A third-generation Marylander, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is Ranking Member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has worked across party lines to further America’s national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into our foreign policy efforts. Senator Cardin has earned a reputation as a defender of universal human rights and refugees worldwide. He is the author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which has changed the human rights abusers and corrupt officials around the world are sanctioned by the United States. A member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, he currently serves as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the 57-nation Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.