Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

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Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
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Incumbent
Lisa J. Peterson[1] (acting)

since January 20, 2021
Reports toUnder Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderJames M. Wilson, Jr.
Formation1976
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is the head of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor within the United States Department of State. The Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor reports to the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, 1976—1993[edit]

Name Assumed office Left office President served under
James M. Wilson, Jr. November 29, 1976 April 28, 1977 Gerald Ford
Patricia M. Derian August 17, 1977 January 19, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Elliott Abrams December 12, 1981 July 17, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Richard Schifter October 31, 1985 April 3, 1992 Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
Patricia Diaz Dennis August 24, 1992 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush

While Ernest W. Lefever was nominated for the office by Reagan in 1981, his nomination was rejected by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he withdrew from consideration.[2]

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 1993—Present[edit]

Name Assumed office Left office President served under
John Shattuck June 2, 1993 November 13, 1998 Bill Clinton
Harold Hongju Koh November 13, 1998 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Lorne Craner June 4, 2001 July 31, 2004 George W. Bush
Barry Lowenkron October 14, 2005 August 28, 2007 George W. Bush
David J. Kramer March 21, 2008 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Michael H. Posner September 23, 2009 March 8, 2013 Barack Obama
Uzra Zeya (acting)[3] March 8, 2013 April 3, 2014 Barack Obama
Tom Malinowski[4] April 3, 2014 January 20, 2017 Barack Obama
Virginia Bennett (acting) January 20, 2017 November 30, 2017 Donald Trump
Robert Destro[5] September 23, 2019 January 20, 2021 Donald Trump
Lisa J. Peterson (acting)[6] January 20, 2021 Joe Biden

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lisa Peterson" [Senior Official for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights and Acting Assistant Secretary]. State.gov Biographies. United States Department of State.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (July 31, 2009). "Ernest W. Lefever dies at 89; founder of conservative public policy organization". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "Uzra Zeya, Deputy Chief of Mission | Embassy of the United States Paris, France". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
  4. ^ "Malinowski, Tom". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  5. ^ "Robert A. Destro". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  6. ^ "Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Mission". State.gov - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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