Secretary Kerry on Meriam Ishag and Family

Secretary Kerry on Meriam Ishag and Family

Around the world, supporters of religious freedom celebrate the arrival of Meriam Ishag and her family in Rome. I am grateful to the Government of Italy for its role in working with the Government of Sudan to enable Ms. Ishag and her family to depart Sudan.

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Testimony: Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Testimony: Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

I’d like to take a few moments to discuss the victims of this crime as well. The thematic focus, as you mentioned, Congresswoman, is the “Journey from Victim to Survivor.” The impact of human trafficking is horrifying; those who escape modern slavery struggle to recover, heal, reclaim their lives. It is not an easy path, and true recovery is far from guaranteed, but it can happen, and governments can hasten that process.

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President Obama on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr 2014

President Obama on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr 2014

Eid celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

In the U.S., Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

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Ambassador Power on the Cease-fire Agreement for the Central African Republic

Ambassador Power on the Cease-fire Agreement for the Central African Republic

For far too long, the violent upheaval in CAR has caused unimaginable suffering for millions of innocent men, women and children. This cease-fire is a much-needed and encouraging first step in what remains our shared goal: restoring peace, security and economic stability to the people of CAR.

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