2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State has produced an annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) that analyzes foreign governments’ efforts to combat human trafficking and honors individuals from around the world who have made significant commitments to ending human trafficking by awarding them with the TIP Report Hero Award. The TIP Report Heroes come from various professional backgrounds but share a lifelong dedication to stopping human trafficking, protecting victims, and seeking justice for perpetrators. On Thursday, July 1, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Acting Director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in...

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Corporate Analysis: A new economic diplomacy

This post was written by Puru Trivedi, Meridian’s Vice President of Corporate Relations, and Maggi Chambers, Meridian’s outgoing Sec. Carlos Gutierrez Corporate Diplomacy Fellow. It was originally published in The Diplomatic Pouch at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.    Diplomacy: Historically viewed as an exclusive circle which only invited diplomats and global elites to the conversation. In the past, business and academia typically stood on the sidelines as government officials told them what to expect or engaged them only under desperate circumstances. In today’s global economy, this practice is no longer feasible. The international exchange of ideas...

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Amplifying the Asian Pacific American Voice with Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch is the President of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a program devoted to promoting American Studies in China. She has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989 — the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspectives on AAPI month throughout her life and career.   What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to...

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Honoring AAPI Stories and Intersectionality with DJ Kuttin Kandi

DJ Kuttin Kandi is a retired hip hop DJ and activist, organizer, writer and artist who also co-founded Asian Solidarity Collective, a San Diego organization working to create Asian solidarity with other marginalized and oppressed communities. She is an alumni of Meridian’s Next Level program. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspective on intersectionality and storytelling.   What does AAPI month mean to you? Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage months means many things to me. First, it really means that not only must I be proud of my heritage but...

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The “face” of America with Ben Chang

Ben Chang is the Deputy Vice President for Communications and University Spokesperson for Princeton University. He has been a member of Meridian’s Rising Leaders Council since 2016. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you his perspective on home, history and heritage. For me, AAPI month begins in West Virginia. West Virginia: Perhaps a surprising locale for a story about AAPI month, but this one begins there because my mom grew up in Clarksburg, WV. My grandparents left China — and their daughters — to come to the United States to study medicine...

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