Members of Congress to Commemorate Genocide on Capitol Hill

105-year-old Sirarpi Khoyan with Frank Pallone (D-NJ) at last year's event

WASHINGTON—Members of Congress will be joined by human rights advocates and Armenian Americans from across America to call for U.S. support for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide at the annual Capitol Hill observance set to take place in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room on April 13 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., reported the Armenian National Committee of America.
 
Organized by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues in cooperation with the Embassy of Armenia, Office of the Representative of Nagorno Karabakh and Armenian American groups, the observance honors the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide and reiterates the call on Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration to end U.S. complicity in Turkey’s international campaign of genocide denial.

Now in its 17th year, the annual event has attracted hundreds of U.S. legislators and served as an important venue for Armenian Americans and human rights advocates to share with elected officials their expectation that U.S. policy rise above Turkey’s threats and reflect the core values of the American people.
 
This year’s venue for the Genocide Observance is the Kennedy Caucus Room, where some of the most historic of Congressional hearings have been held – from the review of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 to Senate consideration of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. Sen. Bob Dole was honored by the ANCA at the Genocide Observance held in this room in 2001.
 
The Senate Caucus Room is located in the Russell Senate Office Building, located on Constitution Avenue, between Delaware Ave, NE and 1st Street NE. The closest metro station is Union Station (Red Line). Limited pay hourly parking will be available at Union Station parking structure. The ANCA is providing free shuttle bus service to the observance, departing at 4 p.m. from Holy Cross Armenian Church, 4906 Flint Drive, Bethesda, MD. To reserve a space on the bus, please contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@anca.org or call (202) 775-1918.

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