2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: January 24, 2022

May 18, 2021

Today, the United States announced nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and people affected by ongoing violence in Burma’s Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, and Chin States. This announcement coincides with the launch of the 2021 Bangladesh Joint Response Plan. The new funding includes more than $80 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), alongside nearly $74 million from the U.S. Department of State. The United States remains the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Burma, Bangladesh, and the region, and this latest announcement brings total U.S. assistance to more than $1.3 billion since the outbreak of violence in Rakhine State, Burma, in August 2017.

May 17, 2021

On May 17, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Dominic Raab, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs.

May 17, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recognizes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Commemorated in more than 130 countries, the day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization in 1990 declassifying homosexuality as a mental disorder.

May 14, 2021

The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $3.8 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on the island of Saint Vincent. This additional support will provide thousands of people in Saint Vincent with emergency food assistance, access to safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, sanitary latrines, essential household items,and hygiene promotion activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases in shelters and communities. The funds will also provide essential medical supplies and support for health facilities, as well as support for logistics to move, store, and distribute emergency items where they are needed.

May 13, 2021

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, USAID Administrator Samantha Power held two sessions aimed at promoting the work of activists and journalists confronting human rights abuses, fighting democratic backsliding, and exposing corruption as governments use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power.