• Promoting the rights of women and girls around the globe by introducing legislation including the International Women’s Freedom Act of 2013 (H.R. 2947), the Repairing Young Women’s Lives Around the World Act (H.R. 2114) in 2007, and the Afghan Woman Empowerment Act of 2009 (H.R. 2214). Carolyn has also pushed for the inclusion of women in any negotiations with the Taliban and Afghan governments. 


  • Sponsor, H.R. 597: Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act. Introduced in 2013, this Act establishes a commission to investigate how Federal actions affect Americans residing in foreign nations. 


  • Sponsor, H.Res. 47: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, as an entity of the United States Postal Service, should issue a commemorative stamp in honor of the holiday of Diwali. After introducing this resolution in 2013, Carolyn’s advocacy in partnership with organizations around the country was instrumental in the creation of a stamp to recognize Diwali.  


  • Sponsor, H.Con.Res. 26: Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Pantheon Marbles Should be Returned to Greece.


  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 3289: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Imposes penalties on the individuals and organizations perpetrating human rights abuses in Hong Kong. Introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith. 


  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 4027: Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017. Increases sanctions on North Korea in response to their human rights violations. Introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner. 

Foreign Policy & National Security

America must lead by example

Having served New York City through the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, Carolyn has a deep understanding of the government’s responsibility when it comes to keeping Americans safe. She has been a voice for American leadership around the globe, including a strong state department, support for Israel, defending against foreign interference in our democracy, and re-establishing Congress’ authority to declare war. 


  • Voting to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in order to end “endless wars”. 


  • Joining with Congressional colleagues to urge the state department to repatriate all American citizens, including dozens of constituents, abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Ensuring that Russia and other foreign nations cannot influence future elections by voting to pass the SAFE Act this Congressional session. The bill, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, increases election integrity by allocating funding to study and reduce the issue and creating stricter requirements for state voting practices. Carolyn is also committed to holding Russia accountable for its interference in the 2016 election.


  • Advocating for productive trade policies that benefit the United States as well as the other parties involved and condemning President Trump’s unnecessary trade wars. 


  • Recognizing that the pervasive issue of climate change affects everyone and working to ensure that the United States plays its part in ending the crisis by pushing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and co-sponsoring the Green New Deal. 

  • Increasing aid to Central America’s Northern Triangle countries to help stabilize their fragile economies.

  • H.R. 5665 - Combating International Islamophobia ActCreates an office within the Department of State to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. This bill requires annual reports to Congress about human rights and religious freedoms in foreign countries.