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13 Members of Congress Demand Cholera Justice and UN Apology

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and twelve other Congresspersons wrote to the United Nations Secretary General and encouraged the US to allocate resources to the UN’s cholera response. The Congresspersons also urged an apology for the UN-caused epidemic, saying that “Each day that passes without a formal apology and remediation efforts further erodes trust in the UN and affiliated peacekeeping missions.” Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full letter. —————- November 18, 2016 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations 760 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Secretary-General, It has been six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, which was already reeling from deadly and devastating January 2010 earthquake. As a direct result of their negligence, nearly 800,000 people have been infected with cholera and upwards of 9,500 people have died.1 In 2014, […]

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Seeking Foreign Policy Intern

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, seeks a highly motivated Foreign Policy Intern for winter/spring 2014. Interns are responsible for both administrative and legislative duties. Legislative support includes performing research, drafting public statements, preparing materials for hearings, attending briefings, reaching out to agencies and other congressional offices, and a host of various special projects. The prospective intern should have interest in and basic knowledge of UN agencies and functions, as well as foreign policy issues in Africa, the Western Hemisphere and the Middle East.  Candidates should possess strong oral and written communication skills, and an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Ties to California’s 13th Congressional District are a plus but not required. Interested and qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and writing sample tolee.internships@mail.house.gov as […]

Assessing Progress in Haiti Act passes the House

This is a sign of progress towards the U.S. playing an improved role in Haiti. Congresswoman Barbara Lee Hails Passage of Assessing Progress in Haiti Act Congresswoman Barbara Lee December 12, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2013 Contact: Carrie Adams (202) 225-2661 Washington, D.C. —Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee hailed the passage of her legislation, H.R. 3509, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013, which would require a comprehensive report updating Congress on the progress of the post-earthquake humanitarian, reconstruction, and development efforts in Haiti. The bipartisan H.R. 3509 is similar to previous legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lee and is aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the U.S. Government’s aid efforts in Haiti. The most recent bill takes into account the recommendations made by a recent GAO report and reinstitutes a more robust and comprehensive State Department reporting requirement. This […]

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