Ambassador King Co-Opens the 8th Prague Pride Festival

On August 6, Ambassador King attended the opening of the 8th Prague Pride Festival which belongs among the largest cultural events of Prague´s summer season.  The Ambassador said in his speech on Strelecky Island that he is „proud that the U.S. Embassy has supported the festival since its inception in 2011 … because LGBTI person ...
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U.S. Diplomats Discuss in Prague and Brno Situation of Roma in Europe

Representatives of nine U.S. embassies from the region and representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Helsinki Commission met in Prague and Brno last week to discuss current situation of Roma in the region. The representatives shared best practices, policies and projects that help to successfully integrate Roma people into major society ...
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Čeněk Růžička Receives A. G. Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day (December 10), U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Stephen King presented yesterday the 2017 Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Roma activist Čeněk Růžička. “Čeněk Růžička is the recipient of our award for his tireless advocacy of Roma Holocaust victims and his decades-long struggle for a dignified memorial ...
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The Embassy Supports the Women’s Congress

Acting Public Affairs Counselor Erin Kotheimer gave remarks on Saturday, September 23 at the Women’s Congress in Prague. U.S. Embassy Prague supports projects such as the Women’s Congress that are aimed at encouraging women’s leadership in society and strengthening gender equality. The theme of this year’s Women’s Congress “Women and the Public Space,” featuring discussions ...
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Roma Fellows Meet at the American Center

U.S. Embassy Prague’s Acting Public Affairs Counselor Erin Kotheimer spoke with this year’s cohort of Roma Fellows to discuss their fellowship experiences within organizations throughout the Czech Republic this year. The Fellowship program, led by Czech NGO Slovo 21, enables young Roma university students and recent graduates to gain professional experience during a 9-month long ...
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U.S. Embassy Participates in Prague Pride Week

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is a proud supporter of the Prague Pride Festival and Pride activities taking place August 7-13 throughout the city. We stand in solidarity with human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the country to ensure LGBTI persons live with dignity, respect, and freedom. As part of Pride Week ...
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Czech & American High School Students Discuss Human Rights

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the American Center of the U.S. Embassy hosted an interesting discussion on human rights with a group of Czech and American High School students in their respective countries. Acting Public Affairs Counselor Erin Kotheimer welcomed the students and opened the discussion. Political Human Rights Officer Julianne Parker, Political Specialist Helena ...
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The U.S. Embassy Prague Marines donated gifts in Toys for Tots program

On December 21st Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Prague Detachment donated a gift of Toys for Tots at the Safehouse of St. Joseph for mothers/fathers in need with children in Lochovice near Beroun in the Central Bohemian Region. Thirty-three children altogether will enjoy their new toys at Christmas – both kids at the safehouse ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Awards Media Prize at the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro attended the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards on December 10, where he awarded the media prize to Czech Television reporter Richard Samko. In his remarks, Ambassador Schapiro emphasized: “When the media cover cases of exclusion and discrimination, exposing these human rights violations, it increases awareness and understanding from the public, decreasing tolerance for these practices.” Before ...
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“Czech Refugee Help” Receives A. G. Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day (December 10), U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew H. Schapiro presented on December 8 the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Pomáháme lidem na útěku (The Czech Refugee Help or PLNU) organization which supports, helps, and coordinates Czech volunteers working along the Balkan refugee route. “The award was ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Hosts Reception for Major Cooper and Czech LGBTI Leaders

U.S. Visitor Major Clarke Cooper met with Czech LGBTI leaders and described how the US military changed to give LGBTI soldiers full and equal rights. Great discussion about the recent Czech Constitutional Court decision expanding adoption rights, changes in public attitudes, and next steps in the effort to end discrimination.
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Ambassador Schapiro and U.S. Embassy Team Celebrate Prague Pride Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Prague was proud to support the Prague Pride Festival again this year, which took place August 8-14 throughout the city. This year’s theme was “love,” and the Pride Festival’s objective was to combat prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities. The U.S. Embassy organized several ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Prague Pride Festival 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to support the Prague Pride Festival again this year, which will take place August 8-14 throughout the city. This year’s theme is “love,” and the Pride Festival’s objective is to combat prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities. 130 events are planned ...
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The Ambassador Discusses Integration of Refugees With Czech Officials

On June 20, on the occasion of World Refugee Day, U.S. Ambassador Schapiro met with Czech officials who traveled to the U.S. on the International Visitors Leadership Program(IVLP) project for V4 countries entitled Integrating Refugees through Community Outreach. The selected Czech participants included: Ministry of Interior officials Pavel Dymeš and Jan Kepka, Member of Parliament ...
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Statement by Ambassador Schapiro on the Occasion of World Refugee Day

Prague, June 20 – World Refugee Day is a time when we reflect on the millions of men, women, and children around the world who have been displaced from their homes because of hardship. Today, we honor their resilience, their courage, and the dedication of those who come to their aid. As a child of ...
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Embassy Marks World Refugee Day

The U.S. Embassy in Prague marks the World Refugee Day celebrated on June 20 to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world. As the largest refugee resettlement country in the world, the United States would like to highlight on this day that refugees have for many years positively contributed ...
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U.S. Expert on Refugees Discusses Best Practices in Resettlement and Integration

Ali Al Sudani, Director of Refugee Services in Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, visited the Czech Republic from May 16-27. Mr. Al Sudani spoke to Czech NGOs, government officials, university students, and the Czech media about best practices in refugee resettlement and integration in the United States, and in Texas in particular. “… In the ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Visits City of Kadan with Successful Roma Integration

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro joined Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Jiri Dienstbier during a visit to the city of Kadan in Northwest Bohemia on April 22. Together with officials from the Agency for Social Inclusion, they met representatives of the local socially excluded area in Prunerov populated predominantly by Roma, and a vocational ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Roma Day

Prague, April 7 – On the occasion of International Roma Day on April 8, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro joined three fellows participating in the Embassy-sponsored Roma Fellowship program, AraArt International Roma Day Events Coordinator David Tiser, and Slovo 21 Roma Fellowship Coordinator Denisa Horvathova in a video reaffirming our commitment to ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Roma Fellowship for Future Roma Leaders

Prague, March 11, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy Prague has launched 9-month fellowships for five Roma university students and graduates through the “Roma Fellowship” program. The program is being implemented by the NGO Slovo 21. The goal of the Roma Fellowship program is to give the fellows an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Visits the Brno Mosque To Express Support for the Muslim Community

U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro met with Muneeb Al Rawi, Head of the Islamic Foundation of Brno, to express U.S. support and solidarity for the Muslim community here and around the world. The two discussed the importance of tolerance, inclusiveness, and building bridges of mutual understanding among faith communities. Ambassador Schapiro said “”I received a ...
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Exchange Programs Alumni Share Their Experiences from the U.S.

NGO Slovo 21 Project Managers Martina Horvathova and Michal Miko led a roundtable at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center on March 24 to discuss their recent experiences on the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program Political Action For Civil Rights which took place in Alabama, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.  While on the program they studied ...
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Marie Gottfriedová Receives Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion of the anniversary of International Human Rights Day (December 10), U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew H. Schapiro presented on December 9 the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Marie Gottfriedová, Director of the elementary school in Trmice, for successfully implementing and advocating for inclusive education in the Czech Republic. “As the ...
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Do You Know Everything about Employment of People with Visual Impairments?

On Monday, November 9, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro opened a conference on integration of people with visual impairments into the workforce through the use of modern technologies. “This conference demonstrates how private companies, government offices, NGOs, and even embassies like mine can include people with various special needs in the workforce. This process not only promotes ...
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