The United States is committed to a foreign policy centered on promoting democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective multilateral engagement is essential to that vision. In Geneva, the U.S. Mission’s Office of Human Rights Affairs advances U.S. policies at the United Nations Human Rights Council, works with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and engages with a broad range of international partners, diplomatic missions, civil society, and non-governmental organizations to bring us closer to a world where rights are universally respected. Working with our partners in Geneva, we shine a spotlight on countries with the worst human rights records and support those fighting injustice and tyranny around the globe. We promote respect for fundamental freedoms – including freedoms of expression, association and assembly, and religion or belief — and defend the human rights of women, girls, LGBTQI+ persons, and individuals of other marginalized communities.
Ambassador Michèle Taylor was sworn in as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 22, 2022. Ambassador Taylor is a lifelong human rights activist and advocate with a determined commitment to service. As a daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Ambassador Taylor brings to the Human Rights Council a profound appreciation for the crucial role the Council can and must play to promote universal human rights and protect human rights defenders.
Ambassador Taylor is an advocate of women and girls in all their diversity, having long championed access to STEM careers, action to end violence against women, and equality for LGBTQI+ persons.
The United States is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the 2022-2024 Term.