Embassy Supports WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film Festival (Dec 4-13)

On December 4, 2020, the 20th jubilee edition of the “WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film” festival gets underway.  The long-running festival will showcase the best international documentary movies from recent years, with a focus on human rights and the rights of marginalized communities. The U.S. Embassy is supporting the festival to help give viewers a …

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Open Letter

Open Letter   Open letter of the Ambassadors of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, …

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Embassy Supports Seminar for Polish Teachers on Human Rights and the Holocaust

On September 7, 2020, the Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Officer Dan Hastings virtually welcomed the 40 Polish educators competitively selected to attend the eight-week online course “Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights through Art.” The seminar is the third edition of annual training organized by the New York-based The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human …

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Ambassador Mosbacher Honors the Heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

To commemorate the 77th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that occurred on April 19, 1943, Ambassador Mosbacher expressed solidarity with the “Daffodils” social and educational campaign being conducted online this year by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Reflecting on this solemn moment from her home, Ambassador Mosbacher …

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Ambassador Receives Award for Advancing Holocaust Memory

On March 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Ambassador Mosbacher received the Champion of Advancing Holocaust Memory award from the World Values Network at its 8th Annual Jewish Awards Gala.  Other awardees included U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, boxing legend Evander Holyfield, investor and philanthropist Robert Smith, and television host, author, and …

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Embassy Officers Attend Samuel Willenberg “Image of Treblinka” Exhibit Sponsored by IPN

On January 28, Public Affairs Counselor Frank Finver and Cultural Affairs Officer Dan Hastings attended the opening of the sculpture exhibit “The Image of Treblinka in The Eyes of Samuel Willenberg” organized by the Institute of National Memory (IPN) to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The sculptures were the work of Samuel Willenberg, an inmate …

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Charge d’Affaires Meets Visiting Delegation from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

On January 24 in Warsaw, Charge d’Affaires B. Bix Aliu was the guest of honor at a dinner with a delegation from the Washington, DC-based U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The group of guests included, among others, USHMM Director Sara Bloomfield, USHMM’s Director of Programs Sarah Ogilvie, and Holocaust survivor and former Auschwitz-Birkenau internee Irene …

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Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

January 27, 2020 “Today, I was honored to represent President Trump as I led the United States Delegation attending the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I was proud to deliver the President’s Proclamation marking this solemn day to President Andrej Duda, and I want to thank him, …

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U.S. Delegation to the 2019 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Ambassador James S. Gilmore III will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, September 16-27, 2019.  This annual meeting will bring together hundreds of civil society representatives and government officials from North America, Europe, and …

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Charge d’Affaires Aliu Honors the Heroism of the Polish Righteous at POLIN Museum

On September 8 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Charge d’Affaires Bix Aliu spoke at a luncheon honoring the heroism of Polish Righteous who saved Jews during the Holocaust and Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland.  Sponsored by the New York-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), the luncheon honored …

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Presidential Message on the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 2019 On this day 55 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or national origin.  Today, we celebrate this monumental legislation and recommit ourselves to the noble mission of advancing equality, justice, and freedom. The United States was …

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Joint Release of the Co-chairs of the US Delegation to the March of the Living

On May 2 in Krakow, Poland, eight U.S. government officials will come together to lead, for the first time ever, an official delegation to the annual March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.  The three co-chairs of this delegation are U.S. Ambassadors to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher; to Israel David Friedman; and to Germany …

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Embassy Officials Attend Ceremony Honoring Poland’s “Righteous Among The Nations”

On November 28 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Green and Cultural Attaché Dan Hastings attended a ceremony that posthumously awarded “The Righteous Among The Nations” medals to Poles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The award ceremony was jointly …

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On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Joint Statement to the Permanent Council by the ‘Group of Friends on Safety of Journalists’ on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists As delivered to the Permanent Council by Ambassador Eberhard Pohl, Head of the German Permanent Mission to the OSCE Vienna, November 1, 2018 Mr. Chairperson, I am pleased to make …

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Embassy Officials Learn More about Project to Establish the Warsaw Ghetto Museum

On October 30 the Embassy’s Public Affairs Counselor Frank Finver, Cultural Attaché Dan Hastings, and Cultural Specialist Beata Milewska met with staff responsible for establishing the Warsaw Ghetto Museum projected to open in 2023.  The Embassy officials learned about the project’s background and the Polish government’s preservation of an historic building that will house the …

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U.S. Embassy Proudly Supports Congress for Persons with Disabilities in Warsaw

The U.S. Embassy supported the 4th Congress of Persons with Disabilities which took place on October 25th in Warsaw.  A grassroots and nonpartisan initiative, the Congress gathered several hundred activists who advocate for the rights of people with disabilities all over Poland.  The Embassy’s Cultural Attaché Dan Hastings gave remarks at the Congress along with …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Speaks at Celebration Honoring the Polish Righteous

On September 16 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Green gave remarks at a luncheon honoring the heroism of Polish Righteous who saved Jews during the Holocaust and Nazi occupation of Poland.  Sponsored by the New York-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), the …

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Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback Travels to Ukraine, Poland, and Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 10, 2018 In Ukraine, Ambassador Brownback will meet with government officials and religious leaders to discuss efforts to protect and promote religious freedom. In Poland, Ambassador Brownback will attend the 2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as part …

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U.S. Delegation to the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 7, 2018 Ambassador Michael G. Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, September 10-21, 2018. This annual meeting will bring together hundreds of civil …

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Holocaust Teacher Training for Teachers

The U.S. Embassy invites teachers and educators to apply for participation in the Holocaust Teacher Training program which takes place annually in June and July. For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) in New York, has helped organize summer teacher-training programs in the …

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Ambassador Jones Hosts Visit of Supporters of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

On May 30 Ambassador Jones hosted a dinner for a delegation led by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and representatives from the Polish government and organizations promoting Jewish culture and history.  During their tour of the region, the delegation visited Holocaust memorial sites in Ukraine and Poland, and other historical sites and museums.  The …

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International Roma Day

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 6, 2018 On behalf of the United States, I wish all Roma everywhere a happy International Roma Day. On April 8, we celebrate the Romani people, their rich cultural heritage, and worldwide societal contributions. We are proud to recognize the over one million Americans …

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The U.S. Embassy and POLIN Museum Invite Teachers to Apply for Holocaust Teacher-Training in the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy Warsaw and the Polin Museum have partnered again this year to sponsor Polish secondary teachers to travel to the United States for a Holocaust teacher training program which will take place in the summer of 2018.  For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Association of …

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International Day of Persons With Disabilities

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 3, 2017 The opportunity for everyone in America to enjoy equal rights in political, social, economic, and cultural life is central to our success as a nation. Passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act recognized that persons with disabilities have the same rights as other …

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Human Rights Reports for 2016

Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable …

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Presidential Proclamation — Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 13, 2017 Presidential Proclamation — Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his dream with the …

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2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that …

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Secretary Kerry: “Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage”

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 20, 2016 Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of …

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Statement by the President Obama on World Refugee Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 20, 2016 Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize the challenges and hardships that refugees face, honor their courage and resilience in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and celebrate their many valuable contributions to our Nation. This year’s commemoration comes as the UN High Commissioner for …

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June 20 is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, June 20, is a day to honor the nearly 60 million people displaced from their countries by violence and persecution. The United States is the largest single humanitarian donor, providing  billions of dollars per year  to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance. The  State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)  provides protection, eases suffering, and works to resolve the …

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