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Who’s vulnerable to human trafficking?

Every year millions of people are trafficked worldwide, including within the United States. The State Department has an office dedicated to saving potential victims. Kari Johnstone, acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, explained that anyone could be a potential victim of human trafficking, but people living in underserved communities […]


Preventing international child abductions and regulating international adoptions

Michelle Bernier-Toth, special advisor for children’s issues at the Office of Children’s Issues, explains how her office prevents international child abductions, supports international adoptions and works with other countries on these efforts


Initiatives of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Todd Robinson, assistant secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the State Department, discusses the mission of his bureau and its efforts to combat the international drug trade, support Ukraine and train law enforcement officials


Defense and State Department officials on ‘unprecedented’ Afghanistan evacuation

Once it became clear last summer that the Afghan government would fall, the highest priority became the quick and safe evacuation of Americans, eligible Afghans and other allies. After that, the Defense and State Departments were responsible for providing them housing and services. Those teams included Hila Hanif, director of Afghanistan strategy and policy at […]


State Department bureau advocates for human rights in countries around world

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 […]


State Department launches new Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

Pursuing American diplomacy in a more competitive world requires a fresh look at modern problems. As part of his modernization agenda, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the creation of a new Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau, led by Jennifer Bachus, senior bureau official and principal deputy assistant secretary. Bachus told Government Matters the bureau […]


Former ambassador calls for mentorship program for diversity at State Department

The House Appropriations Committee took advice at a hearing Thursday on how to improve diversity and inclusion at the State Department. Harry Thomas, former Ambassador to Zimbabwe who testified at this hearing, suggested a formal mentorship program to support Foreign Service Officers early in their careers. The State Department should provide everyone with the opportunity […]

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