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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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Dec 10, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today joined the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists at a rally in front of the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross to insist that the Red Cross intensify its efforts to free Gilad Shalit.  Maloney made the following statement at the rally:

Dec 2, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York) condemned the study authored by Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the Ministry of Information in Ramallah and posted on the Palestinian Authority’s website, which denies the historical connection between the Western Wall and Judaism.  The Western Wall is traditionally known as the only remaining wall of the Second Temple, built by the Jews during the reign of King Darius circa 520 BCE, renovated by King Herod the Great in 19 BCE and destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Ever since, unless prevented by ruling authorities, Jews have visited Jerusalem to pray at the Wall.  In his report, Taha wrote the Western wall is a "Muslim wall and an integral part of al-Aqsa mosque and Haram al-Sharif" and claimed that Jews only began worshipping at the site in 1917 at the time of the Balfour Declaration.

Oct 13, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), whose congressional district includes the U.N. headquarters, issued the following statement after the election of Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa to non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council for 2011 and 2012:
Sep 20, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – At a rally this morning organized by Iran180 in Ralph Bunche Park facing the United Nations, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement:

“I am delighted to join so many of my colleagues in government and so many human rights activists in sending a strong message to Iran.  Today, we call on Iran to do a 180 – to stop developing nuclear weapons, stop the human rights abuses, and start investing in its people.  Iran's policies have been bad for Iranians bad for the region, and bad for the world.
Sep 17, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC (September 17, 2010) – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, introduced a resolution Thursday that calls for the protection of religious sites and artifacts from and in Turkish-occupied areas of northern Cyprus as well as for general respect for religious freedom.
Jul 1, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Carolyn Maloney last night made the following statement on funding for the war in Afghanistan:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment to prevent an escalation and limit funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops and military contractors from Afghanistan.  After 9 years of war, the time has come to bring our troops home.
Jun 2, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:

"I truly sympathize with the families of those who were killed or injured on the Mavi Marmara, but the fault lies with those who incited violence, not with those who defended Israel’s borders. Israel had offered to have the flotilla land at Ashdod and have the humanitarian aid trucked to Gaza after being searched. The organizers rejected the offer. The family of Gilad Shalit asked the flotilla to carry a letter to their son who has been kept hostage in the Gaza Strip. The organizers rejected the request. The Gaza flotilla was clearly intended to generate international pressure to force Israel to relax its blockade and forego inspections of cargo destined for the Gaza Strip. But, all too often ‘humanitarian’ efforts have given cover to weapons running and terrorism.

Jun 2, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) last week introduced legislation, “The Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act of 2010,” H.R. 5441, which would authorize funding 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.

May 27, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned that the agreement reached among Iran, Turkey, and Brazil, calling for 1,200 kg of Iran's low-enriched uranium to be exported to Turkey for further enrichment, is simply window-dressing to allow Iran to evade sanctions.  I note that reports suggest that this still  leaves Iran with enough enriched uranium to make a bomb and that Iran can produce 3 kgs of low-enriched uranium per day.  Iran has a  consistent record of reneging on similar international commitments, and it appears to be determined to acquire nuclear weapons, regardless of international condemnation and pressure.  I am particularly troubled by the fact that this deal permits Iran to continue enriching uranium to 20%, a direct violation of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions and a clear sign that Iran intends to continue to enhance its nuclear capabilities.  Nuclear weapons would enhance Iran’s power in the Middle East and would set off a scramble among other nations seeking to restore the balance by acquiring similar capabilities. 
May 26, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney today expressed her relief that Lori Berenson has received parole after serving 15 years in a Peruvian prison: