Statement on 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. ...
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U.S. Embassy and NATFATIP Trafficking in Persons Island Tour

In an effort to build awareness and ultimately contribute to the eradication of human trafficking in Jamaica, the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP), through the Ministry of Justice, funded a TIP awareness tour targeting communities across the island between January 16-19, 2018. The tour comprised five ...
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US-JA Partners against Gender-Based Violence

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10. Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, this day – and the ensuing campaign – offers ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, ...
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2016 Human Rights Report

The State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices document the human rights situation in 199 countries and territories around the world.  As mandated by Congress, the U.S. government uses the Human Rights Reports as part of our foreign policy formulation, including our decision making on foreign assistance. The Human Rights Reports are also ...
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr. is renowned as the hero who fought and died to end racial discrimination and advance civil rights in the United States. But his influence and inspiration is felt well beyond his home country. Streets and boulevards named after King can be found all over the world, from Niger to Australia, Brazil to Germany. There is ...
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