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Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014 The U.S. Department of State and the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism sponsored a discussion, “Reality Check:  An Examination of... Read More

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Turning Commitment Into Action

Time and again, we hear horrific accounts of violence perpetrated against women in conflicts around the world. But this violence is not inevitable. The United States is committed to addressing... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the implementation of President Poroshenko's peace plan. The Vice President welcomed Ukraine's unilateral declaration of a ceasefire... Read More

Secretary Kerry Background Briefing in Amman, Jordan

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: So this is a background briefing previewing Secretary Kerry’s trip to Baghdad tomorrow. We have on the phone with us , who will be known... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Welcoming the Release of Ales Byalyatski

The United States welcomes the release today of Ales Byalyatski as a positive development. Byalyatski received the State Department's 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award for his work advocating for victims... Read More

Secretary Kerry Commemorating World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a time to honor the strength and resilience of refugees around the world and renew our... Read More

World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America's Response (Fact Sheet)

“We honor the dignity, courage, and determination of these men, women and children who have fled persecution and violence in their homelands and the commitment and generosity of the countries... Read More

Briefing on the Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

MR. RATHKE: Okay. Thank you, operator. I’m Jeff Rathke, director of the Press Office here at the State Department. And today we’re doing a call with Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, who... Read More

Five Things To Know on World Refugee Day

1. There are more people displaced by violence and conflict on the planet right now than at any time since World War II.  The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says... Read More

President Obama on World Refugee Day 2014

Today I join people around the world in commemorating World Refugee Day. It is an opportunity to honor the resilience of those who flee violence and persecution and the dedication... Read More

Ukraine-related Designations

Specially Designated Nationals List Update The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: BOLOTOV, Valery (a.k.a. BOLOTOV, Valeri; a.k.a. BOLOTOV, Valeriy); DOB 1970; alt. DOB 1971 (individual) . ... Read More

Treasury Sanctions Additional Individuals for Threatening the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine

Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten... Read More

Secretary Kerry on 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

The Department of State joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the... Read More

Girls Deserve To Learn: No Exceptions

As President Obama said, if a country is educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. Education is a silver bullet for empowering women... Read More

U.S. Statement at the UPR Working Group Report for Eritrea

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR WG Report for Eritrea The United States welcomes the return of the Eritrean delegation... Read More

HRC 26 Joint Statement Condems Massive Human Rights Violations and Abuses in South Sudan

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The United States joined the following statement, which was read before the Human Rights Council by Belgium. Item... Read More

Background Briefing on Ukraine

MODERATOR: Thanks very much. So thanks to everybody for joining us, and we have with us today a senior Administration official, and we’re here to talk about Ukraine. We don’t... Read More

Vice President Biden Remarks to the Press with Q&A in Guatemala

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks. Thank you for waiting. I appreciate it. I’ve just finished, as most of you know, a day of meetings, and I would say very constructive... Read More

Fact Sheet: Unaccompanied Minor Children from Central America

The Administration remains greatly concerned by the rise in unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing into the United States. These children are some of the most vulnerable, and... Read More

Ambassador Power on World Refugee Day

From Syria to Burma to central Africa, more than 50 million people have been driven from their homes, and forced to seek refuge from violent conflict, political, religious or ethnic... Read More


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