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    White House Forum on Combatting Human Trafficking

    The Coalition of Immokalee Workers have organized communities, stood by tomato workers for more than 20 years, and changed the face of this industry. They’ve pioneered a zero tolerance policy that puts workers and social responsibility at the absolute center. Their program ensures a price premium which buyers agree to pay directly to the farm worker, and the coalition provides worker-to-worker training sessions on site around the clock. They make certain that there are health and safety committees for – on every farm. And they’ve already enlisted the major support of buyers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Compass Group, and Fresh Market.

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President Obama on the Death of Kenji Goto
Jan 31, 2015 | President Barack Obama

The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL. Through his reporting, Mr. Goto courageously sought to convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world. ...Read More
USUN Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians
Jan 30, 2015 | Alternate Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs, Ambassador David Pressman

The threats facing women and children in conflict are worsening, not improving, in many parts of the world. We can and we must work together to turn this tide. ...Read More
Remarks at a Justice Department Event Marking National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Jan 29, 2015 | Acting Deputy Attorney General, Sally Quillian Yates

It’s important that we train law enforcement to deal with some of the unique issues in human trafficking cases and that we engage with our community. For example, we found that often street cops, those who are most likely to encounter victims of human trafficking, didn’t recognize them to be victims but instead treated them as willing prostitution defendants. ...Read More
Ambassador Baer on Treatment of Ukrainian Hostages
Jan 29, 2015 | U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Daniel B. Baer

We are appalled by recent reports that the Russia-backed separatists have beaten, tortured, and subsequently publicly paraded Ukrainian security forces captured at the Donetsk airport. The detainees were forcibly dragged to the site of the trolleybus bombing in Donetsk, where they were forced to ask the public for “forgiveness.” The separatists took pictures of the captured soldiers and posted them all over the Internet. We condemn these actions. They are further examples of the Russia-backed ...Read More

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Zone 9 Bloggers Move to Trial on Amended ATP Charges in Ethiopia
Jan 29, 2015 | State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki

The U.S. is concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s January 28, 2015, decision to proceed with the trial of six bloggers and three independent journalists on charges under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The decision undermines a free and open media environment—critical elements for credible and democratic elections, which Ethiopia will hold in May 2015. ...Read More

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