Under Secretary Sewall Travel to India

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 11, 2016


Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to India, January 11–15. She will be accompanied in New Delhi by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal.

While in India, Under Secretary Sewall will lead U.S. participation in the U.S.–India Global Issues Forum—the first since 2012—to review and expand areas of regional and global cooperation. She will meet with civil society representatives to strengthen cooperation around common interests, including countering violent extremism, religious freedom, trafficking in persons, and transparency and governance. She will also deliver a speech, “Democratic Values and Violent Extremism,” at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi.

As the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Under Secretary Sewall will also travel to Dharamsala, India, to discuss issues of importance to the Tibetan refugee community.

For further information, please contact Virginia Blakeman at BlakemanVH@state.gov. To follow the trip and for more information on the State Department’s work on civilian security, democracy, and human rights, follow us on Twitter @CivSecatState or visit 2009-2017.state.gov/j.