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Danica R. Starks, Senior Policy Advisor

Danica R. Starks is a Senior Policy Advisor on detail to the U.S. Helsinki Commission from the Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration where she spent almost two decades working to expand bilateral economic relations and develop rule of law-based market economies in Eastern Europe.

Danica was honored to be selected to attend the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University where she received a M.S. in National Resource Strategy, a Graduate Certificate in European Studies and completed a four month Space Industry Study. Danica also holds an M.A. in International Affairs with concentrations in Development and Transition Economics and Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in International Studies and Economics with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Affairs from The American University.

Danica speaks Russian and Spanish, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and volunteers as a mentor to young women through several organizations.

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BRIEFING – Russia’s Ecocide in Ukraine: Enviro...

Jul 11, 2024

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 2:00 p.m. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322 Stream live here WASHINGTON—In the ten years since Russia launched its war of aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine estimates that Russia has inflicted some $60 billion in damages to Ukraine’s natural and man-made environments and pushed Ukraine to the brink of ecological collapse.  Vast […]

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HEARING – Putin’s Syrian Puppet: War Crimes an...

Jul 10, 2024

Rayburn 2247 Stream live here WASHINGTON—For over 13 years, the Assad regime has been perpetrating war crimes and other grave human rights abuses against the Syrian people. The Russian support to the regime has been critical in perpetuating these atrocities. The hearing will address the extent of the suffering inflicted upon the Syrian people and examine […]

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Hearings

Putin’s Syrian Puppet: War Crimes and Complicity fro...

Jul 10, 2024

For over 13 years, the Assad regime has been perpetrating war crimes and other grave human rights abuses against the Syrian people. The Russian support to the regime has been critical in perpetuating these atrocities. The hearing will address the extent of the suffering inflicted upon the Syrian people and examine the broader implications of […]

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Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Led by Senator R...

Jul 03, 2024

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The delegation led by Senator Wicker visited the Tsi...

Jul 03, 2024

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Nikol Pashinyan meets with US Congressional delegation

Jul 03, 2024

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Briefings

The Proliferation of Russian-Style Foreign Agents Laws

Jun 20, 2024

In 2012, Russia adopted a foreign agents law which has been used repeatedly to crack down on independent civil society and opposition, closing organizations and jailing dissenters. Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of Russian-style foreign agents laws in other countries which, while justified as providing transparency for foreign funding and […]

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HEARING – Silenced Dissent: The Plight of Poli...

Jun 13, 2024

Rayburn 2212 Stream live here WASHINGTON—Across the globe, individuals continue to be targeted, arrested, and imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and association. Persecution on political grounds represents a fundamental violation of human rights and democratic principles. Autocrats and dictators’ unjust detention of political prisoners undermines the rule of law, […]

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Silenced Dissent: The Plight of Political Prisoners ...

Jun 13, 2024

WASHINGTON—Across the globe, individuals continue to be targeted, arrested, and imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and association. Persecution on political grounds represents a fundamental violation of human rights and democratic principles. Autocrats and dictators’ unjust detention of political prisoners undermines the rule of law, stifles free expression, and erodes […]

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BRIEFING – The Proliferation of Russian-Style ...

Jun 13, 2024

Thursday, June 20, 2024 2:00 p.m. Cannon House Office Building Room 210 WASHINGTON—In 2012, Russia adopted a foreign agents law which has been used repeatedly to crack down on independent civil society and opposition, closing organizations and jailing dissenters. Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of Russian-style foreign agents laws in […]

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Helsinki Commission House Leadership Marks Fourth An...

Jun 06, 2024

WASHINGTON—Today, Chairman Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Ranking Member Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) marked the fourth annual Counter-Kleptocracy Month. The U.S. Helsinki Commission has marked Counter-Kleptocracy month since June 2021 when the Commission helped to launch the Congressional Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy (Counter-Kleptocracy Caucus). The Caucus is also chaired by Reps. Wilson and […]

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Supporting Georgia’s Sovereignty and Democracy

Jun 04, 2024

WASHINGTON—The recent adoption of a Russian-style foreign agent law heralds an openly anti-western turn by the ruling Georgian Dream government, and their concomitant alignment with Russia as well as other authoritarian powers such as China. After three decades of a pro-west, democratizing, and Euro-Atlantic-facing strategic agenda, Georgia’s government is clearly and violently breaking faith with […]

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