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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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Mar 27, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on H.R. 4278, a bill that would provide aid to Ukraine and impose additional sanctions on Russia. 

Mar 16, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), whose district contains a sizeable Ukrainian population, reacted to the events in Crimea today with the following statement:

"Today is a painful day for many Ukrainian Americans. After the removal of a corrupt and oppressive leader, this should be a time to honor those who gave their lives and to celebrate a chance at democracy, freedom and prosperity.

"But instead, the Russians have trampled on Ukraine's sovereignty, created a totally unnecessary crisis, and divided a peaceful people.

Mar 15, 2014 Press Release

ROOSEVELT ISLAND – As Russia continues its aggressive and illegal attempt to take over Crimea with a sham referendum that would forcefully annex Ukraine’s Crimea, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) led a massive Independence Rally today at Four Freedoms Park, which was attended by many Ukrainian New Yorkers and organizations. The Ukrainian community joined Congresswoman Maloney on the eve of the March 16 referendum and called for the cancellation of the so-called vote to join the Russian Federation, and for Russian forces to leave Crimea. 

Mar 11, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) spent this past Sunday visiting Ukrainian churches in the Queens and Brooklyn portions of her district. Congresswoman Maloney has sizeable Ukrainian populations in all three boroughs she represents, and many of them attend the Ukrainian churches located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side; Astoria, Queens and in northwest Brooklyn.  

Mar 10, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – As Ukraine’s new government and its courageous people continue pushing for freedom from Russia’s suffocating grip and reform of a corrupt political system that has looted the country’s finances, members of New York’s Ukrainian community met today with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) to share their concerns and to talk about their friends and family members who are in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Americans gathered with Congresswoman Maloney at the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, in the Lower East Side, the heart of New York’s traditional Ukrainian enclave, and shared gripping and heartfelt stories about loved ones who are in Ukraine, some of whom were part of the Kyiv protests that led to the formation of Ukraine’s new government.

Mar 6, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today voted to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine aimed at helping insulate vulnerable Ukrainians from the effects of reduced energy subsidies and begin providing economic stability to the country.  

Sep 10, 2013 Press Release

I strongly support the idea of safely removing and destroying all of Syria’s chemical weapons. This development hopefully provides a route to effectively and peacefully preclude the further use of these weapons against the people of Syria or her neighbors. I applaud the Obama administration for considering this idea.

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