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Mission

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is a charitable nonprofit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.

Goals

USCBS goals address the challenges of protecting cultural property during conflict and are focused on the following areas:

  • Coordinate with the U.S. military, U.S. government, and cultural heritage organizations to protect cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.
  • Promote U.S. legal protections for and commitments to cultural property, consistent with the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Protocols.
  • Prepare and maintain a database of volunteers to advise and assist in the protection of cultural property worldwide damaged or threatened by armed conflict.
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of cultural property as the shared heritage of all humankind.
  • Provide advice and assistance to cultural organizations in emergency planning for situations involving armed conflict.

lionAs a non-profit organization, USCBS is financed primarily by membership fees. If you are interested in the protection of cultural property and wish to become a member of USCBS, please see our
"Get Involved" page.


The Board members of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield would like to thank the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi for their pro bono legal support.