Department of Labor Issues Report on Worker Rights Concerns in Honduras, Honduras Pledges to Work Closely with the United States

The U.S. Department of Labor released a report today that raises serious concerns regarding the effective enforcement of labor laws in Honduras  under the labor chapter of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The report provides recommendations  (PDF 1.4 MB) to address the concerns and calls for the contact points established under Article 16.4 of CAFTA-DR to ...
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U.S. Provides Support for Honduran Bean Producers

TEGUCIGALPA – In June, 56 producer organizations participating in the MAS project implemented by TechnoServe with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed a marketing agreement for more than 21,500 quintals of red beans for the first season with the Honduran Institute of Agricultural Marketing (IHMA). This agreement will benefit more than ...
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U.S. Marines Will Visit Honduras Again to Provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

TEGUCIGALPA – Invited by the Government of Honduras, another contingent of U.S. Marines who are part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF-SC) will begin to arrive in Honduras to participate in construction projects in Gracias a Dios, including a school and renovations to a hospital, and training events with their Honduran counterparts. ...
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Secretary Johnson’s Trip to Honduras

Statement by Press Secretary Marsha Catron on Secretary Johnson’s Upcoming Trip to El Salvador and Honduras On May 19-20, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to El Salvador and Honduras for meetings and engagements regarding current migration trends in Central America. Secretary Johnson will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador, and then Tegucigalpa ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Publishes Its Annual Policy Performance Scorecards

TEGUCIGALPA – On Friday, November 6, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) published its annual policy performance scorecards, which form a key component of how its Board will make decisions for selecting countries as eligible for MCC programs in 2016. Honduras’ performance on ruling justly, investing in people and economic freedom as measured by 20 indicators in ...
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Statement on the Action by the Honduran Government to Protect the Honduran Financial System

The U.S. Department of Treasury welcomes the swift action by the Honduran government to protect the Honduran financial system by assuming management control of Banco Continental, which was designated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. The Department of Treasury is committed to working with the ...
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Statement on Money Laundering Arrests and OFAC Designations

Today’s designations by the United States Department of the Treasury of three businessmen and seven businesses send a clear message that no one is above the law. We applaud the swift actions taken today by Honduran authorities to ensure the banking system is strong. Hondurans can be confident that it is well-managed and well-protected. We ...
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Treasury Sanctions Rosenthal Money Laundering Organization

Action Targets Three Honduran Money Launderers from the Rosenthal Family and Key Companies WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of three Honduran businessmen and seven businesses as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing ...
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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Four Prominent Honduran Businessmen for Laundering the Proceeds of Narcotics and Bribery Offenses

United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Margolin, Dawn Dearden, Christian Saint-Vil PHONE NUMBER: (212) 637-2600 One defendant arrested yesterday in Miami, Florida Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mark Hamlet, the Special Agent in Charge ...
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U.S. Consulate General Sponsors Events on Adoptions

TEGUCIGALPA – The Consular Section jointly sponsored a conference series with the National Directorate of Children, Adolescence and Families (DINAF) and the National Office of Forensic Medicine titled “Adoptions, Children in Social Risk and Abductions” on September 18, 2015 and September 22, 2015. The conferences were attended by Family and Childhood Court judges from Tegucigalpa, ...
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U.S. Donates Disaster Relief Facilities and Equipment to Honduras

COMAYAGÜELA – The U.S. government is donating three disaster relief warehouses, an emergency operations center and first responder equipment to Honduras as part of a U.S. military-managed effort to contribute to the region’s disaster relief preparedness. Ambassador James D. Nealon will officially turn over the facilities and equipment to Comision Permante de Contingencias (COPECO) leaders ...
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Provides Support for Festicafe El Paraiso 2015

TEGUCIGALPA – More than 200 coffee samples of small holders from the central-eastern region participated in Festicafé 2015; which 10 win a price. On March 12 and 13 the first coffee festival took place in El Paraiso, which includes the departments of El Paraiso, Francisco Morazan and Olancho, with the aim of promoting the high ...
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USDA-TechnoServe Will Finance Bean Producer Organizations

TEGUCIGALPA – In 2014, USDA-TechnoServe began funding bean producer organizations –beneficiaries of the MAS project (Sustainable Agricultural Improvement)– with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The investment was executed by TechnoServe and will support the first and second bean planting season: approximately 1,500 pounds of seed. In March more than 25 small ...
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Op-Ed: Investing in a Secure, Stable Central America by Vice President Joe Biden

This commentary by Vice President Biden outlining the Obama administration’s commitment to Central America first appeared in The Hill on March 10. Investing in a secure, stable Central America By Vice President Joe Biden Earlier this month, I spent two days in Guatemala meeting with Central American leaders about our mutual efforts to tackle one of the ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security

Joint Statement of the United States Department of Labor and the Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security regarding the Public Report of Review on U.S. Submission 2012-01 (Honduras) The U.S. Department of Labor and Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security together announce the publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Public Report of ...
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World Vision Awarded $7 Million to Combat Exploitative Child Labor and Improve Labor Rights and Working Conditions in Honduras

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the award of a $7 million cooperative agreement to World Vision to implement a project to combat exploitative child labor and improve labor rights and working conditions in Honduras . World Vision is “dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to ...
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Fact Sheet: Dry Corridor Alliance Investments and Results

As Honduras marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the “Dry Corridor Alliance,” the United States is proud to be a partner of this important initiative to improve the lives of thousands of people living in extreme poverty. With commitments of about $200 million, the Alliance –established in an agreement signed by President Hernandez ...
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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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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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Senior U.S. Military Leaders Visit Honduran Counterparts in Mocoron

MOCORON – U.S. senior military leaders from the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) met with Honduran military leaders in Gracias a Dios last week to discuss the situational challenges in the Gracias a Dios region and how the United States can help to build and sustain stability, security, and prosperity in the region. General Kenneth Tovo, ...
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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, Honduran Medical Staff Deliver Stuffed Toys to Hospitalized Children in Trujillo on Dia del Niño

TRUJILLO – U.S. military members and Honduran medical professionals delivered dozens of stuffed toys to hospitalized children at Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital on September 10, Dia del Niño. “I was extremely happy to see the U.S. and Honduran doctors bringing these stuffed animals for the children and it could not have come on a better ...
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Ambassador Nealon Visits La Paz with High-Level Delegation

TEGUCIGALPA – A high level delegation from the governments of Honduras and the United States traveled to La Paz today, to see first-hand how U.S. assistance is helping reduce poverty and malnutrition in one of the departments most impacted by the current drought. U.S. Ambassador James D. Nealon and Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the USAID ...
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Ambassador Nealon Visits Puerto Castilla to Inaugurate Joint Training

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon visited Puerto Castilla, Colon, on September 1 to welcome the U.S. Government’s first Joint High Speed Vessel, USNS Spearhead, which is in port so that U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel can conduct counter-transnational organized crime and counternarcotics training, and support humanitarian assistance operations with their Honduran counterparts. Ambassador Nealon ...
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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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