Update from Senator Corker - February 27, 2017

Senator Bob Corker
2017-02-27 16:44:25
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Meeting With U.S. Service Members and Assessing the Fight Against ISIS* As part of his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Corker last week visited the Middle East to meet with U.S. service members and assess progress in the fight against ISIS. Over several days, he met with U.S. and foreign officials in the region to discuss a broad range of shared interests, including security, humanitarian, political, and economic issues.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/isis.jpg] While in Iraq, Senator Corker met Tennessee soldiers and thanked them for their service. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tnflag.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/TNsoldiers.jpg] Senator Corker also visited a memorial in Beirut to pay his respects to the brave Americans who have lost their lives while serving our country in Lebanon. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/memorial.jpg] Senator Corker also met Lieutenant Colonel Phil Messer, a Tennessee Tech graduate from Ashland City. He is the chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. embassy in Beirut. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tntech.jpg] *Visiting St. Jude's Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon* While in the Middle East, Senator Corker visited the Children�s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL [link 1]), a regional affiliate of Memphis-based St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital (SJCRH). CCCL opened its doors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) on April 12, 2002. For 15 years, the CCCL has treated more than 1,330 children from Lebanon and across the Middle East. �As a parent, there is nothing you want more for your child than good health and the opportunity to live life to its fullest, and that�s certainly no different for families in the Middle East,� *said Corker*. �It was inspiring to see the work the Children�s Cancer Center of Lebanon is doing to treat children with cancer, and we know that work would not be possible without our friends in Memphis. St. Jude has always been a source of great pride in our state and witnessing the hospital�s global impact firsthand was outstanding.� During the visit, Corker toured the CCCL outpatient facility, greeted children and their families, and learned about the facility�s latest treatment protocols and close relationship with SJCRH. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/stjude.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/stjude_1.jpg] *Ongoing Efforts to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking* More than two years ago, due in large part to the awareness created by the END IT Movement [link 2] and its coalition partners, Senator Corker created a bold vision to not just fight modern slavery, but to end it. And in December, we took a huge step forward when the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 3] was signed into law. We have come a long way, but more work remains. As we prepare to launch the End Modern Slavery Foundation and embark on this unprecedented global effort to end this scourge on humanity, we must ask ourselves: if not us � if we don�t engage in the fight � who will? We are at a historic turning point, and the senator strongly believes � perhaps now more than ever � that together, we can end it. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/endit_1.png] [link 4] **Click here [link 5] or on the image above to watch video.** Last Thursday was �Shine a Light on Slavery Day,� which raised awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking by encouraging individuals to take a photo with a *red X* on their hand to post on social media. Senator Corker, while at the Vatican to discuss the End Modern Slavery Initiative and other important issues, participated in the awareness campaign. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/corker.jpg] [link 6] Many Tennesseans joined Senator Corker and the END IT Movement last Thursday, including Governor Bill Haslam and Crissy Haslam, Representatives Diane Black and David Kustoff, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland, and Peyton Manning. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/haslam.jpg] [link 7] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/black.jpg] [link 8] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/kustoff.jpg] [link 9] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/dipietro.jpg] [link 10] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/noland.jpg] [link 11] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/peyton.jpg] [link 12] University of Tennessee students also helped shine a light on slavery by painting The Rock. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/C5RsYgYWQAAn190__1_.jpg] [link 13] To learn more about the END IT Movement and how you can join Senator Corker in the efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking, click here [link 14].

Meeting With U.S. Service Members and Assessing the Fight Against ISIS

As part of his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Corker last week visited the Middle East to meet with U.S. service members and assess progress in the fight against ISIS. Over several days, he met with U.S. and foreign officials in the region to discuss a broad range of shared interests, including security, humanitarian, political, and economic issues. 

While in Iraq, Senator Corker met Tennessee soldiers and thanked them for their service.

Senator Corker also visited a memorial in Beirut to pay his respects to the brave Americans who have lost their lives while serving our country in Lebanon.

Senator Corker also met Lieutenant Colonel Phil Messer, a Tennessee Tech graduate from Ashland City. He is the chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

Visiting St. Jude's Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon

While in the Middle East, Senator Corker visited the Children�s Cancer Center of Lebanon (

�As a parent, there is nothing you want more for your child than good health and the opportunity to live life to its fullest, and that�s certainly no different for families in the Middle East,� said Corker. �It was inspiring to see the work the Children�s Cancer Center of Lebanon is doing to treat children with cancer, and we know that work would not be possible without our friends in Memphis. St. Jude has always been a source of great pride in our state and witnessing the hospital�s global impact firsthand was outstanding.�

During the visit, Corker toured the CCCL outpatient facility, greeted children and their families, and learned about the facility�s latest treatment protocols and close relationship with SJCRH.

Ongoing Efforts to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

More than two years ago, due in large part to the awareness created by the and its coalition partners, Senator Corker created a bold vision to not just fight modern slavery, but to end it. And in December, we took a huge step forward when the was signed into law. We have come a long way, but more work remains. As we prepare to launch the End Modern Slavery Foundation and embark on this unprecedented global effort to end this scourge on humanity, we must ask ourselves: if not us � if we don�t engage in the fight � who will? We are at a historic turning point, and the senator strongly believes � perhaps now more than ever � that together, we can end it.

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Last Thursday was �Shine a Light on Slavery Day,� which raised awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking by encouraging individuals to take a photo with a red X on their hand to post on social media. Senator Corker, while at the Vatican to discuss the End Modern Slavery Initiative and other important issues, participated in the awareness campaign.

Many Tennesseans joined Senator Corker and the END IT Movement last Thursday, including Governor Bill Haslam and Crissy Haslam, Representatives Diane Black and David Kustoff, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland, and Peyton Manning.

University of Tennessee students also helped shine a light on slavery by painting The Rock.

To learn more about the END IT Movement and how you can join Senator Corker in the efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking, click