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State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

Administration Statements on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the U.S. commitment to humanitarian and refugee assistance worldwide. Resources: Read President Obama’s remarks here. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. State Department fact sheet: “World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America’s Response” State Department’s…

USAID releases Global Health Programs Report for FY2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its “Annual Progress Report to Congress: Global Health Programs FY2013.” The report provides a summary of the Agency’s global health accomplishments in FY2013 and describes its efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths, create an AIDS free generation, and control and…

Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary of State, John Kerry, provided remarks at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place in London from June 10-13. During his remarks, Secretary Kerry summarized, among other things, U.S. efforts to end sexual violence through an expansion of the U.S. “Safe from the Start”…

“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

“End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” (H.R. 4847), which would “facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.” Among other things, the bill would expand the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)…

USAID releases book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures.” The book summarizes USAID’s efforts to advance global health, serving as a “record of [USAID’s] work [and] a catalog of lessons” over its 50-year history.

Secretary Kerry provides remarks for 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting

Secretary of State John Kerry provided video remarks for the 2014 PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Annual Meeting in Durban, South Africa. Among other things, Secretary Kerry reflected on PEPFAR’s progress under the Obama Administration to achieve an AIDS-free generation and, in an effort “to have greater transparency,…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator discusses PEPFAR at USAID town hall

On May 2, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx provided remarks at a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) town hall on “her vision for the next stage of PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).” According to a USAID Impact Blog post titled “The Future of PEPFAR” by…