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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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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:

May 26, 2010 Press Release
Madam Speaker, I am pleased to join my colleagues in supporting H. Res. 1391, congratulating Israel for its accession to membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  On May 10, 2010, Israel became the 32nd member of the OECD by unanimous vote of the other members.  This is an extraordinary achievement for a small, beleaguered nation that came into existence little more than six decades ago.
May 21, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) voted in favor of the United States-Israel Rocket and Missile Defense Cooperation and Support Act (HR 5327), authorizing an appropriation of $205 million to enable Israel to deploy the Iron Dome Rocket System, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 410-4. The system is intended to help protect Israelis from missile attacks. In expressing her support for the bill, Maloney issued the following statement:

May 3, 2010 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), rallied outside the United Nations today with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Joseph Crowley, and Anthony Weiner, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and other New York leaders to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the UN and to call for hearings to investigate companies that do business with Iran.

Maloney’s remarks at today’s rally can be found below.

Apr 18, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) joined the Jewish Community Relations Council and Stand With Us on Holocaust Remembrance Day in front of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mission to the United Nations at a vigil to commemorate the more than 6 million who were murdered by the Nazis and to call attention to the imminent danger posed to the world by Iran’s anti-Israel rhetoric and its nuclear program.
Feb 7, 2010 Press Release
(NEW YORK, NY) – Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) joined with leading human rights advocates and a prominent member of the clergy to protest the draconian “Anti-Homosexuality Law” proposed in the Ugandan parliament. Immediately following the protest held outside the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations in Manhattan, Congresswoman Maloney delivered a letter to the Mission requesting that representatives of the Ugandan government meet with human rights advocates to discuss the depth and breadth of international opposition to the measure. She was joined at today’s news conference by representatives of leading human rights organizations, including Immigration Equality, the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch, and Human Rights First, as well as the Reverend Dr. Eugene Callender, former longtime pastor at St. James Presbyterian Church, Manhattan’s oldest African-American Presbyterian Church, who attended Thursday’s Congressional Prayer Breakfast at which President Barack Obama denounced Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Feb 4, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) issued the following statement today thanking President Barack Obama for speaking out against the “Anti-Homosexuality Law” proposed in the parliament of Uganda. The notorious and draconian legislation would apply criminal sanctions – including the death penalty – for the offense such “aggravated homosexuality” or LGBT advocacy.
Dec 17, 2009 Press Release
New York, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) released the following statement condemning a recent resurgence of anti-semitism in the Ukraine:
Dec 9, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation re-introduced in the House today by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) 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 were transported from France to concentration camps by French railroad companies.
Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a concurrent resolution in the Senate and House of Representatives calling on Afghanistan’s leaders to repudiate a new Afghan law that includes provisions legalizing marital rape and imposing other Taliban-era restrictions on Shiite women in Afghanistan. The resolution urges Afghan President Hamid Karzai to declare the widely criticized provisions unconstitutional and clearly state that they violate the basic rights of women. In a recent interview with CNN, President Karzai indicated that the Afghan government plans to revise the 270-page law.