social activism

Students gathering in protest (© AP Images)

Using social media, Iranians fight for a better future

The Iranian regime cuts off internet access to shut down communication among the protesters. The world protests this tech censorship.
Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
Girl holding flowerpot on city street (© AP Images)

Getting child labor out of supply chains

Ten percent of the world’s children are used for child labor. Learn what some U.S. organizations are doing to reduce that by cleaning up supply chains.
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.
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.
Children reaching for inflated cartoon characters (State Dept./Ariel Flores)

Anti-gang program helps kids stay safe in the Americas

Some 160,000 Honduran youths have participated in a groundbreaking program aimed at reaching kids before gang recruiters do.
Young man posing for camera, standing to one side of group of seated students in gymnasium (U.S. Embassy of Guatemala)

Guatemalan communities tackle drugs with U.S. help

Joed Osorio started using illegal drugs when he was just 10 years old. Today he is a “prevention coach” with the San Lucas Community Anti-Drug Coalition.
Women standing in shallow ocean (© Marco Longari/AFP/Getty)

Despite laws, many women struggle for inheritance rights

Some societies still follow the tradition that a dead man's property goes to his adult sons or is repossessed by his family, completely bypassing women.