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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Trott Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide

March 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) introduced legislation calling for the United States government to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

“The world has not forgotten the heartbreaking deaths that occurred in 1915, when Ottoman authorities initiated a concerted offensive, specifically targeting Armenians in an attempt to exterminate their race. A cold, coordinated campaign, the Ottoman Empire didn’t only intend to wipe out the Armenians, but confiscate and destroy their Churches and artifacts, completely removing any memory of them ever existing. For far too long many have refused to recognize the genocide waged against the Armenian people over a century ago,” said Trott.

“Last year the House and Senate, both passed resolutions recognizing that the atrocities against committed against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria constituted genocide. It is time for us to stand with the Armenian people, and properly recognize this dark period of history.  As someone who is honored to be able to represent such a vibrant Armenian population in Southeast Michigan, I am proud to introduce this resolution and urge the United States government to stand in solidarity with the Armenian people to officially recognize the horrific events that transpired over a hundred years ago,” added Trott.

With over 17,000 Armenian-Americans in Michigan, Rep. Dave Trott has led the fight to recognize the Armenian genocide joining a Congressional delegation to visit Armenia for the 100th anniversary of the genocide and co-sponsoring a resolution to recognize the Armenian Genocide in the 114th Congress. Historians believe as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915, yet international governments – including the United States – have refused to label the killings as a genocide.

Rep. Trott was also joined by Reps. Schiff, Valadao, Bilirakis, Pallone, Speier, Chu, Jackson Lee, Sarbanes, Royce, Engel, Clark, McGovern, Carbajal, Eshoo, and Costa in underscoring their support for the recognition of the Armenian genocide.