H. R. 1857, International Human Rights Defense Act of 2019.

Summary: To establish in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the Department of State a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Peoples, and for other purposes. Cosponsors

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 4/01/19.


STATUS: Introduced 3/25/19 by Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]. 


  • From the 115th Congress: The International Human Rights Defense Act would build a framework into U.S. diplomacy to protect LGBTQ rights worldwide. (Source: Human Right Campaign)
  • As word has spread that Brunei plans to implement a new penal code that imposes the death penalty for same-sex relations, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., have reintroduced legislation in the U.S. Congress to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world. (Source: Human Rights Campaign)
  • “The International Human Rights Defense Act provides an unprecedented opportunity for the U.S. government to support the LGBTQ community internationally and to integrate their rights and needs into human rights and global health efforts.” (Source: Advocates for Youth)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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