Social Activism

Report: Venezuelans protest for democracy more than ever [infographic]

Street demonstrations across Venezuela calling for democratic elections and restoration of basic services rose nearly 100% in 2019 from a year earlier.
Woman standing under prayer flags (© Ashwini Bhatia/AP Images)

Survivors of religious persecution tell powerful stories

Survivors of religious persecution shared their stories at the State Department's second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington.
Collage of images and info about peaceful labor protests in Iran (© Shutterstock, AP Images)

Iranian workers choose: Wages or lashes?

Workers in Iran are tired of working without pay. But they risk lashes and prison time if they peacefully protest for their unpaid wages.
Two women with head coverings standing on dock overlooking water (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Combined 55-year jail time for defying Iran’s hijab law

The U.S. urges nations to condemn an Iranian court's sentencing of three women to a combined 55 years in prison for protesting the regime's hijab law.
Mike Pompeo speaking at lectern (State Dept./Michael Gross)

Pompeo presents 1st International Religious Freedom Awards

The first International Religious Freedom Awards were presented to activists from Brazil, Cyprus, Iraq, Nigeria and Sudan.
Person in silhouette (© Esther Htusan/AP Images)

Honoring heroes who fight human trafficking

Ivanka Trump and Secretary Pompeo honored eight heroes fighting human trafficking to mark the release of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Large crowd gathering for demonstration in Venezuela (© Natacha Pisarenko/AP Images)

Venezuelans turn out in force to protest Maduro

Shortages of water, food and medicine have created a humanitarian disaster in Venezuela, with millions displaced or suffering from malnutrition.
Man shouting during a protest (© Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Images)

Russians fight for their digital rights

Learn how Russian citizens are trying to prevent Putin's government from creating an “online Iron Curtain” that would restrict their internet.
Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.