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The U.S. publishes the Child Soldiers Prevention Act List in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, identifying the f...
02/14/2021
2020 Trafficking in Persons Report - United States Department of State

The U.S. publishes the Child Soldiers Prevention Act List in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, identifying the foreign governments having recruited or used child soldiers as defined by the CSPA. Read about the 2020 listings here: http://ow.ly/r5K550Dye5q

2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons To request a hard copy of the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report, please email [email protected] and provide your mailing address. Please note that due to high demand, your order may not be processed right awa...

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02/14/2021

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02/13/2021

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02/13/2021

COVID-19 has exacerbated the factors that contribute to a child’s vulnerability to recruitment and use, from increased poverty to diminished access to schools. It is our shared responsibility to prevent and punish the recruitment and use of child soldiers. #ChildrenNotSoldiers

02/12/2021

Senior Bureau Official Lisa Peterson enjoyed celebrating Losar, the Tibetan New Year, today with CTA Representative Ngodup Tsering. The event showcased Tibet's rich cultural heritage and the importance of its preservation. We wish all Tibetans a prosperous Year of the Metal Ox!

Tune into our 2021 Virtual Losar Celebration now, we are live-streaming to Youtube at: http://ow.ly/SODQ50Dz8ks
02/12/2021

Tune into our 2021 Virtual Losar Celebration now, we are live-streaming to Youtube at: http://ow.ly/SODQ50Dz8ks

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02/12/2021

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02/12/2021

This week, we join our Tibetan friends from around the world in celebrating Losar. We're honored to support Tibetans and celebrate their rich culture this year, and for many years to come. We wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous Happy #LunarNewYear!

Losar Tashi Delek! Join us this Friday, February 12th at 3pm for a virtual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, f...
02/10/2021

Losar Tashi Delek! Join us this Friday, February 12th at 3pm for a virtual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, featuring presentations reflecting Tibetans' unique and rich culture! Tune in here on our page at www.facebook

02/05/2021

Eighty years ago, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s "Four Freedoms" speech and the iconic paintings he inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell encouraged Americans fighting for Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom of Expression.

Expression in the form of peaceful protest movements are crucial to U.S. history and culture. Advocates for equal rights...
02/05/2021

Expression in the form of peaceful protest movements are crucial to U.S. history and culture. Advocates for equal rights for Black Americans, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI persons held government accountable and sparked transparent discussions and positive change.

02/04/2021

Freedom of expression is crucial during challenging times. Sadly, in some places journalists & healthcare workers face harassment and arrest over accusations of spreading false news. Transparency and accurate info about COVID-19 & the vaccine are key to ending the pandemic.

Freedom of expression includes press freedom. News reporting should be independent from political and commercial pressur...
02/03/2021

Freedom of expression includes press freedom. News reporting should be independent from political and commercial pressure. Information should be accessible, transparent, and equitable. We support free expression in all aspects of the media.

02/02/2021

Authoritarian leaders suppress the free flow of information to prevent debate about important issues. Rather than condemn and conceal information, governments should reward transparency and accountability, and ensure freedom of expression for all.

Freedom of Expression is a cornerstone of vibrant democracies. Governments should welcome dissent as an opportunity for ...
02/01/2021

Freedom of Expression is a cornerstone of vibrant democracies. Governments should welcome dissent as an opportunity for learning, debate, & improvement, and ensure accountability for those who violently try to suppress differing opinions, especially those of vulnerable groups.

02/01/2021

The final freedom that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described in his “Four Freedoms” speech is a cherished American value found in our First Amendment and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is the Freedom of Expression.

Accountability and rule of law protect people from living in fear. Where governments provide transparent, fair, and reli...
01/28/2021

Accountability and rule of law protect people from living in fear. Where governments provide transparent, fair, and reliable institutions and access to justice, there is freedom. Where there are arbitrary arrests, sham trials, and political prisoners, there is fear.

01/27/2021

The pandemic has shown the world that nothing can be taken for granted. Reliable information lessens the overwhelming fear of the virus and provides comfort. Together, we can create a world free from fear through honest, transparent, and accountable governance.

Norman Rockwell’s painting “Freedom from Fear" embodies the safety and security we all deserve. We wish to feel impervio...
01/26/2021

Norman Rockwell’s painting “Freedom from Fear" embodies the safety and security we all deserve. We wish to feel impervious to outside evils land to enjoy comfort and safety throughout our lives.

A world in which everyone is granted the freedom from fear allows everyone, rich or poor, assurance that their government will not harm them, that their home will be there tomorrow, and that they can plan for their future.

The third mention in  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms" speech is Freedom from Fear, a freedom denie...
01/25/2021

The third mention in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms" speech is Freedom from Fear, a freedom denied to the victims of authoritarianism and oppression. We must gather together to identify and thwart the causes that bring fear and promote the right for all to live without fear.

01/23/2021
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The U.S. was the most generous country in the world in the last decade. Surveys of more than one million people showed that Americans were more likely to say they had recently helped a stranger, contributed financially to a cause or volunteered their time. http://ow.ly/RLeB50DcSg9

U.S. laws ensure all workers have a minimum wage. This protects workers from exploitation, ensures all workers benefit f...
01/22/2021

U.S. laws ensure all workers have a minimum wage. This protects workers from exploitation, ensures all workers benefit from their labor, and promotes a decent standard of living for all Americans.

01/21/2021

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President Kennedy’s famous line challenged everyday Americans to contribute to the public good, and they rose – and continue rising – to the challenge.

America’s culture of volunteerism includes U.S. government, public-private partnerships, and individual citizens. The Peace Corps, for example, has sent thousands of American volunteers around the world to share their expertise in a range of fields.

AmeriCorps is a U.S. government service program that provides thousands of American volunteers with opportunities in the U.S. to improve lives. They mentor students, build homes, help clean national parks, and provide support during and after natural disasters.

In some places, want is the result of corruption. In the U.S., activists and journalists advocate for transparency and d...
01/21/2021

In some places, want is the result of corruption. In the U.S., activists and journalists advocate for transparency and demand accountability to bring injustice to light. This prevents resources that are supposed to help many people from being used to benefit only a small class of people.

U.S. government social welfare programs help those who fall behind. The Social Security Act of 1935 takes care of the elderly, survivors, and those workers, and their families, who incur a disability at work. Medicare provides health insurance benefits, and other programs provide food for the most vulnerable. Last year, U.S. federal, state, and local governments collectively spent nearly $1.87 billion on these programs.

Last week, we  explored Freedom of Religion. This week, from FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech, we look at what Freedom from ...
01/19/2021

Last week, we explored Freedom of Religion. This week, from FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech, we look at what Freedom from Want means in American society – and how the U.S. government and American people address it.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his speeches and writings. Ten years ago, the United States unveiled a memoria...
01/18/2021

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his speeches and writings. Ten years ago, the United States unveiled a memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall in Washington, DC, where visitors can read some of his most famous and powerful words.

01/18/2021

Dr. King's powerful "I Have a Dream" speech inspired people around the world, as did his values of civic engagement, freedom of expression, and peaceful protest on behalf of human rights and dignity. He said: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Today Americans honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who believed in the promise of a world that respects human...
01/18/2021

Today Americans honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who believed in the promise of a world that respects human rights for everyone. In the global effort for peace, prosperity, and human rights, we must never forget to use our freedoms to uplift and support one another.

01/15/2021
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Assistant Secretary Robert Destro spoke with women Tibetan journalists: "I heard their experiences reporting on Tibet and its people. Their dedication to providing vital information in often difficult circumstances is a positive example for women around the world." https://fb.watch/31oFWoeg-8/

US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert A. Destro meets with Tibetan Female Journalists.

01/14/2021

Americans exercise their faith freely every day. Faith-based organizations from every tradition play an important role in American society, from advancing charitable causes to advocating for the improvement of local communities through development initiatives.

The U.S. also protects the rights of those who do not practice a religion, a right upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court when it ruled public schools cannot require students to pray. Students may meet to pray privately, but a school cannot force others to do the same.

In 2009, a Native American family in Texas challenged their school district’s rule against male students growing hair past their ears. The parents sought a religious freedom exemption for their son. The court ruled in favor of the family's right to practice their religion freely.

The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom by guaranteeing the right of all people to ...
01/13/2021

The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom by guaranteeing the right of all people to worship or not worship, however they choose. Government cannot discriminate on the basis of religion, nor can it impose beliefs on anyone.

All human beings have the right to determine their religious beliefs for themselves. In the U.S., the First Amendment guarantees that right to people from all faith backgrounds. The U.S. condemns religious persecution and remains committed to defending religious liberty.

Assistant Secretary Robert Destro was honored to speak with His Holiness Dalai Lama: "I have long admired his peaceful d...
01/13/2021

Assistant Secretary Robert Destro was honored to speak with His Holiness Dalai Lama: "I have long admired his peaceful dedication to teaching Tibetan Buddhist traditions. We reject attempts by any government to limit the freedom of religious communities to select their own leaders." #FreedomOfReligion

01/13/2021

Last week was the 80th anniversary of the "Four Freedoms" speech by President Roosevelt. For the next four weeks, we will explore each of the freedoms mentioned, beginning with Freedom of Religion.

Review the Four Freedoms by watching the video below!

On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt made clear in his speech that the U.S. was fighting for the freedoms that belong...
01/06/2021

On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt made clear in his speech that the U.S. was fighting for the freedoms that belong to everyone. These include freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

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