Federal Minister Faeser: The U.S. is our closest and most important partner outside the EU
24 March 2023
During her visit to Washington, D.C. and New York, the Federal Minister of the Interior advocated even closer cooperation between the American and German security authorities.
Following her visit to Canada, Federal Minister of the Interior and Community Nancy Faeser travelled on to Washington, D.C. and New York, where she met her American counterpart Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, to discuss various security issues.
To protect our security within Germany, it is extremely important to work closely and in a spirit of trust with the U.S. authorities,” Federal Minister Faeser said.
“We will continue to deepen our cooperation with the U.S. going forward.”
Protecting children against sexualised violence
Federal Minister Faeser said that protecting children and young people against sexualised violence was a special concern of hers, and that the
U.S. was one of Germany’s most important partners in this effort.
“The spread of child sexual abuse material does not stop at national borders. Taking effective action against those responsible and their networks requires close international cooperation.”
For the first time, legislation is being developed at EU level to make online platforms more accountable, the federal minister said, adding that this was the only way to detect and remove depictions of abuse and to prosecute those responsible. In creating an EU centre to prevent and combat child sexual abuse, Federal Minister Faeser said it was important to learn from and work closely with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the private, non-profit child protection organisation in the U.S.
In New York, Federal Minister Faeser spoke with representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) mainly about protecting children against sexual abuse. She also met Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the first woman to lead the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and visited the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, where she laid a wreath to honour the victims of the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001.