Aerial view of eroded land surrounded by forest (© Carols Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

How ‘blood gold’ damages the Amazon rainforest in Venezuela

Illegal gold mining operations in Venezuela are destroying the Amazon rainforest, including Indigenous sacred sites.
Hands holding globe with text saying we must create a more inclusive and equal world (State Dept.)

U.S. supports inclusion on World Refugee Day [video]

The U.S. is offering hope and safe haven to refugees fleeing persecution. Greater inclusion can help refugees heal and learn.
Young man and woman holding Crimean Tatar flag (© AP Images)

Russia must lift the ban on the Crimean Tatars’ representative body

The international community calls on Russia to reverse a decision by the so-called Supreme Court in Crimea to ban the legislature of the Crimean Tatars.

Media freedom is important. Here’s what you can do.

Journalists are threatened worldwide more than ever before, yet a free press is key to a healthy, equitable society.
Police escorting man through crowd on city street (© Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Images)

Authoritarian regimes target journalists worldwide

Authoritarian regimes are harassing journalists beyond their borders, watchdog groups say. Learn how threats to press freedom span international boundaries.

The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: Millions empowered [video]

The Americans with Disabilities Act has made it possible for those with disabilities to work, attend school and move about in society more than ever before.

Kaboom! Comic books attack serious issues and find new fans.

Graphic books are now exploring subjects as diverse as teen pregnancy and Hurricane Katrina to the U.S. civil rights movement and ethnic conflicts.
Woman talking (State Dept.)

Faces of religious persecution: Dabrina Bet-Tamraz [video]

Hear Dabrina Bet-Tamraz tell the story of her family’s persecution by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran due to their Christian faith.
Man dressed in gold (© Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

‘Historic moment’ for Orthodox Church of Ukraine

The United States supports religious freedom in Ukraine and congratulates the newly elected head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.