Manchester Terrorist Attack Statement

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We, the 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, stand united with Manchester and others around the world who are touched daily by terrorism.

Tragically, we know firsthand the depth of pain and heartache brought on by acts of terror. Our devastation is what drives our pursuit of an ideal where no other person or family will have to feel such sorrow ever again. It breaks our heart that innocent children, teenagers and others, who were merely enjoying a concert, were murdered in cold blood. All who were present, as well as their loved ones, will forever bear scars, both seen and unseen, of terrorism. As a society, it is our responsibility to ensure that all  people, especially our children, are safe and protected from harm – an obligation made difficult in today’s world where attacks on soft targets are increasingly difficult to predict.

The loss and wounds caused by terrorism never heal, and are wrenched open each and every time senseless, misguided hatred terrorizes another family or claims another life. We implore President Trump and all of Washington to do everything possible to eliminate the threat and protect our children.

Holding sponsors of terrorism accountable, and cutting off funding to terrorist groups, will make an immeasurable impact on thwarting future attacks. This is why we fought for 15 years to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which became law last year, finally allowing victims of terrorist attacks on our own soil to hold responsible parties accountable in U.S. courts. We are thankful for this step forward and will continue to see this mission through until the day all families around the world are safe from terrorism.

Terry Strada
9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, National Chair