The United States Accepts the Temporary Presidency of the G-16 in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – In a brief ceremony on January 11, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Heide B. Fulton accepted the temporary Presidency of the G-16 group in Honduras, from outgoing President Giorgio Valentini, Resident Representative of the World Bank. The handover marks the beginning of a six month period during which the United States Embassy will serve as coordinator for ...
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Former Honduran Congressman and Businessman Sentenced to 36 Months for Money Laundering

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Southern District of New York ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY JOON H. KIM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Margolin, Dawn Dearden, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600 http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys Yani Benjamin Rosenthal Hidalgo, a Former Honduran Politician and Prominent Businessman, Was Sentenced for Laundering Drug Proceeds for the Cachiros, a Major Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization. Rosenthal Hidalgo’s ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, ...
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Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 12, 2017 Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release The Vice President spoke with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras by telephone today to review progress on the implementation of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan for the Northern Triangle of Central America. The Vice President praised Honduras’ progress in improving security and tax ...
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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on Support for Attorneys General in Central America

Congressional Record Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, the Northern Triangle countries of Central America –El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala– face many similar challenges. Poverty, gangs, violence, corruption, organized crime. One of these challenges is weak judicial systems. For as long as anyone can remember, judges in these countries, no matter how unqualified, have been selected through ...
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Statement by the Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson on the Resumption of Removals to Haiti

Following the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ceased removing Haitians to Haiti. In 2011, we resumed the removals of Haitians on a limited basis, who had final orders of removal and had been convicted of a serious crime. On September 22, I announced we would resume ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Blinken on Election of the New Secretary General of the Organization of American States

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Let me also thank you and President Perez Molina for the generous hospitality in Guatemala shown to Vice President Biden during his recent trip there. He spoke very highly of his visit and the energy and determination that he senses in the Northern Triangle of Central America. I also ...
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Ambassador Nealon’s Remarks at the Intellectual Property Rights Conference

San Pedro Sula, Cortés It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here to kick-off such an important and useful intellectual property rights event. It is impressive to see such a diverse array of participants from the public and private sectors, including a number of prominent U.S. companies. This speaks to relevance of this ...
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Op-Ed: A Plan for Central America by Vice President Joe Biden

Op-Ed Originally Published by The New York Times As we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed up on our southwestern border, the security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably linked with our own. The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas ...
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Department of Justice Seeks Recovery of Approximately $1,528,000 in Bribes Paid to a Honduran Official

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice filed today a civil forfeiture complaint seeking the forfeiture of nine properties worth approximately $1,528,000 that were allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid by a Honduran information-technology company to the former Executive Director of the Honduran Institute of ...
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Statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, on the U.S. – Honduras High Level Security Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON The United States and Honduras have built a strong, longstanding relationship based on mutual respect, cooperation, and common goals. Today, the United States and Honduras held a High Level Security Dialogue and discussed areas where we can continue ...
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Ambassador Nealon’s Remarks at the Launch of the Campaign “Honduras for Human Rights” in Commemoration of International Human Rights

As Prepared for Delivery Today we celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined the principle that the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” In principle, the concept that all human beings are born free ...
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Op-Ed: A Recipe for Success Against Corruption by Ambassador James D. Nealon

It is difficult to overstate the profoundly negative impact that corruption has on society. The abuse of entrusted power for private gain does violence to our values, our prosperity, and even our security. Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, an excellent opportunity to remind ourselves of the scourge of corruption, the need for public sector transparency, ...
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Op-Ed: Building a More Democratic Hemisphere by Secretary of State John Kerry

By Secretary of State John Kerry Op-Ed originally published by The Miami Herald on December 6, 2014 This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Summit of the Americas, hosted by President Clinton in Miami, a city that exemplifies the vital connections between the United States and its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. ...
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Launch of In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States is announcing the official launch of an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. This program will allow certain parents from one of these ...
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Financial Investigations Guide Deployed to Track Dirty Money

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon and Minister Coordinator of the Government Jorge Hernandez Alcerro today launched Honduras’ first Financial Investigations Guide (Guia de Investigacion Financiera y Contable) that will assist the country’s prosecutors, financial analysts, and law enforcement officers in conducting financial investigations that meet the highest international standards. The guide, grounded in Honduran law, ...
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Fact Sheet: In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

The United States is establishing an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. This program will allow certain parents who are lawfully present in the United States to request access to ...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras for an additional 18 months, effective January 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016. Current TPS Honduras beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from October 16, 2014 through ...
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U.S. Military and Honduran Volunteers Refurbish Medical Facilities

TRUJILLO – Members of the U.S. Navy Seabees teamed up with and Honduran volunteers and refurbished two medical facilities in Trujillo during Southern Partnership Station 2014, Sept. 18-25. Over a one week period, military members and the volunteers renovated areas at the rural Clinica Guadalupe Carney, adding a bathroom, clothes washing station, and a 200-gallon ...
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Statement by Ambassador Nealon for International Day of Democracy and International Day of Peace

This week we celebrate both the International Day of Democracy and the International Day of Peace. I believe it is appropriate that we celebrate these two days together, as democracy and peace are inextricably linked. In my first month here in Honduras, I’ve had the great privilege of meeting many Hondurans who are working to ...
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Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization in Treasury’s Crosshairs

U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release Contact: Hagar Chemali, Treasury Public Affairs (202) 622-2960 Los Valles Organization Targeted for OFAC Sanctions WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras and Honduran ...
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U.S. and Honduran Governments Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Information Sharing

TEGUCIGALPA – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Principal Deputy Assistant Director Thomas Winkowski and Director General of the Honduran National Police Ramon Antonio Sabillon signed a memorandum of cooperation Tuesday to enhance the ability to share information on immigration and criminal history records concerning Honduran nationals being repatriated from the United States to Honduras. ...
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Secretary of the U.S. Army Visits Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – The Secretary of the U.S. Army, Mr. John McHugh, visited Honduras on August 14. During his visit, he met with Minister of Defense Samuel Reyes and Chief of Defense Fredy Diaz Zelaya, as well as with newly arrived U.S. Ambassador James Nealon, to discuss counter-transnational organized crime training and recent humanitarian assistance operations and ...
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