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Oct 18, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced a bill to step up U.S. diplomatic efforts to combat the scourge of human trafficking worldwide.

Lantos co-authored the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3887) with Rep.

Oct 18, 2007 Press Release
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking, the subject of our hearing today, is the world’s fastest-growing international organized crime.

It is also one of the most profitable, generating between 12 and 17 billion dollars per year. There are only two other illicit businesses, the trade in drugs and the trade in weapons, which are more lucrative.

Oct 17, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, announced today that he will introduce sanctions designed to pressure the military junta currently ruling Burma. The sanctions package, known as the Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act, will crack down on the Burmese practice of avoiding U.S.
Oct 17, 2007 Press Release
Almost a quarter century ago, my wife, Annette, and I were in Nepal where we met the Tibetan community. And it was through their passionate commitment to this incredible man of peace that Annette and I became involved with His Holiness.

And it was Annette who, over two decades ago, first invited him to the Congress. There was no such a meeting as we have here today.

Oct 16, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – The House Foreign Affairs Committee today asked top officials of Yahoo! Inc. to testify at a hearing on how the Internet company gave false information to Congress about its role in a human rights case in China that sent a journalist to jail for a decade.

Committee Chairman Tom Lantos has asked Yahoo!

Oct 12, 2007 Press Release

October 12, 2007

Lantos Lauds Nobel Laureates Al Gore and United Nations Authorities on Climate Change

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on the announcement today of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize:

Oct 10, 2007 Press Release

October 10, 2007

Verbatim, as delivered

Today we are not considering whether the Armenian people were persecuted and died in huge numbers at the hands of Ottoman troops in the early 20th Century. There is unanimity in the Congress and across the country that these atrocities took place. If the resolution before us stated that fact alone, it would pass unanimously.

Oct 7, 2007 Press Release

Rep. Jo Ann Davis


Washington, DC -- Chairman Tom Lantos of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA):

Oct 5, 2007 Press Release

The Honorable John D. Negroponte

Deputy Secretary of State

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Mr. Deputy Secretary:

Oct 2, 2007 Press Release
Madame Speaker, the images from Burma that have flashed across our television screens over the past two weeks have stirred the conscience of the entire civilized world. Buddhist monks, draped in their simple, crimson robes, peacefully gathering to press for change. Rangoon citizens pouring from their homes to join the holy men – their numbers swelling to over 100,000.