June 2010

The State Department announced that Secretary Clinton will travel to Kyiv, Krakow, Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi beginning on Friday, July 2.  In Krakow, Secretary Clinton will participate in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Community of Democracies, a global intergovernmental coalition of democratic countries with the goal of promoting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world.  Secretary Clinton will also meet with Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski.

Speaking about Secretary Clinton’s visit, Ambassador Feinstein said, “In announcing plans to attend the Community of Democracies and lending other U.S. support, Secretary Clinton is sending a strong signal of American backing for Poland’s efforts to strengthen the Community of Democracies.”  Ambassador Feinstein attended the first Ministerial of the Community of Democracies in Warsaw in June 2000, when he served as an adviser to then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who, along with former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bronislaw Geremek, conceived the idea and convened the original conference.
In Kyiv, Secretary Clinton will open the second meeting of the Strategic Partnership Commission and meet with government officials, including President Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Gryshchenko, and with civil society and independent media leaders.  After Krakow, the Secretary will continue on to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, where she will hold meetings with government officials and civil society leaders to discuss bilateral issues, as well as issues related to regional peace and stability.

State Department Announcement on Secretary Clinton’s Travel
More on the Community of Democracies

English Language Specialist Efrain Diaz is visiting Poland throughout the month of June to conduct a series of workshops for teachers of English at the young learners’ level. As part of U.S. Embassy outreach to Polish teachers of English, Diaz will teach new techniques, strategies and methods to over one thousand teachers throughout Poland. In addition to running workshops at the Young Learners Resource Center (YLRC) in Warsaw, he will visit YLRCs in Bialystok, Szczecin, Gdansk, Lubartow and Wrzesnia, site of the newest center, set to open June 21. Diaz’s workshops will focus on current teaching trends, methods, strategies, and techniques. He will also address lesson planning and the role of grammar and language fluency in second-language learning, as well as innovation in communication methods.

Mr. Diaz will also take part in the International Conference “Multilingual, Multinational Schools: Opportunities and Threats,” organized by the YLRC in Warsaw, Bureau of Education of the City Hall of Warsaw, WCIES (Warszawskie Centrum Innowacji Edukacyjno-Spolecznych I Szkolen), and the U.S. Embassy. He will participate in the 8th English Teaching Market in Stare Jablonki organized by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA.”

Efrain Diaz, affiliated with Hodges University in Naples, FL, is a bilingual educator and writer with experience teaching at all education levels, from elementary to adult. He conducts training seminars and workshops for Florida’s Department of Education and teacher state certification.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce the release of the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report today at 16:30 in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.  The Report will be posted at 13:00 on Monday, June 14 and may be accessed at www.state.gov/g/tip.

The 177-country report is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, a modern form of slavery. Its findings are intended to raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The assessment includes reports on 175 countries assigned ranks, including the first-ever ranking of the United States.

Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announced, “This year, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of two landmark efforts to combat modern slavery. Ten years ago, President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act into law. And, that same year, the world came together at the United Nations and set international standards with the negotiation of the Palermo Protocol.  And since then, thousands of victims have been helped; thousands of traffickers have been arrested and prosecuted.”

On June 10, Professor Anna Markowska of Wroclaw University will discuss the works of distinguished American artist Roni Horn at CSW Auditorium in Zamek Ujazdowski.

The exhibition opened on April 29 at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and will be on show until June 13. The exhibition presents a series of her most recent works, including You are the Weather (1994-1995), Cabinet of (2001), Bird (2008) and a.k.a. (2008/2009).

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and the Trust for Mutual Understanding are among the sponsors of the exhibition.

On May 24, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, responding to a request from the Minister of Interior and the Fire Brigades, delivered fourteen specialized pumps to help with flood relief efforts. The high-volume pumps have been put to work cleaning up flooded areas of Wroclaw, Plock, Sandomierz, Warsaw and elsewhere.

In addition to the donation of the specialized pumps, Consul General Allen Greenberg announced on behalf of the United States Mission to Poland that the United States Government will contribute US$50,000 to the Polish Red Cross to assist in emergency response to the flooding.

The United States Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein, Consul General Allen Greenberg and the staff of the U.S. Mission to Poland would like to express solidarity with those who have suffered as a result of the damage caused by floods around Poland.