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Q&A on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Find out more about the exciting YLAI program to help young leaders in the Western Hemisphere build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.
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Domestic abuse harms whole communities

If there is no place to escape, victims of domestic violence must either submit or fight back, inviting further abuse. Shelters are a basic community need.
Hands of different races joined together (Shutterstock)

October 18: Allies against human trafficking [webchat]

Join us on October 18 for a webchat on how the private sector can collaborate with government, law enforcement and NGOs to fight human trafficking.
Man standing on street lined with hurricane debris from houses (Nechama — Jewish Response to Disaster)

Faith-based charities, lending a helping hand

All denominations turn out to help people in times of disaster, like in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U.S.
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Hurricane Harvey in pictures

This photo gallery documents how Texans came together to help fellow Texans after Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast part of their state.
Illustration of people with disabilities using mobile devices to navigate a city street (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Smart cities work for people with disabilities

Smart cities, which use technology to improve access for people with disabilities, are finding that the changes help all their residents.
People watching President George H.W. Bush signing document (© AP Images)

Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.
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.
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Want to fight corruption? Follow the money.

An organization in Nigeria scours government databases and social media to empower local communities to root out corruption and make sure promises are kept.