Advocating for a united, multi-ethnic and democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina

30 Years of Remembrance

Thirty years ago on May 31, 1992, the Serb  authorities in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) ordered all the non-Serb residents to  mark their houses with a white flag or sheet, and to wear a white armband if they left their  house. This was the first time since 1939, when the Nazi decree required the Polish Jews to wear white armbands with the Star of David on their sleeve, that members of an ethnic or religious group were marked for extermination in such a manner.
This was the beginning of the campaign of extermination of the non-Serb population in Prijedor, which resulted in the ethnic cleansing of 94% of the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Bosnian Croat (Bosnian Catholic) population from the Prijedor municipality.
As a result  of ethnic cleansing of the Prijedor municipality in BiH, including the town of Kozarac – 53,000 of its Bosniak residents were expelled from  their homes, some 3,176 unarmed civilians were executed, and 31,000 civilians were interned in  various Serb run concentration camps.
The stories of the victims and survivors must not be forgotten. We encourage our supporters to listen to Season 2 of Untold Killing , a podcast co-produced by Message Heard and Remembering Srebrenica, that focuses on the stories of the Prijedor region of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of the genocide and war in 1992.

Congressional Caucus on Bosnia

ACBH established the Congressional Caucus on BiH (Bosnia Caucus), which currently includes 22 members of U.S. Congress. The Bosnia Caucus is led by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and consists of members from both political parties and both chambers of Congress. The Bosnia Caucus is actively engaged in U.S. policy towards Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and enhancing the relationship between the two countries.

Congressional Caucus Members

Srebrenica Genocide Resolution

ACBH initiated language and process for the Senate Resolution 134 and the House Resolution 199, also known as the Srebrenica Genocide Resolution, which confirmed that “the policies of aggression and ethnic cleansing as implemented by Serb forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995 meet the terms defining the crime of genocide.” This paved the way for a similar resolution in the EU Parliament. In addition, ACBH helped write the language and pass House Resolution 310 commemorating 20 years since the Srebrenica Genocide and acknowledging that genocide took place on the entire territory of BiH – highlighting cities such as Sarajevo and Prijedor and the crimes that took place there.

2007-2017: A Decade of Bosnian American Advocacy

For over a decade, ACBH has been the most effective U.S. non-governmental organization promoting BiH and the interests and needs of Bosnian Americans. It is through the support of our donors, partners and volunteers that ACBH has been able to strengthen and assert the Bosnian American advocacy in front of policymakers in Washington, D.C. To read more about our work please see: 2007 2017 Decade of Bosnian-American Advocacy.


ACBH has organized over 100 events on BiH in Washington, D.C. and across the U.S. in order to advocate for the needs of the Bosnian American community and in promoting the mission of ACBH.


Each year, ACBH organizes the Srebrenica Genocide commemoration in U.S. Congress where we commemorate the victims and inform members of Congress, staff and participants on the dangers of genocide denial and the importance of continued and more robust U.S. engagement in BiH.

Congressional Briefing: “Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s Destabilizing Efforts in the Balkans”

On March 7, 2022, the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) hosted an off the record Congressional Briefing titled: “Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s Destabilizing Efforts in the Balkans,” featuring Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ambassador to the…

The State of Democracy and Governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina

ACBH together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), invites you to a virtual meeting with Administrator Samantha Power and Bosnian Americans.

2020 ACBH Gala


ACBH with the generous support from TCA has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support our educational mission. In line with our mission to increase the involvement of Bosnian Americans in the democratic process of the United States and cultivate a new generation of young Bosnian American leaders…


Thank you for your help in building a stronger and more active Bosnian community in the United States. As a non-profit organization, The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina relies on the support of individuals like you to strengthen our voice and advocate for a united, multi-ethnic and democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina.