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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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Apr 22, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-founder and co-chair of the Human Trafficking Caucus, delivered the following prepared remarks at the public release of a new report by the AFL-CIO allied Solidarity Center that details appalling human rights and worker abuses in the international seafood industry.  To read the full report, click here.
Apr 1, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) yesterday delivered a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives expressing her view that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) must cease using the name “Republic of Macedonia,” adopt a name mutually acceptable to both countries, and end its use of propaganda before it is admitted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Rep. Maloney, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, also said that the “negotiation process among representatives from Greece and the FYROM should continue, and I hope that a settlement can be reached soon."

Nov 14, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined a majority in the House of Representatives and backed legislation that will redeploy our troops and offer a new direction for Iraq.  The Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act (H.R. 4156) was approved by a vote of 218 to 203.
Nov 8, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted for the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 3688) today and submitted the following statement of support into the official congressional record.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 285 to 132:
Oct 10, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) submitted the following statement during consideration of H. Res. 405, which expresses the strong support of the House of Representatives for the implementation of the July 8, 2006, United Nations-brokered agreement between President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat relating to the reunification of Cyprus:
Oct 9, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON - More than 60 years after World War II, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY14) re-introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3713) to hold railroad companies that worked with the Nazis accountable in U.S. courts.  More than 75,000 Jews were transported from France to concentration camps during World War II by French railroad companies. 

Oct 3, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation that would create federal offices to monitor and help promote women’s rights around the world.  The International Women’s Freedom Act (H.R. 3728) would establish a Commission on International Women’s Rights and a special office in the State Department, the Office on International Women’s Rights, that would be charged with advancing women’s rights abroad and advising the President and Secretary of State on such matters.

Sep 12, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, and forty-five Members of Congress sent a letter (click here for a copy of the letter) to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressing concern for the situation in Greece after the fires that killed more than sixty people and ravaged thousands of acres of land.  The United States has pledged at least $1.3 million in aid to Greece, but the long-term effects of the disaster are not yet known.
Sep 7, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement on the Bush Administration’s decision to once again block the United States’s contribution to UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund).
Sep 5, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) spoke on the House floor in support of House Resolution 629, which pledges America’s full support and solidarity to the Greek people as they fight and recover from the wildfires that have plagued Greece for weeks.  The resolution passed the House unanimously this afternoon.