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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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Feb 26, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today applauded Congressional approval of $50 million in appropriations for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

“The House has sent a message to millions of women and children around the world: we know you have struggled and we are going to help,” Maloney said. “Instead of ignoring the world’s neediest, we will now help those who seek it, and help save women’s lives in the 150 countries where UNFPA does its valuable work.”

Feb 24, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Maloney met with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis who was on Capitol Hill to visit with U.S. lawmakers about issues facing Greece and Southeast Europe.  Among other issues, the Foreign Minister discussed Greece’s efforts to join the Visa Waiver Program, which permits nationals from certain countries who are traveling to the United States for tourism or business to stay for ninety days or less without obtaining a visa. 

“As the co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, the ongoing process for Greece to enter the Visa Waiver Program is one of my top priorities” Maloney said.  “I look forward to working with Foreign Minister Bakoyannis on this issue and the many others of importance to Greece and the United States.”

Jan 23, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a leader in the fight to fund UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, issued this statement upon President Obama's announcement to release funding for UNFPA in the next budget: President Obama is continuing to change course on women's health," Rep. Maloney said.

Dec 29, 2008 Press Release

“Israel has the right to defend itself.  Hamas cannot be allowed to fire rockets into Israeli territory, putting at risk innocent civilians, without facing the consequences.  The United States should stand with Israel as it weakens the terrorist organization’s capabilities to launch these attacks.  Hamas must end its destructive campaign against Israel so that negotiations to achieve a lasting peace can resume.”


Dec 23, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, applauded President Bush today for signing into law H.R. 7311, the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.” H.R. 7311 is historic legislation that will combat human trafficking in the United States and around the world.
Dec 15, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-9), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues sent the following letter to Joseph Saunders, Chairman and CEO of Visa, Inc., expressing concern about the possible use of the Star of Vergina on a credit card issued by UMB Bank on behalf of the “United Macedonian Diaspora.”
Nov 12, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 – Development programs to promote women’s rights must work within cultures to bring about change rather than trying to impose change from above," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said today.
Jun 25, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement today on the Bush Administration’s decision to again block the United States’ contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):

Jun 23, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Chairman William D. Delahunt (D-MA) introduced legislation today (H. Con. Res 380) to commend The United Nations (UN) on its 63 years of good work.
May 14, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2008 Emergency Supplemental Act.