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

March 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the Asia, Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) announced the reintroduction of the Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act to expedite the delivery of lifesaving aid by nongovernmental organizations to the people of North Korea. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the urgency of addressing longstanding barriers that complicate humanitarian work in the country.

March 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) joined Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and 20 other progressive members of Congress in sending a letter to President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris urging them to render their own decision as the representatives of the American people that a $15 minimum wage can be included in the American Rescue Plan under the Senate’s current rules. 

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to pass a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01), condemning the February 1 coup by the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) and calling for the Tatmadaw to release all political prisoners.

February 25, 2021 In The News

Read the full letter here.

Two Michigan representatives in Congress are urging Biden administration officials to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals, requesting long-term relief for their families.

 

February 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation (APCAN) Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a resolution condemning the February 1 coup by the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) and calling for the Tatmadaw to release all political prisoners.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after being appointed Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation:

February 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today welcomed the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the impact of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.

February 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, along with Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and four other member of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken urging the State Department to condemn the recent anti-democratic actions taken by Haitian president Jovenel Moïse and support the establishment of a transitional government in Haiti.

February 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released this statement following the Burmese military’s decision to detain elected officials, including President Aung San Suu Kyi:

January 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), Member of the House Education & Labor Committee, signed a letter led by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT) sent to GOP Leadership asking that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) not be seated on the Education & Labor Committee in light of her endorsement of violence and conspiracy theories, particularly with regard to school shootings.