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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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Jul 22, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined the American Hellenic Institute at the United States Capitol Rayburn House Office Building to Commemorate the 41st Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus. Her prepared remarks follow:

“Good morning, thank you for having me here today. Thank you to my good friend Nick Larigakis for the invitation to join you and for his steadfast advocacy for the Hellenic and Hellenic American communities. I’m also honored to be here with Ambassador Chacalli.

Jul 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to the proposed P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran:

“Iran has unquestionably been a dangerous actor in the region and around the world, and it would be even more dangerous if it were to gain a nuclear weapon. That is why President Obama and the international community have worked so hard to find a diplomatic solution to end Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement reached by the P5+1 is complicated and must now be carefully scrutinized.

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement after a House Foreign Affairs Committee briefing with Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Finance Ramin Toloui concerning the ongoing Greek debt crisis and negotiations with European Union creditors. Rep. Maloney is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues.

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded the French Parliament for its approval of a historic agreement reached between U.S. and French diplomats to compensate Holocaust victims who were deported on Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) trains. Maloney’s efforts helped bring the French to the negotiating table. Maloney authored the Holocaust Rail Justice Act (H.R. 1505) to allow Holocaust victims living in the U.S. to sue SNCF and had led opposition to public rail contracts for SNCF until the company paid for its crimes.

May 15, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today voted in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (H.R. 1191), which passed the House 400-25. The bill requires that Congress be given an opportunity to review any final international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program before the President could waive or suspend any sanctions on Iran that were imposed by Congress. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 98 to 1 on May 7.

May 15, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today applauded House passage of their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to combat Boko Haram, a brutal terrorist organization in Nigeria.
Apr 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on reports that 200 girls and 93 women were rescued from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group during a Nigerian military operation in the Sambisa Forest.

“Today’s report that 200 girls and 93 women have been rescued from the grip of Boko Haram is welcome news. I am hopeful that the Chibok girls who were kidnapped just over one year ago were among those rescued.

Apr 15, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON – One year, and one day ago, nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Their only crime: they were trying to get an education. Today, two of the girls who managed to escape joined with Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Karen Bass (CA-13) and Lois Frankel (FL-22) and supporters at the United States Capitol to call for a coordinated international effort to return those still held captive to their homes.
Apr 13, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK— The Empire State Building will be lit in red and purple tomorrow night as part of the effort bring attention to the 219 missing Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists a year ago on April 14, 2014, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced today.

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced a Congressional Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp to commemorate the holiday Diwali. Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Grace Meng (D-NY) joined Maloney in the push to recognize the holiday. The Indian holiday is celebrated by billions across the globe. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, and knowledge over ignorance.