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The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor aims to protect human rights and champion American values around the world.

  • The office is working to address human rights abuses in China, North Korea, Ukraine, Russia and other countries, said Scott Busby, deputy assistant secretary of the bureau and finalist for a Service to America Medal.
  • Busby helped create the “Khashoggi Ban,” which bans visas in the U.S. for those complicit in reaching outside their borders to repress dissident journalists or others who criticize their host government.
  • Busby, who has been a human rights advocate for decades, said his interest began in college when there was apartheid in South Africa and when he observed human rights abuses in Guatemala on a study abroad trip.

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A United Nations Security Council Session in New York City in 2019. In 2013 and 2014, Scott Busby helped bring international attention to human rights abuses in North Korea, leading to a UN Security Council debate about the situation. (State Department photo by Ron Przysucha)

Images of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are seen on a big screen during a commemorative ceremony in 2018 in Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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