United States
Under Secretary of State
for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
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Uzra Zeya

since July 14, 2021
StyleMadam Secretary
The Honorable
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderMaria Otero
WebsiteOfficial website

The Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights is a position within the U.S. Department of State that leads the State Department's efforts to prevent and counter threats to civilian security.[1] The Under Secretary oversees the Bureau of Counterterrorism, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the Office of Global Criminal Justice, and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Previously known as the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, the position was renamed in 2012, during the Obama administration.[2]

List of Under Secretaries of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

# Name Assumed office Left office President(s) served under
1 Maria Otero January 17, 2012 February 4, 2013 Barack Obama
2 Sarah Sewall February 20, 2014 January 20, 2017
- Nathan Sales
(initially as Acting, later as Senior Official)
September 29, 2017 December 21, 2020 Donald Trump
- Eric Ueland
(as Senior Official, by designation)
December 21, 2020 January 20, 2021
- Lisa J. Peterson
(as Senior Official, by designation)
January 20, 2021 July 14, 2021 Joe Biden
3 Uzra Zeya[3] July 14, 2021 Incumbent


  1. ^ "Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights". www.state.gov.
  2. ^ "State Dept creates super office for "civilian security"".
  3. ^ "White House Statement on Nomination of Uzra Zeya". www.whitehouse.gov/.