Sean Callahan speaks at the launch of Bong Pheak employment platform.
Sean Callahan, Deputy Mission Director, USAID Cambodia, speaks at the launch of Bong Pheak employment platform.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

(as prepared for delivery)


  • Madame Romserey Leakhena, Deputy Secretary General of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking and Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior;
  • Mr. Pim Sophea, Deputy Director of the National Employment Agency (NEA);
  • Jaview Solaro, Program Director of the Open Institute
  • Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

Good morning to you all. I am particularly pleased to join you today as we take a new step in addressing the international crime of human trafficking which affects millions of people worldwide and many right here in Cambodia. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:30pm

But I believe that what these voices of fear and distrust, and even hatred, don’t understand – or what they refuse to see – is that the Muslim community – here in the U.S. and around the world – is an essential part of the solution. That Muslims, like others, have played an integral part in spurring decades of progress – they’ve actually made the world a safer, more prosperous place than it has ever been before. And they probably don’t know that many of those who have been targeted so violently in Aleppo over the past couple weeks and months are heroes. And that those heroes – named after the white helmets they wear as they rush toward the sites of bombings and other attacks – are inspired by a simple belief enshrined in the Quran: to save one life is to save humanity.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 3:15am

In the Philippines, USAID has brought together these two priorities – access to water supply access and climate resilience. As we have worked to extend access to safe water and improved sanitation we have searched out the nexus between those important objectives and our quest to foster resilience in communities.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 4:00pm

The U.S. continues to work in partnership with the Government of Haiti to assess the extent of damage in Haiti and to prioritize humanitarian cleanup needs.  The goal of the U.S. as a friend of Haiti and a partner looks beyond the day to day now, as we have for decades. 

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:00am

As you know, when a crisis hits or a conflict erupts, families get displaced.  Children’s lives are uprooted and put under stress.  The routines of daily life are disrupted. Children experience and witness violence and other traumatic events either in their home countries or en route to a safe haven.  Throughout all of this, children lose opportunities to learn, play and develop in a supportive and caring environment. This is the case no matter where they seek refuge.

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:30am

So tonight, just as we did ten years ago, we have an opportunity in front of us. If we continue to work together, we can end the suffering of a billion people around the world. We can end preventable blindness, reduce disability and disfigurement, and ease chronic pain. We can build healthier, stronger communities and open lasting pathways out of poverty.

I hope that we seize this opportunity together.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Human trafficking is a global human rights challenge. It preys upon the vulnerable, breaks down rule of law, and corrupts global commerce. The U.S. Government, through USAID, the Department of State and other agencies, supports all four strategic pillars of counter-trafficking response: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership. In Cambodia, we have been working on these issues closely with the Government of Cambodia for more than a decade.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8:45am

It has become evident that an important trend in economic and social development is taking place in countries around the world. The private sector is increasingly taking on what had previously been considered inherently governmental functions.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:15am

The U.S. government, through the U.S.Agency for Internation Development (USAID) has been providing support to Population Services International (PSI) and their local partner, Population Services Khmer (PSK) to support the Royal Government of Cambodia to reduce child mortality due to acute respiratory infection (ARI)/pneumonia and diarrhea. 

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:15am

As a friend of Cambodia, the U.S. government is committed to supporting work in transitional justice and peace and reconciliation.  Through USAID, we provide financial support to TPO and other organizations working in the transitional justice sector.  As USAID’s partner for the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Towards a Shared Future project, TPO works directly with former Khmer Rouge members and with the survivors of the regime.  Their extraordinary efforts have helped Cambodian people cope with trauma and learn how to live peacefully together in the same communities regardless if one was a former Khmer Rouge member or a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.  Many of those who suffered under the Khmer Rouge have been able to move forward with their lives.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:00pm

When criminals exploit human beings to pursue profits in the global seafood market, they also disregard the environment in the process, damaging fisheries and destroying ecosystems. That is why at USAID, we strongly believe that we must look at these enormous challenges in an integrated way–working both to improve the sustainability of our oceans and increase respect for the rights and dignity of the people working in this industry around the world.


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