Who Are the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes?

By  Kari Johnstone  on June 28, 2018 Each year, the Department of State honors individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals have included NGO workers, community activists, lawmakers, police officers, survivors of human trafficking, and concerned citizens. They are recognized for their tireless efforts–despite resistance, opposition, and threats to ...
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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

Secretary of State Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” Pompeo spoke May 29 as the State Department released the  2017 International Religious Freedom Report  describing the state of religious freedom in countries around the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary ...
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LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC – June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI ...
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What You Can Do To Help Combat Human Trafficking

As we near the end of  National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month , we must remember that the struggle of millions of trafficking victims around the world continues. President Trump’s first Presidential Proclamation of 2018 is a reminder that the horrors of human trafficking,  also known as modern slavery , persist today and that an estimated 25 million people are currently subjected to modern slavery worldwide. ...
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The Humans of Human Rights: Celebrating International Human Rights Day

By  Kerri Spindler-RantaJonathan Collett  on December 8, 2017 Protecting human rights for all is essential to maintaining international peace and is a core element of U.S. foreign policy.  Throughout the year, the  Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor  supports the vital work of human rights defenders who tirelessly document abuses and hold governments accountable.  On this Human Rights Day, we highlight some of the heroes ...
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Susan Straight on Eliminating Gender-Based Violence

Susan Straight is a professor, author, and mother of three. On the International Day to End Violence Against Women and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign activities, she shares some of her thoughts and experiences on gender, women’s rights, and violence against women through a series of videos.  For more information ...
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International Women’s Day / Women’s History Month

In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day). Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – TURKEY

Link to Full Report on Turkey:  http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2016&dlid=265482 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey is a constitutional republic with a multiparty parliamentary system and a president. A unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. Binali Yildirim succeeded Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister in May. Civilians at times did not maintain effective control over security forces. On July 15, ...
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The many faces of King in America’s cities

ShareAmerica A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. overlooks a Los Angeles parking lot. (© Camilo Vergara) “I just want the most spontaneous ones,” said Camilo Vergara, referring to his photos of street art depicting Martin Luther King Jr., “the ones that came from the gut.” Vergara is a Chilean-American sociologist and photographer who has documented ...
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Ambassador Bass Visited The Resettlement Support Center in Turkey

September 23, 2016 | Istanbul US Ambassador John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass visited the Resettlement Support Center (“RSC”) in Turkey where refugees who are referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”) have their cases screened and then adjudicated for resettlement by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Once they are found eligible ...
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Domestic Violence Expert Mark Wynn | Ankara

Mark Wynn, a retired Nashville police officer and an expert on domestic violence was invited by the U.S. Embassy to participate in speaking events with women’s NGOs and federations, experts at municipalities , provincial directorates and the ministry of family and social policies, advisors at shelters and violence prevention and monitoring centers, lawyers, social service ...
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