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    State Department Releases 2015 TIP Report

    Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, assessing government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery. The TIP Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.

  • Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon greets the Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez after a meeting at the Casa Presidencial de Honduras. (Casa Presidencial de Honduras Photo)

    Ambassador Shannon Leads Visit to Central America

    Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, led a U.S. interagency delegation to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala from July 6-11. While in the region, the delegation focused on our comprehensive approach for supporting the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle.

  • Band members in period costume playing instruments and marching in parade. (State Dept. Photo)

    Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

    The Fourth of July has been recognized as Independence Day in the United States ever since the country's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. To mark the occasion, Americans celebrate with parades, fireworks, concerts and other festive activities.

  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (White House Photo)

    President Obama on Relations with Cuba

    More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective countries.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry. (Archive, State Dept. Photo)

    Secretary Kerry Presents Human Rights Report

    Secretary of State John Kerry has presented the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on June 25, 2015. This report covers the status of human rights in countries around the world in 2014.

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