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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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Oct 26, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Hellenic Caucus co-founder and co-chair, joined her fellow Caucus co-chair and lead sponsor Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), and fellow New Yorker Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) in introducing H.R. 3131, bipartisan legislation that expresses gratitude to the government of Greece for preventing the Gaza flotilla from setting sail in contravention of Israel’s legal blockade of Gaza. 

Oct 18, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) celebrated the news of the release of Gilad Shalit:

Jul 11, 2011 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – After the devastating fatal explosion at a naval base in Cyprus, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens & Manhattan), the co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, released the following statement:

“My heart goes out to the people of Cyprus after the devastating explosion at a Cypriot naval  base near Limassol that took the lives of several people and injured many more.  The fiery blast, which news reports indicate was felt 30 miles away, has apparently taken a terrible toll not only on the naval base and a nearby power station, but also on Cypriot villages located near the site of the explosion.  All the Cypriot people are in my thoughts and prayers at this terrible time.

“When tragedy strikes around the world, Americans have a proud tradition of generously supporting those in need. I encourage New Yorkers seeking to assist the Cypriot people to support relief efforts to help ease the suffering of Cyprus in the wake of this calamity.”

Jun 23, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON --  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney issued the following statement in reaction to the President's speech last night on Afghanistan:

"President Obama’s announcement last night of a drawdown of troops from Afghanistan is a welcome development.  Unfortunately, the pace of withdrawal falls far short of what I and many in Congress think should be the pace, and what the American people want.

"Our brave men and women in uniform have fought with honor, at great cost, and in the face of great challenges.  Their courage and professionalism helped lead to the death of Osama bin Laden and is to be commended.  But after years of war, it is time to hand over security to the Afghan people and government and bring our troops home. 

"I will continue to work for withdrawal of our troops and bringing this decade-long war to a close."

Jun 17, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and five other Congresswomen wrote Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman who was jailed for nine days after for the offense of driving, offering  encouragement and moral support to her efforts to overturn Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers. The arrest and jail term sparked much online debate and dissent in Saudi Arabia, and a protest was held outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC today.

The lawmakers wrote:

We have been following your story with great interest as you pursue your campaign against the Saudi kingdom's driving ban. Your efforts on behalf of Saudi women, who only wish to protect themselves, are inspiring and we wish to extend our heartfelt admiration and support.

May 31, 2011 Press Release
New York, NY – Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) paid tribute to past and present members of our armed forces at a Memorial Day ceremony aboard the USS Intrepid.  Maloney joined U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Admiral John C. Harvey, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff to honor the sacrifices made by so many members of the American military to preserve our democracy.  A photo taken at yesterday’s ceremony of Rep. Maloney and U.S. military personnel is attached.

May 26, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – An amendment to the Defense Authorization bill sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today was approved by the House which would permit Freedom of Information Act inquiries and disclosures of non-security related information about defense operations.

May 9, 2011 Press Release
“I am thrilled to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, on the day before the British Mandate of Palestine was due to expire.  Born out of the ashes of World War II, Israel was founded as a homeland for the Jewish people.  Immediately following its creation, Israel served as a haven for European Jews who had survived the Holocaust and Middle Eastern Jews who were fleeing repressive anti-semitic regimes. Since then, Israel has welcomed displaced populations from Eastern Europe and Africa.  Much like America, Israel is adept at welcoming immigrants and assimilating people from different cultures. 

May 2, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), made the following statement after President Obama's announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden:

"The announcement by the President was a truly historic moment after one of the most tumultuous decades in modern times.

"It comes as welcome news to those who lives were ripped apart by attacks of 9-11. As we approach the 10th anniversary of that terrible day, this is also a solemn moment to reflect and remember. Nearly 3,000 men women and children died in New York City alone, due directly to orders issued by Osama Bin Laden. His death will help bring a measure of closure to our city and it represents the end of a chapter in a larger story still be written.
"There is more healing that must take place, more rebuilding that must be accomplished, and there are many still struggling to fully recover.

"But tyrants are falling in the Middle East and freedom has made progress. And with this announcement I can hear my city breathing a sigh of relief."

Apr 7, 2011 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney issued the following statement regarding the missiles fired from the Gaza Strip today:

“For months, terrorists from Gaza have been playing Russian roulette with Israeli lives and today one of their missiles struck a schoolbus with a schoolboy and a driver on board.  My heart goes out to their families and I am praying that the injured will recover.  Thankfully, the bus driver had dropped off most of his young passengers before the missile struck.  The toll could have been much higher had the missile landed earlier when the bus had dozens of students on board.