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A women sits with her family in a tent at the Khazer refugee camp in east Mosul, Iraq. One of her son’s suffers from nightmares and cries at the sound of airplanes, symptoms of trauma brought on by years of war.

Collective Trauma and Challenges to Diplomacy

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There are currently more than 300 million people around the world suffering from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental illnesses. Though treatment is available, close to two-thirds of people… more
A Palestinian Greek orthodox Christian woman lights a candle as she attends the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City.

The Voices of Religious Freedom

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In celebration of International Religious Freedom Day on January 16 th , the Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State… more
A boy prays during Orthodox Christmas Eve mass in the Virgin Mary Church in Cairo, Egypt.

U.S. Efforts to Protect Religious Minorities

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Persecution, repression, and discrimination are a daily reality for members of religious minority communities in too many countries around the world. In response, the United States is advocating for the rights… more
Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Bringing Optimism to Justice

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On June 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR) and GLIFAA (LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies) co-hosted the 2017 Pride Month Event featuring Commissioner Chai Feldblum of… more
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