Peace and Human Rights

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and long-time human rights advocate, I am committed to fighting for civil and human rights for all people at home and abroad.

The U.S. must partner with our neighbors across the globe to maintain national security and peace, fight infectious disease, and tackle injustice. We have to keep our commitments and continue to invest in foreign assistance, without which we cannot hope to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world. And we must always choose diplomacy and engagement over saber-rattling and war.

We must also fight immigration policies that violate the rights of those seeking safety in our country. Policies like separating families and detaining children are an abomination, and we must reunify families while affording people—especially those who have spent years living, working and paying taxes here—a fair, legal path to citizenship.

Immigrants in our communities also deserve not to be treated as a monolith, but to have their cases heard individually in immigration courts. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act to protect Iraqi nationals—including Chaldean Christians—who will face persecution for their religion, ethnicity or ties to America if they are forced back to Iraq against their will.

More on Peace and Human Rights

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing a bicameral, bipartisan resolution urging the Burmese government to allow for “free, fair, inclusive, transparent, participatory and credible elections in Burma” this November.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Tonight, let us honor the incredible life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Few have done more to move us along the path to equality for women and to a truly just democracy.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement to commemorate the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which passed the House today with a 329-73 vote:

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), pressed Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper about false claims Mr. Cooper made during a June 2019 hearing about the State Department’s emergency declaration allowing $8 billion in arms sales to Gulf countries.

Watch Rep. Levin’s questioning here.

September 11, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement to commemorate the nineteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001:

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation and Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, today sent a letter, signed by more than 100 bipartisan members of Congress, to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the closure of the United States consulate in Chengdu following the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China’s

August 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington—Representative Andy Levin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Eliot Engel, Chairman of the Committee, today called on Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper to sit for a transcribed interview with the Committee after new facts have emerged suggesting that he offered false testimony regarding Secretary Pompeo’s phony emergency declaration used last year to push through more than $8 billion in arms sales to Gulf countries.

August 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today made the following statement on the State Department Office of Inspector General’s Review of the Department of State’s Role in Arms Transfers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE):

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“We are in the middle of a pandemic and economic crisis that’s brought our country to its knees. We need to invest in more testing, relief for small businesses, and funding to help schools reopen safely—not an already bloated military budget. I support having by far the strongest military in the world, but that does not mean we need to spend more than the next seven countries combined.