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Pride Month: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Inventors and Entrepreneurs

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This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and paying tribute to the many LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and innovators who help fulfill the promise of America for all. Below we share the stories of a few leaders in the community and ways in which our agencies are advancing inclusive innovation for the betterment of society. Dr. Martine Rothblatt is an entrepreneur...

Pride Month: Celebrating an LGBTQIA+ Leader in Data Collection and Advocacy

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate the strides made in the struggle for the human rights of LGBTQIA+ people, but also to acknowledge the challenges that remain. The U.S. Census Bureau is an agency that embraces the diversity of its staff. “The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the U.S. Census...

Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti

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Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves met virtually with Prime Minister Albin Kurti of Kosovo to discuss the U.S.-Kosovo commercial relationship. During their meeting, Deputy Secretary Graves expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Kurti and the Government of Kosovo for its cooperation in joining international sanctions on Russia in response to its unlawful invasion of Ukraine. The...

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act – and the Newly-Released Strategy to Combat the use of Forced Labor in Supply Chains

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued a statement on today’s implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), and the recent release of the Strategy to Prevent the Importation of Goods Mined, Produced, or Manufactured with Forced Labor in the People’s Republic of China, which was prepared by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Commerce...

Deputy Secretary Graves Concludes Trip to West Africa: Addresses Increasing Economic Empowerment of Women and Bilateral Commercial Engagement Across Continent

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On Saturday, June 19, Deputy Secretary Don Graves concluded his trip to West Africa, where he met with representatives from the governments of Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana, participated in key commercial forums to drive investment and create opportunities for U.S. businesses across Africa, and engaged with private sector and NGO representatives. Deputy Secretary Graves is the highest-ranking official to...

Summary Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Travel to West Africa

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On Saturday, Deputy Secretary Don Graves concluded his travels to West Africa, where he met with representatives from the governments of Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana, participated in key commercial forums driving investment and creating opportunities for U.S. businesses across Africa, and engaged with private sector and NGO representatives. Between June 11-15, Deputy Secretary Graves traveled to Abidjan...

Statement from Commerce Secretary Raimondo in Recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday

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Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement in recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday: Juneteenth represents the delayed freedom of the last enslaved Black Americans, the triumph and perseverance of a community, and the ongoing work that still needs to be done to root out systemic racism and ensure equality and justice for all. To recognize this historical day, last year...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Honors Juneteenth: "Equity is at the Core of Everything We Do at Commerce"

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On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, it’s my honor to wish you a happy Juneteenth. Today, we honor the Black Americans who blazed trails before us, those of us living their legacy today, and the future generations who fill us with hope. The great presence of Black resilience throughout American history has shaped our nation and is cause for reflection. Today, I feel particularly grateful...