WASHINGTON — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unveiled its updated Early Warning Project at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28.
Developed by the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and Dartmouth College, the Early Warning Project is a first-of-its-kind prevention tool that utilizes data analysis, crowd forecasting and qualitative assessments to help policy makers identify countries at risk of atrocities to prioritize responses that could prevent such crimes.
The tool focuses on atrocities against new victim groups; it does not forecast violence for ongoing atrocities.
Part of the Early Warning Project is a statistical risk assessment that focuses on countries where risk has been consistent over time and where risk has increased or decreased significantly.
A mass killing is considered to have occurred when the deliberate actions of state- or non-state armed groups result in the deaths of at least 1,000 non-combatant civilians targeted as a specific group over a period of one year or less.
The Early Warning Project is accessible at earlywarningproject.ushmm.org.