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Recently our school had the privilege of hearing John Prendergast, a former student at Archbishop John Carroll High School and the Co-founder of the Enough Project, speak about one of his projects initiatives to end genocide and crimes against humanity. He spoke to us about the current conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and our responsibility as consumers to advocate for the use of conflict-free minerals in the manufacture of our electronics.

The illicit trade in minerals which go into our electronic products, such as cell phones and computers, is a key driver of this conflict. Nearly six million people have died as a result of the conflict in eastern Congo, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade. This trade generates over $180 million in annual profits for the armed groups responsible for the continuing violence and atrocities. The armed groups finance themselves through the trade in four main minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.

As your current and future constituents, we urge you to cosponsor the Conflict Minerals Trade Act (H.R. 4128). Introduced in November 2009, this bill is the strongest effort yet to address the scourge of conflict minerals in Congo. The bill will allow the United States government to help ensure that companies under U.S jurisdiction no longer contribute to human rights violations by ordering the inspection of imported goods and penalties for companies whose goods contain conflict minerals. This bill will also develop mechanisms to allow the Congolese people to benefit from these resources.

We believe this bill is an indispensable step toward neutralizing one of the key components of the conflict in eastern Congo and assuring American consumers that their electronics purchases are not financing crimes against humanity.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Congressman Joseph Sestak (D-07)

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