Foreign Affairs

The world is truly a global community, and Congresswoman Maloney is proud that her district is home to a diverse population of thousands of people whose ancestries trace back to all parts of the world. The Congresswoman believes that America should continue to strengthen its relations with other nations politically, economically, culturally, and socially.

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  • Hellenic Caucus: Congresswoman Maloney represents one of the largest Greek populations in the world, outside of Cyprus and Greece. As a supporter of strong U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, the Congresswoman is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. The Caucus serves to bring a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in this critical part of the world. The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties. The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict on Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean. For more information, click here

  • Korean Issues: In summer 2017, Congresswoman Maloney, along with five of her colleagues from the House and Senate, went on an official 9-day Congressional Delegation trip to Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, and China to discuss the threat posed by North Korea. On the trip, she met with U.S. military leaders, senior Japanese trade and defense officials, North Korean defectors, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Upon return, she joined Reps. Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) to introduce the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017, which would impose strict sanctions on any entity doing business with North Korea and block those entities from the United States financial system. Congresswoman Maloney supports aggressive diplomatic efforts and tougher sanctions to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear threat. 

  • Armenian Genocide: As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Congresswoman Maloney works with her colleagues and the Armenian community to strengthen relations between the United States and Armenia. Additionally, Congresswoman Maloney has fought in Congress to have America officially recognize the Armenian genocide, especially considering its 100th anniversary in 2015.

  • Human Rights: Millions of innocent civilians have died or have been displaced because of the conflicts and human rights violations in countries such as Burma, Mexico and Sudan. As a fierce defender of human rights, Congresswoman Maloney has joined many of her colleagues in efforts to combat human rights violations throughout the world.

  • Qatar Affairs: As co-chair of the Qatari-American Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney worked to bring the Weill Cornell Medical Campus to Qatar.

  • South Asian Affairs: The South Asian community is a vibrant part of New York City’s diverse population. Congresswoman Maloney spearheaded efforts in Congress to support a Diwali Stamp, introducing legislation in the 113th and 114th Congresses. Celebrated by millions of Americans, Diwali was the only major holiday which had not been recognized by the United States Postal Service. Congresswoman Maloney celebrated the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Diwali Stamp at the Consulate General of India in New York on October 5, 2016. In 2010, Congresswoman Maloney successfully overturned a rule which prevented Sikh men with beards and turbans from serving in the army. She helped lead eight of her colleagues in calling on the Department of Defense to make an exception to uniform rules so Sikh-Americans could serve their country while preserving their right to freedom of religion. In March 2016, Congresswoman Maloney was the first member of Congress to request an investigation into the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank account at the New York Federal Reserve, pressing the banking regulators in letters and hearings to ensure that banks have adequate Cyber controls and are complying with system requirements. 

    Boko Haram: Since Boko Haram’s capture of 267 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria in 2014, Congresswoman Maloney has supported the effort to #BringBackOurGirls, and supports international efforts to help eradicate the terrorist and anti-American organization, Boko Haram.

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Mar 23, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, have reintroduced H. Res. 180, a resolution urging Turkey to meet the standards of the European Union for the protection of human rights by respecting the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (please click here for the full text of the resolution).  Joining Maloney and Bilirakis in introducing the resolution are Reps. Frank Pallone, Michael Grimm, Niki Tsongas, and Shelley Berkley.

Mar 23, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, have reintroduced H. Res. 179, legislation to honor and recognize the heroes of the Battle of Crete and commend the PanCretan Association of America for preserving and promoting the history of Crete and its people (please click here for the full text of the resolution).  Joining Maloney and Bilirakis in introducing the resolution are Reps. Frank Pallone, Michael Grimm, Niki Tsongas, and John Sarbanes.
Mar 17, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House today by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and seven other original co-sponsors and by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and five other co-sponsors in the Senate would hold accountable those railroad companies who worked with the Nazis during World War II by making them subject to legal action in U.S. courts. More than 75,000 Jews and thousands of others, including U.S. POWs, were transported from France toward concentration camps by French railroad companies. 

Mar 17, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today voted in support of withdrawal of U.S.  troops from Afghanistan no later than the end of 2011. Her statement on HCR 28, sponsored by Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) follows:

Mar 8, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with cosponsors Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Pete Stark (D-CA) today introduced “The Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act,” legislation which would authorize the President to provide assistance to prevent and treat women suffering from obstetric fistula, a horrific and debilitating condition that occurs in women after prolonged labor, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Arab States.
Feb 18, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement opposing the proposed UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel:           

“Rather than working to make a real and lasting peace with Israel through direct negotiations, the Palestinian Authority’s leadership is trying to undermine Israel through international condemnation,” said Maloney. 

Feb 17, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) met with Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, to discuss the current status of human rights, particularly as it pertains to the status of women, in Afghanistan.  Commissioner Samar is a well known woman’s and human rights advocate and activist within national and international forums.  Since 1994, Dr. Samar has received various international awards on women’s rights, human rights, democracy, and women for peace.
Feb 9, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today issued the following statement regarding the defeat of H.R. 519:

“This bill would have been a terrible blow to security efforts in New York, the world’s number-one terrorist target.  Some members of Congress may not like the U.N. – but that’s not a good enough reason to try to claw back necessary funding for the U.N.’s security budget.

Feb 9, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC --  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) made the following statement on the House floor today during debate on the United Nations Tax Equalization Refund Act:

Jan 31, 2011 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) released the following statement on the situation in Egypt: