Congresswoman Nikema Williams Secures Passage of Provision to Protect LGBTQI Individuals Around the World

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) secured passage of her amendment to The Global Respect Act. The amendment commissions a study on how the State Department can work with stakeholders on proactively preventing persecution of LGBTQI individuals around the world. The Global Respect Act provides much-needed accountability for individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQI individuals. 

Congresswoman Williams said: 

“As the Congresswoman representing the LGBTQI capital of the South, this amendment is just another way that my district is leading the way to achieve human rights and equity for all. Atlanta influences everything, and my amendment is designed to do just that, by extending human rights protections beyond my city and our nation’s borders. With my amendment, the State Department will study how it can better coordinate internationally to prevent international human rights abuses based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics before those abuses occur. This will create a better world for everyone, no matter where they live, who they love, or how they identify.” 

Click here to watch Congresswoman Williams’ Floor speech in support of her amendment. 


Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.


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