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Our Mission

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor champions American values, including the rule of law and individual rights, that promote strong, stable, prosperous, and sovereign states. We advance American security in the struggle against authoritarianism and terrorism when we stand for the freedoms of religion, speech, and the press, and the rights of people to assemble peaceably and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

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Democracy and Human Rights

Supporting democracy and promoting respect for individual rights promotes fundamental American values and helps create a more secure, stable, and world.

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Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is essential to peace and stability: protecting the free exercise of religion contributes directly to political freedom, economic development, and the rule of law.

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International Labor Affairs

Protecting worker rights—especially the freedoms of association and collective bargaining through a healthy industrial relations system—is essential to building durable democracies as well as achieving sustainable growth for prosperity and a level playing field for American workers.

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Programs and Grants

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor funds programs in every region of the world to promote human rights, democracy, and transparent and accountable governance.

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Our new design makes it easier to find and learn about the State Department’s programs and services—from passports and visas to learning how U.S. diplomacy benefits the American people.