Woman in wheelchair speaking from stage (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Activists look to U.S. as they promote disability rights

After visiting the U.S., Grace Jerry and Juan Angel de Gouveia used what they learned about disability rights to make changes in their own countries.
Young girl at typewriter and two other people in classroom (© Brian Messenger/Perkins School for the Blind)

Meeting the world’s need for teachers of deaf-blind children

A U.S. school has launched a global effort to train 1 million teachers with the skills to help deaf-blind children fulfill their potential.
Woman praying in a church with other people (© AP Images)

Assessing religious freedom worldwide: Shareable photos

The U.S. promotes religious freedom as a "moral imperative," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in a new report released August 15.
U.S. Constitution with Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence on an American flag with a quill pen (© Pamela Au/ Alamy Stock Photo)

Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
Police officer standing in front of classroom of students (U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa)

Transforming policing in Honduras

A new community policing strategy is having a big impact on crime in Honduras. Commander Lorenzo Pineda might be the most important figure in the reforms.
Illustration of people with disabilities using mobile devices to navigate a city street (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Smart cities work for people with disabilities

Smart cities, which use technology to improve access for people with disabilities, are finding that the changes help all their residents.
People watching President George H.W. Bush signing document (© AP Images)

Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.
Woman standing profile in front of building (© AP Images)

A Maryland city examines a past of racial division to move...

Victoria Jackson-Stanley, the mayor of Cambridge, Maryland, is among those marking the 1967 racial unrest in her city with an eye toward unity.
Grid of 7 portraits (State Dept./D. Peterson)

Heroes in the fight against human trafficking

The State Department recognized eight people from around the world as "heroes" in fighting human trafficking. Read the stories of two of them.