Refugees

Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the Syria Donors Conference

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Today the United States is announcing our latest contribution, which is over $925 million.

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Fact Sheet: New U.S. Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis

Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $601 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria.

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Fact Sheet: Strengthening the International Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in Davos, Switzerland, that the United States is seeking significant new international commitments to strengthen the international response to the global refugee crisis.

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Fact Sheet: President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

In implementing this ambitious agenda, the Obama Administration has focused on four priority areas: rule of law, victim services, procurement and supply chains, and public awareness and outreach.

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Secretary Kerry: Combatting Trafficking in Persons is an all-Government Effort

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I believe this is a fight that we can win, but most importantly, this is a fight we have to win. You can’t have 20 million people in modern times literally enslaved.

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International Migrants Day – John Kerry: Our Own Nation is Built upon Migrants Dreams

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Today, we reaffirm our responsibility — and our commitment — to help other human beings who make great sacrifices and take great risks to face the unknown.

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Remarks by Amassador Hamamoto at Migrant Voices Session

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Thank you for organizing this session, which has helped put a human face on migration, reminding us that our work together is about much more than migration – it is about people and human experience.

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Group of Governments Supports UNHCR’s Campaign to End Statelessness

An estimated 10 million people worldwide have no nationality. On the average, a stateless child is born every ten minutes.  In advance of the one year anniversary of UNHCHR’s #IBelong campaign and to further raise the profile and foster cooperation on the issue of statelessness, UNHCR is forming a group of “Friends of the Campaign to End Statelessness.”  The U.S. Mission is pleased to have hosted the first meeting of this group on October 30.

“The United States has long been an ardent supporter of UNHCR’s mandate to prevent and reduce statelessness worldwide, and we look forward to actively supporting this campaign,” said Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto. “Without documentation and legal status, stateless persons, especially women and children, face a heightened risk of human rights abuses or violations.” Ambassador Keith Harper noted that the Human Rights Council has also focused on the issue, and that the U.S. led the way on the first HRC resolution to address the issue of discriminatory nationality laws targeting women. 
 
“Nobody is perfect on this issue,” said UNHCR’s Melanie Khanna.  “It is about everyone putting their oars in the water and rowing together.”   The collective will of the diverse and committed support group in Geneva has the power to effect real change, said Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk.
 
More than twenty governments were present and those who spoke said they considered a “Friends” group on this thematic topic to be a useful vehicle for enhanced diplomatic efforts.  Australia and Finland both expressed interest in hosting future meetings of the group.

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An estimated 10 million people worldwide have no nationality. On the average, a stateless child is born every ten minutes.  In advance of the one year anniversary of UNHCHR’s #IBelong campaign and to further raise the profile and foster cooperation on the issue of statelessness, UNHCR is forming a group of “Friends of the Campaign […]

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International Dialogue on Migration (IDM)

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Speaking at the International Dialogue on Migration, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw highlights U.S. practices to promote successful integration of refugees into American society.

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard: UNHCR EXCOM Statement

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard

Last year at this venue, I lamented the scale, complexity, and urgency of the humanitarian crises we were facing then – calling them “unprecedented.” Little did I know that last year’s definition would so quickly become passé.

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