On September 19, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will have a confirmation hearing for four Trump nominees including Marshall Billingslea to be the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) at the Department of State. This office oversees five bureaus and four offices.
- Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
- Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
- Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
- Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
- Office of Global Criminal Justice
- Office of International Religious Freedom
- Office of the Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
- Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Mr. Billingslea was originally nominated in 2018, and re-nominated in January 2019.
Via WH, August 21, 2018:
Marshall Billingslea of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the Department of State.
Mr. Billingslea currently serves as Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing of the Treasury Department. Previously, he worked for Deloitte as a Managing Director; the Department of Defense as Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Negotiations Policy; the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, as Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment; and the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as a senior staff member in national security affairs. Mr. Billingslea is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, and the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia. Mr. Billingslea earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Must-read from @humanrights1st @BenjaminEHaas and @RobBerschinski on the Senate should reject torture proponent Billingslea to lead human rights at the State Dept https://t.co/dbzyjjbNfP
— Human Rights First (@humanrights1st) September 17, 2019
This should get more attention: Trump has nominated Marshall Billingslea, Bush-era torture proponent who advocated specific abuses of @MohamedouOuld to be…Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy & Human Rights.
Senate hearing on 9/19 https://t.co/76HPTxzq4q
— Hina Shamsi (@HinaShamsi) September 17, 2019
Had a great, wide-ranging discussion w/Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism & Financial Intelligence Marshall Billingslea. Recently nominated to be Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy & Human Rights, he has a long record of dedicated public service. pic.twitter.com/P2HpC5zrxb
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) September 26, 2018