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    Progress in Our Ebola Response at Home & Abroad

    Approximately 10 months since the first U.S. personnel deployed to West Africa to fight Ebola, we mark important milestones in our response to the epidemic and chart the way ahead. In keeping with the President’s charge that we tackle Ebola as a national security priority

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    CDC Foundation Donates Transportation

    Ambassador John Hoover handed over 24 multi-purpose vehicles and 29 motorbikes to the National Emergency Response Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Gaojia on behalf of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation on November 28.

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    Traveling to the U.S. from Sierra Leone

    Statement by Secretary Johnson on travel restrictions and protective measures to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States.These measures impact both American citizens and our visa clientele.

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    Sierra Leone Travel Warning

    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The U.S. Department of State has already ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown to begin August 14, 2014.

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    Consular Fee Adjustments

    Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some consular services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change...  »

  • Education and Professional Opportunities for Sierra Leone
    Education and Professional Opportunities for Sierra Leone

    Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, applications are now open for Educational and Professional Exchange Programs.  »

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    Unite to Fight Ebola!

    Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a deadly, but known enemy. This information is aimed at arming you, your family, and your community against Ebola. Sierra Leoneans that have survived the disease did so by getting medical attention early. Report any suspected cases to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s toll free call center (117). Please see translation of this message in five local languages on the right of the website  »

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    Secretary Kerry Welcomes Special Court's Decision

    On September 26, Secretary Kerry said the Special Court of Sierra Leone appeal chamber’s decision to uphold conviction of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor has brought a measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, and helped to cement the foundation on which reconciliation can proceed.  »

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    Kerry Releases 2013 Human Rights Reports

    Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The Reports cover the status of human rights in countries around the world.  »

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    U.S. Embassy to Host Talks on Role of the Press in a Democracy (PDF 108KB)

    From Monday, May 19 to Friday, May 23, the U.S. Embassy will be hosting Kevin Smith, a U.S. specialist in reporter protection shield laws, digital media transformation, media leadership, government transparency, and international outreach. During his five-day visit, Smith will work primarily with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) to strengthen the organization’s internal capacity and strategic objectives.  »

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Ebola Update

  • May 20, 2015

    As of May 20, there are 8,607 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 3,541 of those resulting in fatalities. There are 3,572 survivors. There are confirmed cases in all districts of Sierra Leone

  • May 19, 2015

    As of May 19 , there are 8,606 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 3,541 of those resulting in fatalities. There are 3,574 survivors. There are confirmed cases  in all districts of Sierra Leone.

  • September 15, 2014
    As of September 15, there are 1,542 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 474 of those resulting in fatalities. There are 329 survivors. The confirmed cases are in Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Kambia, Bombali, Tonkolili, Port Loko, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, and Bonthe districts and the Western Area Urban and Rural.

World Water Day 2015

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2014 TIP Report

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2013 Human Rights Reports

  • 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Released
    On Thursday, February 27, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - the Human Rights Reports - cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.  The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. Click Here for the 2013 Humana Rights Reports.  

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