Washington, DC - In Fiscal Year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 1,437 individuals for human trafficking – the illegal trade and exploitation of people for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. From those cases, nearly 400 trafficking victims were identified and offered critical services. 

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama: "Michelle and I wish a blessed Christmas to Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world.  During this holy season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and pray for peace on Earth. 

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On the one-year anniversary of the January 7-9, 2015, attacks that took the lives of 17 people, we honor the victims of this tragedy and share the sadness of their loss. Their legacy endures as a challenge and inspiration to all of us. Charlie Hebdo continues to publish, and journalists around the world continue in their essential mission to tell the stories that people everywhere need to hear.

Washington, DC - The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced $30 million in funding to three Expeditions in Computing projects. Each grant will provide $10 million over five years to interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research teams to support transformative computing and information technology research. The Expeditions projects constitute the largest single investments in computer and information science research NSF has made.

Los Angeles, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s new executive actions to reduce gun violence: