Rep. Maloney Applauds State Department For Bringing Thousands Stranded Americans Abroad Home

Mar 31, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Following the return of more than forty of her constituents who were stranded abroad due to COVID-19, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement commending the State Department’s actions and urging continued work to bring every American stranded abroad back home. 

“Thousands of United States citizens and legal permanent residents have been stranded abroad during the COVID-19 outbreak. I have been in contact with a number of constituents who have been unable to leave certain affected areas due to mandatory quarantines and travel restrictions. They have contacted me from Honduras, Argentina, Morocco, Indonesia, Guatemala, India, Cameroon, and Peru in search of assistance to return home. I am incredibly thankful for the actions the Department of State has taken to bring more than 25,000 Americans, including more than forty of my constituents, home during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are working diligently to bring another 10,000 Americans home this week, and I will continue communicating with them to ensure every American abroad who wants to return to the United States can safely do so.

“All Americans stranded abroad should immediately register for the Safe Traveler Enrollment (STEP) Program at https://step.state.gov/ so that the State Department can be in touch regarding assistance. NY-12 residents can also contact my staff at urgentNY12@mail.house.gov for additional assistance.” 

Background

  • Registering for the Safe Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) helps the State Department contact Americans abroad and is critical to receiving assistance from the United States while stranded. The United States Embassy and the Department of State use STEP to count the number of citizens in localized areas and gauge how many charter or commercial flights will be needed for repatriation. Americans abroad in areas with little internet access should consider asking a friend or relative to register for them and send updates via phone. 
  • On March 20, Rep. Maloney joined with Rep. Joe Neguse to send a letter to Secretary Pompeo calling for immediate action to help Americans abroad. You can read the full letter and press release here.