The United States government promotes opportunity, mitigates risk, and improves the quality of life of individuals and families through a multifaceted approach to social development that addresses the changing needs of the population. Through local, state, and federal agencies, the U.S. government provides policies and programs that improve access to education, food and nutrition, basic health services, decent work, early childhood care, housing, and financial services.
The United States believes that success should not be determined by birth or circumstance, but rather by the strength of our work ethic and scope of our dreams. Social protection is an investment in our country’s greatest resource: our people. The United States government is committed to the alleviation and mitigation of poverty, inequality, and to providing opportunities for all individuals to live up to their full potentials regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and protected veteran status.
The United States has a robust legal framework covering a range of social protection. The following are a few of the landmark laws that codify social protection programs:
Unlike some of the other countries in the Americas region, the United States does not have a Ministry of Social Development or Social Protection. Various federal agencies of the U.S. government work in tandem on domestic social protection issues, in addition to numerous state and local level institutions. Programs run by each of these institutions address the multifaceted social protection needs of the population. The following federal agencies are responsible for social protection-related programming and/or have the responsibility of administering and enforcing relevant legislation according to their agency’s thematic priorities.