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March 24, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) in introducing legislation to waive fees for Americans abroad who require evacuation assistance from the U.S. Department of State.
March 21, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Peru Krishna Urs calling for the safe and immediate evacuation of U.S. citizens who are still stranded in Peru, despite President Trump’s statement at a March 19 press conference that he was working with the Department of Defense to get them out of Peru.
March 19, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to ensure the immediate and safe return of U.S. citizens who are stranded abroad as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions.
March 4, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Representatives Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Mark Meadows’ (NC-11) bipartisan House Resolution 512 today passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is gaining bipartisan momentum in Congress. More than 40 House Members have cosponsored H. Res. 512, calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.
January 24, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)--Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced that he is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan House resolution commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and 13 additional Members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressing deep concern on the impact that U.S. sanctions are having on access to medicine in Iran—particularly for individuals suffering from chronic, advanced, or rare diseases.
December 3, 2019 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Executive Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today issued the following statement in response to news reports of Kurdish prisoner Selahattin Demirtaş’ hospitalization:

November 20, 2019 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Following massive protests across Chile and the repressive measures taken by the Chilean government over recent weeks, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) and 17 fellow Members of Congress in calling for the defense of the fundamental rights of the Chilean people and encouraging the pursuit of peaceful, democratic dialogue.
November 11, 2019 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and 15 additional House Members in pressing President Trump to rescind his invitation to Turkish President Erdogan to visit the White House. In a bipartisan letter, the Members underscored that Erdogan’s bloody campaign in Syria has destabilized the region and endangered U.S. national security.

The Members wrote:

October 18, 2019 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) announced that he is sponsoring and calling for the release of Kurdish political prisoner Selahattin Demirtaş through the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s Defending Freedoms Project.