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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

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
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

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

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
Press Release
Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
Dec 12, 2016 | Office of the Vice President

The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, where they discussed the importance of maintaining and expanding the world's most comprehensive trade relationship. The two leaders underscored the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation on a range of global issues, including their commitment to NATO, the counter-ISIL campaign, supporting Ukraine, and combating global climate change. The Prime Minister highlighted his initiatives to improve the welfare of Canada's First Nations and praised ...Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN General Assembly Tribute to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Dec 12, 2016 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Before I begin, let me join the President of the General Assembly and others in thanking the Deputy Secretary-General for his truly remarkable service. We have every expectation that you will continue to carry the UN Charter in your pocket for the rest of time and continue to do as you have done your entire your career, which is to advance the principals within it. We thank you. [Applause]

Let me also thank Mrs. Ban ...Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the DPRK
Dec 9, 2016 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power
The people of North Korea have so little power to change the nightmarish conditions in which they live, and they risk so much by trying. Speak up about not having enough to eat? Go to the prison camps. Try to organize neighbors or co-workers to change the dreadful living or labor conditions? Go to the prison camps. Flee for a better life and get caught? Go to the prison camps. But we – we who risk so little by speaking up on behalf of people who suffer so much – we have so many ways that we can help change the situation in the DPRK. Do we not owe it to those people trapped in North Korea to at least try? Would we not want others to do the same if we were in their place? ...Read More
Remarks at a Ceremony Awarding the Grand Cross 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Secretary Kerry
Dec 5, 2016 | Secretary of State John Kerry

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, I’m going to wear that around the office for the next three weeks and see if I get any respect at all. (Laughter.)

Guten Abend. Danke. Vielen dank. Thank you all for this really absolutely extraordinary and completely unexpected gathering. I’m so privileged and grateful for all of you coming here to share in this special moment, this friendship between Federal Republic of Germany and the United States, between Frank-Walter Steinmeier and ...Read More

International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2016
Dec 3, 2016 | Secretary of State John Kerry
We often think of human rights in theoretical terms, but for persons with disabilities the concept could not be more tangible. It finds its expression in a sidewalk with curb cuts; a public building with accessible entrances and bathrooms; a bus with lifts; an elevator with Braille and audio cues; a train platform with tactile strips; and students with intellectual and development disabilities being included in classes with non-disabled children. ...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

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  • 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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