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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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Aug 23, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, following years of hard work and advocacy, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by Consul General of India Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, and Chair of the Diwali Stamp Project Ranju Batra on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the USPS announcement of the issuance of a Diwali Commemorative Stamp.

Jun 8, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, recently joined a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Cyprus where she met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides to discuss the status of reunification negotiations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders  and opportunities for economic growth in the region presented by the discovery of offshore natural gas.

Mar 29, 2016 In The News

Dozens of politicians, dignitaries and scholars gathered in Manhattan Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the victims of the deadly Easter terror attack in Pakistan.

"This incomprehensible savagery has been felt very strongly here," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said at the gathering at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the Union Nations on E. 65th St.

“We are here today united to combat terrorist attacks in the world.”

Mar 27, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the terror attack at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK In response to terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“Today, all New Yorkers and all Americans stand in solidarity with and offer our deepest sympathies to the Belgian people as they face the horrors of this morning’s terror attacks. These acts of pure evil cannot and will not be tolerated by the United States and the broader international community.

Jan 6, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today urged outgoing United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to make every effort to ensure his successor is a woman. No woman has served as Secretary General since the creation of the United Nations in 1945.

Nov 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on H.R. 4038, which would divert resources from effective and existing refugee security screening procedures. Maloney voted against the legislation:

Nov 14, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today released the following statement in reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris: 

"Today we stand in solidarity with the people of Paris, just as they stood with New York in our time of need just 14 short years ago. In every sense, these murders, like all acts of terrorism, are an attack on us all. Our hearts break for our brothers and sisters in France, and as a nation we will do everything we can to help and bring to justice those responsible for these acts of terror.

Oct 13, 2015 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement on the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians over the last few days:

Sep 8, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Capital Markets and GSEs Subcommittee, was joined by prominent members of the Greek and financial communities to announce her recommendations to allow U.S. persons to transmit funds to family and friends  in Greece.

The recommendations are:

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