The International Disability Rights policy team includes, from left: Foreign Affairs Officer Lynne Madnick, Special Advisor Ann Cody, and Foreign Affairs Officer Charlie Kellett. Photo by Robin Smith

International Disability Rights

By Charlie Kellett Disability rights are human rights. As the United Nations’ (U.N.) Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Yet the rights of...
The U.N. Security Council Resolution 2475 on Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict was adopted unanimously at the vote and session, June 2019. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Removing Barriers

By Sofija Korac The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which celebrates its 30th anniversary July 26, prohibits discrimination through all aspects of public life by removing barriers and increasing accessibility so that all individuals can...

Commemorating History

By Noel Doyle During the final months of World War II, the leaders of the three great Allied powers involved in the conflict—U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier...
Reasonable accommodations can include hardware such as keyboards, magnifiers, or computer mice to assist employees with disabilities. Photo by Roberta Mather

Remote Accessibility during COVID-19

By Rich McCarthy   When the Department of State moved to maximum telework, many employees faced a new challenge: figuring out how to complete their tasks while working remotely. The Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office...
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Affairs’ (OBO) Diversity and Inclusion virtual discussion featured OBO Director Addison "Tad" Davis IV, OBO Principal Deputy Director Henry Jardine, Deputy Assistant Secretary Mirembe Nantongo from the Bureau of Global Talent Management, and President of the National Organization of Minority Architects from the architecture firm HOK Kimberly Dowdell. Photo courtesy of OBO

OBO announces bureau-specific diversity and inclusion strategy

By Christine Foushee In line with the Department of State’s commitment to developing a cohesive Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategic Plan, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) released a bureau-specific plan in May. The...
The Rambla of Montevideo is an avenue that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo, Uruguay, and also the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. At a length of over 22.2 uninterrupted kilometres, the promenade runs along the Río de la Plata and continues down the entire coast of Montevideo. Photo by Alejo Vazquez Young

Uruguay

By Jacqueline D. Mourot Often overshadowed by its larger and more well-known neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is a beacon of democratic and economic stability in Latin America. Uruguay’s democratic government, strong institutions, and strategic...

Marine Security Guards pay tribute to fallen veterans

Even during these unusual times, deeply rooted traditions remain. The Marine Security Guard (MSG) detachment at Embassy Luxembourg continued the long-standing custom of honoring the fallen during Memorial Day weekend. MSG Marines participated in...

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Making a Statement

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