“We need the U.S. to take leadership in the process of achieving resolution and to stop this genocide.” – Congresswoman Jackson Lee (Source)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is deeply committed to working to remedy the humanitarian crisis which is consuming the Darfur region of Sudan. Particularly concerned about the welfare of the children, Rep. Jackson Lee held a briefing on the state of children in Darfur. Following the briefing, she led a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Darfur, where she visited children in refugee camps. Upon her return to the U.S., she introduced legislation condemning in the strongest terms the attacks on African Union peacekeepers that occurred in Haskanita, Darfur, which subsequently passed in the House of Representatives.
In April of 2006, the Congresswoman and four of her colleagues were arrested for protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy. This act of civil disobedience drew widespread and much needed attention to the genocide being inflicted on the people of Darfur.