civil society

Hand holding candle during vigil (© John Raoux/AP Images)

A unified push against hate and violence

President Biden is launching a new effort to prevent hate-fueled violence and promote unity around the country.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaking at lectern with poster behind her (Loey Felipe/United Nations )

Exposing human rights abuses associated with Russia’s filtration operations in Ukraine

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged the United Nations to act on Russia's filtration sites in Ukraine.
Woman raising arms while standing with large letters that spell out “Baranoa” (Courtesy of Patricia Etienne)

Peace Corps is back! A new class begins in the Americas.

Two Peace Corps volunteers explain what drew them to global service and share what they find most rewarding about their work.
Cynthia Yue at microphone, speaking and gesturing (Courtesy of Cynthia Yue)

Cynthia Yue has her finger on the pulse of American youth

Learn why the 2021–2022 U.S. Youth Observer to the U.N. is so committed to human rights and how her childhood shaped her worldview.
Illustration of people carrying key to lock fastened around bomb (State Dept./D. Thompson)

America’s unwavering support for nuclear nonproliferation

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has helped prevent nuclear war. Learn how the U.S. is working to strengthen it.
Man talking while standing at end of table with five other people (State Dept./Ava D'Sa)

City leaders pledge to strengthen democracy

City leaders from around the world, from Argentina to South Africa, are exchanging ideas about strengthening democracy.
Man standing in front of barbed wire and old buildings (© Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. honors Auschwitz-Birkenau museum leader

The U.S. honored a Holocaust museum leader for his efforts to expand education and understanding about the era's history.
Woman crying as she holds cell phone displaying photo of her brother (© Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. condemns Cuban government’s repression of free speech

After the historic July 11, 2021, protests across Cuba, the government has cracked down on its citizens for demanding essential human rights.
Crowd of people listening while wearing masks (State Dept./Ronny Przysucha)

Celebrating the power of cultural exchange

Cultural exchange brings people together and broadens perspectives. Read how America's top diplomat values the experience of living abroad.