Filipino student reading a book (Leoncio Rodaje/USAID Philippines)

Filipinos can safely study in ‘alternative learning sites’

Unable to attend school because of instability caused by conflict, Filipino children learn at alternative sites with help from a U.S.-backed program.
Miniature barn depicting man hanging from noose (State Dept./S.L. Brukbacher)

Murders in miniature: The woman who advanced forensic science

Frances Glessner Lee became the "godmother of forensic science" with her miniature studies of unexplained death. A museum exhibition tells her story.
Woman leaning against table (State Dept./Jaron Johns)

She’s in the business of teaching women to fight back

Megha Vora's self-defense course has empowered thousands of women and girls across India. One of Google's top talents is helping her further her cause.
Movie scene showing crowd of women walking down hallway (© Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox)

Science, math heroines are hidden no more

The movie "Hidden Figures" on women's unsung role in launching the U.S. space program now is inspiring female scientists and STEM advocates worldwide.
Stacks of files (© Shutterstock)

How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.
Adults and children with candles and crosses standing outside at night (© AP Images)

The right to religious freedom

The International Religious Freedom Act promotes the fundamental right of people worldwide to worship according to their own conscience.
Pence quotes on protecting religious minorities overlaid on photo of woman lighting candle in church (© Vitaliy Holovin/Corbis via Getty Images)

Vice President Pence: U.S. protects religious minorities

U.S. leadership is crucial to protect those who are targets of unspeakable acts of violence and atrocity because of their faith, Vice President Pence says.
Group of young people (© Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

The positive power of an MTV teen drama

"MTV Shuga" has achieved remarkable results as a public health campaign that persuades viewers to adopt safer behavior that limits the spread of HIV.
Women in wheelchairs throwing basketballs (© AP Images)

Wheelchair basketball heals athletes

American Jess Markt has trained wheelchair basketball teams around the world and sees the benefits it has for the players and their societies.