From the start of the uprising in Syria, SETF was inspired and worked hard to mobilize the Syrian community to support the revolution. SETF played a major role to establish a coalition to bring all the organizations together as a united political front to echo the voice of the revolution, SETF vision help drawing the real working map for all Syrian Organizations
Quote from our Executive Director:
“Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis in our lifetime. It is our never again moment and it is what drives our humanitarian and advocacy work. SETF is an organization for anyone who wants to help give a voice to the voiceless and to keep the spark of freedom, justice, and democracy alive in Syria while standing against tyranny and terrorism”
Areas of Focus
The Syrian Emergency Task Force was originally established to advocate on behalf of the Syrian people in the United States Government. We have never lost sight of that objective. We believe that it is the responsibility of the United States to play a leadership role in the world to help stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria because an end to the violence serves both US National Interests and aligns with our core values and principles that our country was founded on. Protecting civilians is also key in our fight against terrorism in the region and globally.
SETF understands the fact that peace is impossible without justice. We have regularly strived to support documentation efforts of the war crimes carried out against the Syrian people. In our partnership with the Ceaser team and renowned experts of international humanitarian law we have continuously pursued legal prosecutions of war criminals all over the world. In pursuit of justice we have accomplished the following and continue to work on bringing new court cases against perpetrators of war crimes:
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Working on the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen since World War II is no easy task. The Syrian Emergency Task Force focuses its humanitarian support to those still inside the war zone. Our work focuses on Internally Displaced People specifically orphans, besieged civilians, and those in most need. The overwhelming amount of funds and efforts of SETF goes to our humanitarian work and the following are some examples of our initiatives:
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SETF worked with donor governments to support civilian governing structures in liberated areas of Syria including Local Councils, local police forces, civilian courts, and civil society organizations. We hold workshops focused on Transitional Justice, Reconciliation, and support to youth minorities and women on the ground in Syria. The following are some examples of our activities:
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ?
"The Syrian Emergency Task Force is the single most effective grassroots organization working on the Syria conflict. With a small staff, and bare-bones operation, it engages effectively in Congress to develop legislation to hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. SETF has built broad coalitions of like-minded organizations to raise public awareness of the devastating human consequences of the Assad regime’s brutal campaign against the Syrian people. SETF’s staff has been relentless in its pursuit of justice for Syrians, advocating around the world in support of legal efforts to bring Assad and his senior officials before courts to answer for their crimes. It also undertakes extraordinary work on the ground, providing Syrian children with opportunities to continue their educations, supporting civil society activists, and laying foundations for a better future for all Syrians, whatever the outcome of the current conflict might be. I am proud to be associated with SETF and its outstanding, dedicated team." Steven Heydemann Dr. Ketcham Chair in Middle East Studies, Smith College SETF Advisory Board Member