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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.

October 3, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the first tranche of recipients under USAID's New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) today during his remarks at the Accord Network's Annual Forum. The organizations will carry out programs that improve global health outcomes in USAID's partner countries, and assist populations in the Republic of Iraq that are recovering from the genocide perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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.

September 20, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced new financial assistance as part of the effort by the U.S. Government, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, to support ethnic and religious minorities displaced by the genocide perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). USAID awarded this funding to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and The Solidarity Fund Poland.

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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