Invisible Children’s CEO Ben Keesey with Pres. Obama as he signs the Rewards for Justice bill

RfJ signing ceremony

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, President Obama signed Rewards for Justice legislation. Our CEO Ben Keesey was invited to represent Invisible Children and all of the people around the country who have supported this effort. Also invited were a handful of human rights organizations including our  partners and friends at Resolve, Enough, and Humanity United.

In the shortest of explanations, this is legislation that will strengthen efforts to locate and arrest Joseph Kony by enabling the U.S. State Department to offer financial rewards for information that directly leads to his arrest. (Get the full picture of what the bill means and how it came to pass).

This victory belongs to everyone who attended LOBBY:DC or called their members of Congress and to everyone who helped make stopping Joseph Kony a priority for the United States. Without you, this bill would not have passed. But you applied pressure and it paid off…and then some.

In President Obama’s words, “We have made unmistakably clear that the United States is committed to seeing war criminals and other perpetrators of atrocities held accountable for their crimes, and today’s legislation can help us achieve that goal.”

We are encouraged by President Obama’s words and look forward to seeing even more action from his administration when it comes to stopping LRA violence. We also thank the men and women in Congress who cosponsored the bill– especially those that led the charge:

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

Finally, we thank our TRI members for their sustained dedication to seeing an end to LRA atrocities. Your monthly donation makes Invisible Children’s advocacy efforts possible and powerful.

Keep an eye out for Ben’s personal account of his experience in the oval office.  The photo below was taken just before the Signing Ceremony–Ben is standing outside of the White House with Michael Poffenberger of Resolve.

Ben Keesey and Michael Poffenberger at White House

18 Responses

  1. GOOD WORK EVERYONE! Who says you are to young or to small to make a difference in the world….

  2. Kenny Laubbacher says:

    holy crap.

  3. AlliSON says:

    SO glad this happened!

  4. rodger dodger says:

    Kony is a great man

  5. Frankie says:

    This a big step in the right direction!

  6. Congratulations!! Your friends at sevenhopesunited.com are cheering you on, and hope that Kony is located & arrested soon! You have already made such a huge difference for so many children and their families…and this is another big step forward.

  7. Heidi Devine says:

    Great news! Thank you Obama! Thank you Invisible Children.

  8. Maria says:

    I am very proud of USA, for sure this is a country of justice and freedom, good job Mr. President we need you, and we are proud of you, you keep the good job and stop war criminals and other perpetrators of atrocities from doing more damage the whole world

  9. Amy says:

    YAY Invisible Children. You all have inspired me for alomst 10 years and just when I think you can get any more amazing, YOU DO! Good work. I am so proud of your efforts and how you are making this world a better place. Your teams have come out to my school every year and inspired my students to make a difference. I feel so lucky to have been able to watch your organization grow as well as seeing the change you have made in the lives of my students. You are awesome!!!

  10. Viviane Guerchon says:

    In honor of my daughter Lauren Burk (murdered student at Auburn University in 2008), I must say this is a great step for the cause she so truly loved. Thank you for helping bring justice to this world.

  11. Kenneth Lacy says:

    Thank you President Obama and everyone who worked so hard for this next step in stopping Joseph Kony. Let’s all work even harder this year !

  12. Luis Montero says:

    I would like to suggest a little change in the first paragraph of this article.
    Instead of: “Our CEO Ben Keesey was invited to represent Invisible Children and all the people around the country…”, it should say: “…around the world”, since I know that there are many people here in Mexico (and in other parts of the world) that has supported actively the Invisible Children effort and we also feel proud for this achievement.
    Congratulations!
    Luis Montero
    Mexico City

  13. liliana says:

    Gracias a Dios se ven los frutos de tanto esfuerzo, reciban todo el apoyo del mundo para detener a personas como este q le hacen tanto daño a los niños—

  14. Nicole says:

    LOVE THIS. Makes me smile from ear to ear. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen. So happy for Ben and Michael:)

  15. All hard work leads to profit. You all have worked so hard for what you believe in, what we believe in and what is right! Now take a breath and keep going. Lives are counting on us. Well done but not finished.

  16. Seiah Kim says:

    Truly amazed to hear this! Keep up the great work guys!

  17. fernando says:

    Congratulations to everyone who made it happen,and the world is thankfull for your iforts.

  18. OWIREDU says:

    Many thanks from Africa.

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