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State Department Sends Assistant Secretary to ... Minneapolis

2:44 PM, Nov 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The State Department has announced that it's sending the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs to ... Minneapolis, Minnesota. The government official, Esther Brimmer, will meet with "local human rights and refugee advocates."

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"Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 19 where she will be hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and participate in a series of discussions with civil society organizations on U.S. multilateral engagement," the State Department's press release reads. "During her trip, Assistant Secretary Brimmer will participate in a roundtable discussion on human rights at the Center for Changing Lives with Congressman Ellison, local human rights and refugee advocates, and local and state government officials. Later in the day, Assistant Secretary Brimmer and Congressman Ellison will participate in a roundtable discussion on food security issues hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a non-profit research and advocacy organization that promotes sustainable food, farm, and trade systems."

The press release is written in the same way an announcement for a trip abroad would be described. Except Brimmer is only going to Minnesota.

"While in Minneapolis, Assistant Secretary Brimmer will also meet with Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School and former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and students at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Graduate School for Public Affairs," the press release reads.

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