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The United States is committed to ensuring that we are engaging not only with the leaders of today, but also with the leaders of tomorrow. Today’s generation of young people is the largest and most interconnected the world has ever seen, defined by energy, talent, and optimism.  U.S. youth programs empower the next generation through exchange programs, leadership development, educational transformation and democratic ideals, and is part of our commitment to engaging with civil society.

Youth News

Press Release
Ambassador Haley on World Refugee Day
Jun 20, 2017 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley
The United States gives more humanitarian aid than any other country, but money alone is not enough—we must also work to end the conflicts that drive these people from their homes, while tearing apart their countries. We have lots of work to do at the UN, but the world's refugees and the countries that host them should know they can continue to count on the United States to lead,” said Ambassador Haley. ...Read More
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HRC 35: Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women – Morning Panel
Jun 13, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council
“Voices Against Violence: The Gender Based Violence Initiative” is a public-private partnership of the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s Issues. The program provides training on how to engage men and boys in combating gender-based violence; engages men to be advocates for gender equality; and aims to change perceptions of harmful gender norms. ...Read More
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Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights
Jun 9, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

As delivered by Kathryn Keeley

Thank you for organizing this timely and important panel. The United States views the upcoming UN negotiation of the global migration compact as an opportunity to develop practical voluntary commitments to facilitate safe, orderly, and regular migration and to improve assistance to migrants in vulnerable situations, including unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents, who are at greater risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.

Unaccompanied migrant children and ...Read More

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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
Jun 9, 2017 | U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council
The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Labor Trafficking Initiative to strengthen efforts through training, enhanced intelligence models, and strategic outreach in order to improve identification of labor trafficking cases. Additionally, the Department of Labor (DOL) working closely with the Department of Justice, enhanced its protocols for detection and referral of potential labor trafficking cases. ...Read More
U.S. Statements before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
May 16, 2017 | Concerning U.S. Implementation of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Thank you Madam Chair. I am Theodore Allegra, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

I have the honor and the privilege to address the Committee on the Rights of the Child today on behalf of the United States. The United States cares deeply about human rights and fundamental freedoms, including those that will be the focus of our ...Read More

International Women's Day
Mar 8, 2017 | Acting State Department Spokesperson, Mark C. Toner
From human rights to human security, women make the world a better place. We celebrate this today and look forward to recognizing a number of incredible women in person later this month. On March 29th, we will have the honor of presenting the 2017 International Women of Courage Awards. To date, this award has recognized nearly 100 women who have contributed to global stability, peace, and prosperity, often in the face of incredible adversity. ...Read More
The Private Sector: An Essential Partner in Combating Human Trafficking
Jan 11, 2017 | Director of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Marcia Eugenio

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The work of the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs forms a critical part of a broad interagency effort  to combat these abuses.

It’s happening as you read this, in multiple corners of the globe: Somewhere, children ...Read More

El Sector Privado: Socio Esencial para Combatir la Trata Humana
Jan 11, 2017 | Director of the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Marcia Eugenio

Enero es el Mes Nacional de la Prevención de la Esclavitud y la Trata Humana. El trabajo de la Oficina de Asuntos Laborales Internacionales del Departamento hace parte crítica de un amplio ...Read More

UPR Recommendations for Working Group 5: Immigration, Migrants, Labor, Trafficking, and Children
Dec 21, 2016 | U.S. Federal Government

UPR Recommendations and Positions

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USUN at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Trafficking of Persons in Conflict Situations
Dec 20, 2016 | U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs, Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
By articulating the nexus between conflict, sexual violence, and trafficking in persons, we can take practical action. Together, we can get governments, civil society, and the UN system to begin systematically to monitor for signs of trafficking in conflict, to train relevant humanitarian personnel and all peacekeeping personnel in how to recognize and respond to victims, to analyze financial flows – to follow the money – to identify where terrorist and armed groups are profiting from the proceeds of human trafficking, and to share information and to seek justice for these crimes. ...Read More

Worst Forms of Child Labor

  • 2014 Worst Forms of Child Labor Report by the U.S. Department of Labor

Fact Sheet

  • YSEALI Fact Sheet

Featured Quote

  • Thread "We’re here today because the United States and countries across Africa are natural partners, and it’s time to take our partnership to the next level by investing in the continent’s greatest natural resource of all: its people." - Secretary Kerry at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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