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Illustration of a police officer standing under the scales of justice (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How police are held accountable in the U.S.

When a U.S. police officer is involved in a deadly incident, departments - often with civilian oversight - investigate to decide next steps.
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The pride of the LGBTI community [video]

Learn why Americans and millions around the world celebrate LGBTI pride during the month of June.
Illustration of winged quill pen flying off hand (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Want democracy? Keep the press free and active.

A strong democracy encourages a free press — one that keeps the public informed, enables a diversity of voices, and holds leaders accountable.
Four heads carved into mountainside (© AP Images)

Presidents memorialized

Around the United States, numerous memorials — some famous, some obscure — honor those people who served as U.S. president.
President Trump speaking at lectern as people seated at tables alongside listen (© WIn McNamee/Getty Images)

The U.S. tradition of breakfast, presidents and prayer

The National Prayer Breakfast brings together religious, business and political leaders and has been attended by every president since Eisenhower in 1953.
Hand lighting candle with long match in row of memorial candles (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. See some of the memorials around the world that honor victims of the Holocaust in different ways.
Ronald Reagan waving, with East German flag behind him on other side of gate (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

The speech that helped bring down the Berlin Wall

In 1987, President Reagan called upon Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall dividing Germany and Europe.
Person covering face with hands (© SvetaZi/Shutterstock)

Police work together to catch human traffickers

Learn how a State Department training program in Budapest helped law enforcement officials in Georgia stop human traffickers.
Hundreds of people walking along river (© Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

The International Religious Freedom Report assesses religious freedom around the world. The state of religious freedom is dire, says Ambassador Brownback.