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May 26, 2020

When the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) invaded northern Iraq in 2014, Ali Hassan* and his family were forced to flee. Hassan’s hometown of Bashiqa is renowned for its centuries-old tradition of tahini production. His family business, which had been producing tahini for 47 years, was destroyed during the invasion.

October 10, 2019

USAID has awarded over $4 million to six local groups in northern Iraq to help persecuted minorities targeted by the genocide perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). By working with new or underutilized partners in northern Iraq through the New Partnerships Initiative, USAID hopes to bring more innovative approaches to U.S. foreign assistance; focus on strengthening capacity and commitment in northern Iraq by tapping into existing networks of community- and faith-based organizations; and reach new populations.

September 27, 2019

Legal Foundation:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

-The Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution

September 26, 2019

Today I would like to talk about what we have done to respond to the genocide ISIS committed against religious and ethnic minorities in Northern Iraq, and the remaining challenges that face us. As USAID Administrator Mark Green has emphasized during his travels to the region, the Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that assistance reaches those most in need, including members of Iraq's ethnic and religious minority communities. At the outset I want to say that although we can be proud of our accomplishments, the road to recovery for these devastated communities is long and difficult, and will require continued commitment on the part of the United States, the Government of Iraq, and our partners. Helping communities recover from genocide is not like helping them recover from an earthquake, nor is it like any other development problem. It is an effort that requires a tailored approach that addresses the fullness of needs in a deeply traumatized society - not just rebuilt schools and hospitals, but also psycho-social support to survivors, reconciliation efforts between mistrustful neighbors, and the revitalization of a broken economy.

August 16, 2019

Today we had the second ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, and we had the largest ever human rights related gathering at the U.S. Department of State. Religious freedom, what we call our first freedom, is not merely an American value. It's a universal one, and it is a human right. Too many people in too many places suffer violence and persecution merely from exercising that human right.

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