civil society

Illustration of Lady Liberty pointing a microphone. (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The importance of an independent press

The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt at lectern with many microphones as two men sit behind him (© AP Images)

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

Almost 80 years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech, the United States continues to champion human rights abroad.
Family of three walking by people in uniform in and near police truck (© AP Images)

U.S. and partners rally support for Burmese democracy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed for a return to democracy in Burma during recent meetings with international partners.
Illustration of two hands passing money in envelope (State Dept./D. Thompson)

To support democracy, fight corruption

The U.S. and international partners are working to prevent and expose corruption around the world. Learn more about those efforts.
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Number of LGBTQI+ elected officials is growing in the United States

A new report shows that the number of LGBTQI+ elected officials in national, state and local government roles continues to rise in the U.S.
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Readers without borders

Membership in reading groups grew beyond the limits of geography when meetings went virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two light beams shining into the night sky from the New York City skyline (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Americans across the country remember September 11 [photo gallery]

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, see how Americans have marked the event over the years.
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Slovakia and U.S. remember shared 9/11 firefighter tribute

On September 11, 2001, Slovakian firefighters offered to help their American counterparts in New York in as many ways as they could.
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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.