocity crimes through the Trust Fund for Victims. Now it only needs to find the political courage to do so.


This is Part IV of a Just Security Symposium on United States support for the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims. Other articles in the series can be found here.

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