Congressional Hispanic Caucus 37th Annual Awards Gala

09/30/2014

Congressional Hispanic Caucus 36th Annual Awards Gala The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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For more: http://chc-hinojosa.house.gov .

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Democrats On Child Migrant Humanitarian Situation

8/1/14

House Democrats  lawmakers Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the Republicans’ border legislation represents a cold-hearted response that will put immigrant children in harm’s way.
“We’re looking at possibly one of the most anti-Hispanic Congresses in generations,” – Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.)
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‘The Republicans’ border proposal was part of an “extreme agenda” that will punish the young immigrants’ – Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
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‘Republicans are”stripping the rights and protections of children”‘ – Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus
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‘The GOP bill as “an effort … [to destroy] diversity in this country” – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
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‘GOP leaders embraced “the least common denominator of hatefulness toward the immigrant community” by crafting their bill to win conservative support’  –  Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said
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“For weeks … they [Republicans] have said that they [the immigrants] are disease-ridden, lice-filled, gang bangers, drug dealers [and] mules of the drug cartels who have come here in hoards to invade our nation,” “And now they are demonstrating that that’s how they feel in their legislation.”  – Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Annual Awards Gala is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation who convene to network while celebrating the achievements of the Latino community. The evening’s festivities include musical entertainment, remarks by figures of national prominence, and recognition of CHCI’s highest honors—the annual Chair’s Medallion Award and the CHCI Medallion of Excellence awardees. These awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Latino leaders who “keep the promise” to their communities through their extraordinary efforts. All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.

For more: http://hhm.chci.org/awards-gala/

CHCI’s 37th Annual Awards Gala
October 2, 2014
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington  DC

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Corporate Tax Inversions

09/28/2014

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Tax Inversion

Tax inversion, or corporate inversion, is the relocation of a corporation’s headquarters to a lower-tax nation or corporate haven, usually whilst retaining its material operations in its higher-tax country of origin. The term is most frequently used in relation to U.S. corporations. Corporate inversions are a relatively recent phenomenon; although it is difficult to be definitive, the practice first became prevalent in the 1990s with U.S. corporations seeking to relocate to tax havens such as Bermuda; but more recently because of changes in the U.S. law publicity has focused upon corporate inversions conducted by way of merger with companies in lower tax European or Asian countries.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_inversion

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The Cost of Doing This Kind of Business: What Corporate Inversions Mean for America’s Future

Tanya Somanader September 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

A good way to build a stronger economy is to create a fairer and more efficient tax code — one that promotes business investment and job creation in the United States. That is why the President has proposed business tax reform that will simplify the tax code by lowering the corporate tax rate and closing wasteful loopholes.

Congress has yet to act on the President’s proposal, and in the meantime, some companies continue to exploit unfair tax loopholes. One such loophole allows U.S. corporations to undertake an “inversion,” whereby a company relocates their tax residence overseas, while changing very little else about its operations or business, in order to avoid paying taxes. With a simple change of paperwork, these companies can dramatically reduce their taxes, leaving other businesses and middle-class taxpayers to pick up the tab.

Dozens of U.S. corporations have taken advantage of the inversions loophole in recent years, and more are looking to follow suit. By renouncing their U.S. citizenship, these companies will cost our country nearly $20 billion over the next decade — critical dollars that could be used to grow and expand the middle class.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/26/cost-doing-kind-business-what-corporate-inversions-mean-america-s-future

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What Are “Inversions,” and Why Should You Care?

President Obama is calling for a kind of “economic patriotism” that’s based on investing in the things that we know grow the economy for everyone (like education and job training) — not protecting wasteful loopholes for a few at the top.

And he’s calling attention to one kind of corporate merger deal in particular — called an “inversion” — a word you might be seeing in a lot of news headlines lately.

It’s not the most intuitive name for a corporate tax loophole, so we’re going to break it down for you.

Q: So what exactly is an “inversion”?

A corporate “inversion” is what happens when a U.S.-based multinational with operations in other countries restructures itself so that the U.S. “parent” is replaced by a foreign corporation — and usually one that’s in a country with a lower tax rate than the United States. As a result, on the whole, this means that corporate income tax that would otherwise be paid to the United States ends up going overseas.

In other words, right now, our tax code allows any American company to merge with a foreign company (so long as that company’s shareholders own 20% of the combined firm) — and then “relocate” or “invert” to another country for tax purposes. This maneuver — which changes nothing about the actual operations that continue in the U.S. — allows companies to dramatically reduce the taxes they owe in the U.S. by taking advantage of loopholes in our tax system.

Meanwhile, they would continue enjoying the benefits and protections of the American economy — provided by our tax dollars. It’s a big loophole — and right now, it’s completely legal.

Q: That’s got to be costing us a lot of money, right?

Yes, and it could cost us even more. This is a growing trend among American corporations, and they’re getting increasingly creative and brazen in the ways they’re doing it. What’s more, for decades, countries have been holding “tax competitions” to lure American companies, offering special tax breaks to help them avoid paying their fair share at home.

All told, estimates suggest that it could cost nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years.

Q: OK, but I’m not a corporation. So how does this relate to me?

Simply put: You’re paying for it.

That’s because when corporations pay less, other working Americans have to pay more to help fund the services we all rely on: rebuilding our roads and bridges, equipping our schools with the resources they need, and defending our country at home.

Most Americans don’t have fancy accounting tricks at their disposal — and these businesses shouldn’t, either.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/24/what-are-inversions-and-why-should-you-care

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Lew Says Business-Tax Revamp Best for Limiting Inversions

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said the best way to deal with corporate inversions is through a comprehensive revamp of business taxation, according to a statement from the department.

Lew’s comments came in a meeting with policy specialists today in Washington, including Alice Rivlin of the Brookings Institution, Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Treasury said.

Lew’s comments today echo his previous statements on the issue, which emphasized reducing tax rates and making it harder for U.S. companies to shift profits overseas. The Treasury Department is also working on options for regulatory steps to curb inversions or make them less attractive.

During the meeting, Lew “expressed the same view he’s expressed publicly about the problem of inversions,” Bernstein said in an interview after the meeting.

Treasury is developing a plan on inversions and hasn’t made any decisions yet, said another person participating in the meeting. If Congress doesn’t revamp business-tax law, the department wants to find another approach, said the person, who asked not to be named since the meeting was closed.

In a recognition that such initiatives probably won’t become law soon, the administration is advocating retroactive legislation to prevent U.S. companies from changing their tax address by purchasing a smaller foreign company.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-21/lew-says-business-tax-reform-best-for-addressing-inversions.html

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner

09/25/2014

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Congressional Black Congress

Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and to address their legislative concerns.For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the Government of the United States of America to ensure that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to achieve their version of the American Dream.

The legislative agenda of universal empowerment that Members of the Congressional Black Caucus collectively pursue include but are not limited to: the creation of universal access to a world-class education from birth through post secondary level; the creation of universal access to quality, affordable health care and the elimination of racially based health disparities; the creation of universal access to modern technology, capital and full, fairly-compensated employment; the creation and or expansion of U.S. foreign policy initiatives that will contribute to the survival, health, education and general welfare of all peoples of the world in a manner consistent with universal human dignity, tolerance and respect and such other legislative action as a majority of the entire CBC Membership may support.

For more: http://cbc.fudge.house.gov

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POTUS to Deliver Keynote at 2014 CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner

September 19, 2014 cbcfinc.org

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker for the 44th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner, 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

“We are again honored to have former CBC member President Barack Obama address this year’s Phoenix Awards Dinner,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “Since the beginning of his first term, President Obama’s administration has been on the front lines in the ongoing fight for social justice, equal access to healthcare and economic empowerment for all Americans. We are proud to call him a partner in our mission to eliminate the civil and social disparities that many African Americans and black communities continue to face.”

CBCF also announced the full list of the 2014 Phoenix Award honorees: media mogul Cathy Hughes; legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali; editor, writer and producer Susan L. Taylor; civil rights leader Wade Henderson; and chairman of FE Holdings, Inc., Robert L. Wright, Jr.

For more: http://www.cbcfinc.org/2014-archive/778-potus-to-deliver-keynote-at-2014-cbcf-phoenix-awards-dinner.html

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference
Phoenix Awards Dinner
September 27, 2014
Keynote Speaker: President Barack H. Obama
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

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Executive Order 11246 – Affirmative Action, 49th Anniversary

09/23/2014
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr in a meeting at the White House

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr in a meeting at the White House

Executive Order 11246, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) on September 24, 1965, established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment on the part of U.S. government contractors. It “prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” It also requires contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” The phrase affirmative action had appeared previously in Executive Order 10925 in 1961.

The order was a follow-up to Executive Order 10479 signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 13, 1953 establishing the anti-discrimination Committee on Government Contracts, which itself was based on a similar Executive Order 8802 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. Eisenhower’s Executive Order has been amended and updated by at least six subsequent Executive Orders. It differed significantly from the requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which only required organizations to document their practices once there was a preliminary finding of wrongdoing. This Executive Order required the businesses it covered to maintain and furnish documentation of hiring and employment practices upon request.

The Executive Order also required contractors with 51 or more employees and contracts of $50,000 or more to implement affirmative action plans to increase the participation of minorities and women in the workplace if a workforce analysis demonstrates their under-representation, meaning that there are fewer minorities and women than would be expected given the numbers of minorities and women qualified to hold the positions available. Federal regulations require affirmative action plans to include an equal opportunity policy statement, an analysis of the current work force, identification of under-represented areas, the establishment of reasonable, flexible goals and timetables for increasing employment opportunities, specific action-oriented programs to address problem areas, support for community action programs, and the establishment of an internal audit and reporting system.

The Order assigned the responsibility for enforcing parts of the non-discrimination in contracts with private industry to the Department of Labor. Detailed regulations for compliance with the Order were not issued until 1969, when the Nixon administration made affirmative action part of its civil rights strategy.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_11246

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History of Executive Order 11246 – U.S. Department of Labor

Executive Order 11246 – United States Department of Justice

 

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United Nations General Assembly 69th Session

09/21/2014
United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.

United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.

The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Each country has one vote.  Some Member States in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote.  See the list of countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions. The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session.

Functions and powers of the General Assembly

Forum for multilateral negotiation

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.

It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.

For more: http://www.un.org/en/ga/about/background.shtml

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9/24/14 FACT SHEET: Comprehensive U.S. Government Approach to Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and the Broader Region 9/24/14 FACT SHEET: The U.S. Global Anticorruption Agenda 9/24/14 FACT SHEET: Announcing New U.S. Open Government Commitments on the Third Anniversary of the Open Government Partnership

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

President Obama chairs the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); First Lady Michelle Obama attends U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama delivers remarks at the Climate Summit 2014 U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First Lady Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the UN’s Global Education First Initiative’s (GEFI) U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly, First Lady Michelle Obama also attends U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of the Republic of Iraq U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama meets with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama attends a meeting of the Open Government Partnership U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

Thursday, September 25, 2014

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y

President Obama delivers remarks at a United Nations meeting on the Ebola epidemic U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-SiSi of the Arab Republic of Egypt Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y

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69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 23-26, 2014 Presiding Chair: President Obama U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

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Campaign Against Campus Sex Assault – “It’s On Us” You Are Not Alone

09/18/2014

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Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault
Fact Sheet

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1)  identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts.  We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault.  The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys

As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem.  A campus climate survey, however, can.  So, today:

  • We are providing schools with a toolkit for developing and conducting a climate survey.
  • We will explore legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct an evidence-based survey in 2016.

Preventing Sexual Assault – and Bringing in the Bystander

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for reducing sexual violence, and is releasing an advance summary of its findings.
  • The CDC and the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women will pilot and evaluate prevention strategies on college campuses.
  • Getting Bystanders to Step In and Help Is a Promising Practice

Helping Schools Respond Effectively When A Student is Sexually Assaulted: Confidentiality, Training, Better Investigations, and Community Partnerships

  • Many survivors need someone to talk to in confidence.
  • We are providing a sample confidentiality and reporting policy.
  • We are providing specialized training for school officials.
  • We will give schools guidance on how to improve their investigative and adjudicative protocols.
  • We are helping schools forge partnerships with community resources.

Improving and Making More Transparent Federal Enforcement Efforts

  • We are launching a dedicated website – www.NotAlone.gov – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools.
  • The Department of Education is providing more clarity on schools’ legal obligations.
  • The Departments of Justice and Education have entered into an agreement clarifying each agency’s role.

Next Steps
The action steps highlighted in this report are the initial phase of an ongoing plan and commitment to putting an end to this violence on campuses.  We will continue to work toward solutions, clarity, and better coordination. We will review the legal frameworks surrounding sexual assault for possible regulatory or statutory improvements, and seek new resources to enhance enforcement.  Campus law enforcement agencies have special expertise- and they, too, should be tapped to play a more central role.  And we will also consider how our recommendations apply to public elementary and secondary schools – and what more we can do to help there.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/29/fact-sheet-not-alone-protecting-students-sexual-assault

Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”

That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.

As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.

It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.

That’s why this is personal for me.

And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part.  And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.

Go to It’sOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.

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The White House’s dedicated website – www.NotAlone.gov – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools.  

On the website, students can learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint.  The website will also help schools and advocates:  it will make available federal guidance on legal obligations, best available evidence and research, and relevant legislation.  Finally, the website will have trustworthy resources from outside the federal government, such as hotline numbers and mental health services locatable by simply typing in a zip code.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

09/17/2014

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Defense Prisoner of War * Missing Personnel Office

“Keeping the Promise”, “Fulfill their Trust” and “No one left behind” are several of many mottos that refer to the efforts of the Department of Defense to recover those who became missing while serving our nation.

More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. Hundreds of Defense Department men and women — both military and civilian — work in organizations around the world as part of DoD’s personnel recovery and personnel accounting communities. They are all dedicated to the single mission of finding and bringing our missing personnel home. The mission requires expertise in archival research, intelligence collection and analysis, field investigations and recoveries, and scientific analysis.

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World War II 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII, more than 400,000 died during the war. At the end of the war, there were approximately 79,000 Americans unaccounted for. This number included those buried with honor as unknowns, officially buried at sea, lost at sea, and missing in action.

Today, more than 73,000 Americans remain unaccounted for from WWII.

Korean War

The Korean War accounting effort remains a priority for the U.S. government. DPMO pursues opportunities to gain access to loss sites within North Korea and South Korea. Additionally, identifications continue to be made from remains that were returned to the United States using forensic and DNA technology.

More than 7,500 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Vietnam War

Since 1973, the remains of more than 900 Americans killed in the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

For more than a decade the United States has conducted joint field activities with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover the remains of missing Americans. Throughout those countries, teams continue to investigate crash and burial sites, as well as interview locals to gain additional knowledge. The United States also continues to obtain access to historical wartime records and archives that provide information relevant to the fates of missing Americans.

Today, more than 1,600 Americans remain unaccounted for from the conflict.

For more: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/

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President Obama: “We Do Not Leave Anybody Wearing the American Uniform Behind”

We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind.

We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated and we were deeply concerned about, and we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.

We had discussed with Congress the possibility that something like this might occur. But because of the nature of the folks that we were dealing with and the fragile nature of these negotiations, we felt it was important to go ahead and do what we did. And we’re now explaining to Congress the details of how we moved forward. But this basic principle that we don’t leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies is not unique to my administration — it dates back to the beginning of our Republic.

And with respect to how we announced it, I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction, this is not a political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they hadn’t seen in five years and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again. And as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, I am responsible for those kids. And I get letters from parents who say, if you are in fact sending my child into war, make sure that that child is being taken care of. And I write too many letters to folks who unfortunately don’t see their children again after fighting the war.

I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.”

6/5/14 President Barack Obama

September 18, 2014 Presidential Proclamation — National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2014

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

This annual event honors prisoners of war and our missing
and their families,

and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.

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