U.S. Delegation Attends the 31st Pacific Islands Forum

Tuvalu, Polynesia - A high-level U.S. government delegation comprised of senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will attend the 31st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Session with Forum Dialogue Partners on August 16, 2019 in Tuvalu. The delegation will be led by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

"Feel the Burn" Bernie Sanders satire

Washington, DC - Bernie Sanders candidate for president satired by Vultures BuzzScrap
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Micronesian Government Official Sentenced to Prison for Role in Money Laundering Scheme Involving FCPA Violations

Honolulu, Hawaii - A Micronesian government official was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release Monday for his participation in a money laundering scheme involving bribes made to corruptly secure engineering and project management contracts from the government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Eli S. Miranda of the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office.

Preventing Human Trafficking on 'World Day Against Trafficking in Persons'

San Diego, California - Every year there is an estimated 8,000 new victims of sex trafficking in San Diego County, making human trafficking the second-largest underground economy after drugs, generating over $810 million in revenue per year. To bring awareness to this worldwide issue, the United Nations’ designated July 30 "World Day Against Trafficking in Persons." To commemorate this day, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office joined the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego during a “Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention” conference, where District Attorney Summer Stephan explained the impact of this crime in our region.

Attorneys General Becerra, James Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Cutting Penalties for Industry Violations of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James, leading a coalition of 13 states, today filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit of Appeals challenging a final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that reduces necessary penalties for automakers that fail to meet corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE).

Attorney General Urges Congress to Pass Strong Legislation to Address Contamination from Dangerous PFAS Chemicals

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a coalition of 22 attorneys general, Tuesday filed a letter in support of Congress’ efforts to pass legislation addressing the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In the letter, the attorneys general provide recommendations to address PFAS contamination and urge that any new law not impair states’ protection of their own communities.