December 03, 2019

Congresswoman Lee Leads a Congressional Black Caucus Delegation to the United Nations

New York, N.Y. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee led a trip to the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation. The trip was attended by Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and other members of the CBC. The trip coincided with World AIDS Day and the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, where the members attended high-level meetings with a range of UN officials.

“As Democratic Congressional Representative to the United Nations, it’s more important than ever that members of the Congressional Black Caucus work with the UN to advance global peace and security,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “I am especially pleased that we were able to focus our agenda on the importance of African Americans and the African Diaspora, World AIDS Day, and the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. As the United States marks the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving on our shores and the Decade of People of African Descent, it’s more important than ever that we continue to work to address the harmful legacy of slavery and to end modern-day slavery around the world. Thank you to the entire United Nations Foundation for their continuing work to advance cooperation between Congress and the UN.”    

“This United Nation’s trip was extremely timely,” said Chair Bass. “Members of the CBC recently traveled to the U.S.-Mexico Border to meet with African and African Diaspora migrants fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. We learned a great deal about the conditions at the Southern border, but we have more questions than answers. This crisis demands the attention of the international community, so Members were eager to raise this issue with United Nations officials. We will continue to work with our allies, both domestic and abroad, to address this issue.”