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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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  • Remembering the Liberation of Auschwitz

    Remembering the Liberation of Auschwitz

    Despite efforts to ensure the world could never deny what happened, there are those who continue to insist the Holocaust never happened; a baseless denial of the truth, grounded in anti-Semitism, racism and hatred. The Nazi regime was able to carry out its evil scheme because so many were silent when, for almost five years, Auschwitz was a factory for murder where more than a million lives were taken. It is a reminder that we cannot be silent, that we must oppose the power of evil wherever it exists, and that whenever we find anti-Semitism, we must come together to fight it to make sure the horrors of the Nazi regime are never forgotten and never repeated.

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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

Press Release
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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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
Press Release
Secretary Kerry on the 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust
Jan 27, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

In founding the United Nations, President Truman reminded us that “it is easier to remove tyrants and destroy concentration camps than it is to kill the ideas which gave them birth and strength.” The duty we have is an active one: to confront and defend against those who attack others on the basis of race or religion; unite against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and sectarian hate; insist on the rule of law in relations among states and between people; and reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental rights and dignity of every human being. ...Read More
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President Obama in Address to the People of India
Jan 27, 2015 | President Barack Obama

Our freedom of religion is written into our founding documents. It’s part of America’s very first amendment. Your Article 25 says that all people are “equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.” In both our countries -- in all countries -- upholding this fundamental freedom is the responsibility of government, but it's also the responsibility of every person. ...Read More

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