Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) issued the following statement after voting against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015. The bill is intended to fund the agency through September 30, 2015.

Washington, DC - A Brooklyn man was sentenced yesterday in Honolulu for his involvement in a counterfeit DVD movie ring, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni of the District of Hawaii.

Washington, DC - In 2010, President Barack Obama declared January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the hopes of bringing an end to this inexcusable act of abuse that is a modern-day form of slavery.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Researchers have demonstrated a new way to enhance the emission of single photons by using "hyperbolic metamaterials," a step toward creating devices in work aimed at developing quantum computers and communications technologies.

Washington, DC - Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners have made progress toward the reconstruction of the public health sector to establish disease surveillance systems, enhance laboratory capacity, and develop human capacity in clinical services, epidemiology, and public health leadership.

Washington, DC - January 14 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, the ALERT Project and Government Accountability Project will co-host a webinar to help members of the media develop a thorough understanding of upcoming policy changes and the impacts of oil, dispersant, dispersant-like solvents used in fracking fluids and tar sand diluents. The webinar will give an overview of the National Contingency Plan for oil spill response; the rulemaking process; and the effects of oil, dispersants, and dispersant-like solvents on human health, wildlife, and the environment.