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July 17, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, issued the following statement after the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights issued its review of American human rights policy:
July 16, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Today, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8), Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued the following statement after the State Department revealed a draft report from the Commission on Unalienable Rights.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) Executive Board Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined TLHRC Co-Chair James P. McGovern (D-MA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan (D-WI) and 94 Members of Congress in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press the Colombian government to commit to peace and stop the escalation of violence against Colombian human rights defenders.
July 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued the following statement after the State Department revealed its plan for releasing a draft report from the Commission on Unalienable Rights.
June 30, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With the renegotiated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) taking effect on July 1, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and 58 colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to work to secure the release of Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas, who was arrested and detained by the State of Tamaulipas in Mexico on June 8, 2020 on trumped-up legal accusations.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) in introducing the Protecting Human Rights During Pandemic Act (H.R. 6986) to affirm U.S. leadership and support for the protection of internationally recognized human rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The bill authorizes the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to respond with diplomacy and development assistance when countries use the pandemic to justify cracking down on freedom of the press, increasing unchecked surveillance or consolidating executive power.
May 11, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md) joined a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take urgent action to protect the global LGBTQI population and other vulnerable communities that are being persecuted and discriminated against during the coronavirus pandemic. Many governments are using the public health emergency as an excuse to further marginalize LGBTQI individuals and exclude vulnerable communities from short- and long-term response and recovery planning.

May 6, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) today joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and 25 House and Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to confirm that U.S. policy does not preclude companies and humanitarians from providing essential medical equipment, food, and information to the people of Cuba to combat COVID-19.
April 2, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) in sending two bipartisan, bicameral letters seeking clarity on unemployment benefits and work opportunities for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service participants.
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.