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Illustration of small figures holding back hands exchanging money (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Honoring courageous anti-corruption champions

Corruption hollows out economies and erodes public trust. Meet some of the brave men and women tackling this challenge.
Illustration of oversized hands protecting vulnerable woman (Graphic: State Dept./M. Gregory. Image: © GoodStudio/

Supporting human rights defenders

Human rights defenders face dangers for their efforts to protect universally recognized rights. Learn the State Department's role
Mural of girl riding horse under the word "freedom" (© @superkant and @CyVisualsMiami for @StreetArtMankind)

Street mural exhibit in Houston aims to inspire

A collection of new murals in Houston draws attention to universal issues such as climate change and education.
Anna May Wong with fan in front of statue (© AP Images)

U.S. coin honors pioneering Asian American actress

Anna May Wong was Hollywood's first Chinese American movie star. Now she is the first Asian American to appear on U.S. currency.
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.
Female soccer player in arena (© Rick Bower/AP Images)

Disability Pride Month celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary

July is Disability Pride Month, when members of the community celebrate their achievements and advocate for their rights.
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.
Illustration of pea wearing crown while sitting at long table (© Nikita Kravtsov/Courtesy of the Ukrainian Museum)

U.S. museums celebrate Ukrainian culture

There are over a million Ukrainian Americans in the United States — and many museums in the U.S. dedicated to preserving their culture.