Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall Travels to the DR Congo

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall is traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from October 18-24, 2015.

While in the DRC, Under Secretary Sewall will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the need to ensure timely, credible, and peaceful elections; combat sexual and gender-based violence; strengthen rule of law; and end the suspension of exit visas for internationally adopted children. She will meet with government officials, the opposition, civil society, youth, community and religious leaders, UN officials, and other key stakeholders. She will also deliver a speech at the Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS) on Tuesday, October 20.  The media is invited to cover this event and should be in place by 15h30.

On Wednesday, October 21, Under Secretary Sewall will travel to eastern Congo where she will meet with local government officials, civil society, community leaders, legal aid and health providers, and representatives of the United Nations Organizations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She will also visit the Vulnerable Children and Youth Training Center and meet survivors of gender-based violence.

For more information, please contact John Kalonji at kalonjij@state.gov or phone # or Larissa Diakanua at DiakanuaL@state.gov or phone #.