Next Level Program

The Arts Envoy program of the U.S. Department of State with the support from U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) in Guatemala and the Municipality of Villa Nueva, organized 7 days of multidisciplinary workshops “Next Level” in dance, graffiti, DJ, and Rap with young people from marginal areas of ...
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Commemoration of International Day of the Girl

Mrs. Mary Arreaga shared the International Day of the Girl with girls from the El Refugio de la Niñez Protection Center, a project supported by USAID Guatemala as part of our commitment in the fight against trafficking in persons and protection of the full development of girls. We commemorate this day, recognizing the important work of ...
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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Judiciary

As part of our support for the Justice System, U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) and the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the participation of Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and OJ President José Pineda Barales. This memorandum seeks to support the courts to ...
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Visit of Congress Representatives Byrne, Bordallo, and Torres to Guatemala

U.S. Congress Representatives Bradley Byrne, Madeleine Bordallo, and Norma Torres visited Guatemala and, together with Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, met with Attorney General Consuelo Porras at the Public Ministry of Guatemala, where they received a guided tour of the Prosecutor’s Office Against Extortion. Since the creation of this office in 2017, the U.S. has supported ...
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SaborUSA presented several leading U.S. products to the local market

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared with hundreds of Guatemalans the successful SaborUSA experience, which presented several leading U.S. products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. During the event, the official toured different stands in which he showed the fusion of the talent of prominent Guatemalan ...
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Art in the Embassies Program

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and his wife Mary Arreaga celebrated the importance of Art in a cultural exchange at the official residence as part of the Art in the Embassies program from the U.S. Department of State, that creates an intercultural dialogue on mutual understanding through Visual Arts and the dynamic exchange of artists. The ...
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Visit the exhibition SaborUSA!

Live an extraordinary taste experience with great recipes prepared by Guatemalan chefs, with the best products from the United States. The Department of Agriculture USDA Guatemala, in collaboration with different partners and importers of North American products, presents this event to offer a tour of different dishes of the American culture. We walk the flavors ...
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Meeting with LGBTI Organizations

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge met with leaders who advocate for the Human Rights of LGBTI people in Guatemala, representatives of organizations such as Visibles, Rednads, Lambda Association, CAS, Oasis Guatemala, Trans-Formation Collective and the Human Rights Ombudsman. During this meeting, theDeputy Chief of Mission emphasized that we all have the right to live ...
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Inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center of Conred with the support of Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The U.S. contributed US $ 150,000 to build the new decision-making room of said center, which will be used by the Emergency Council of the Government of Guatemala in case of ...
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Guatemala’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on your celebration of 197 years of independence on September 15. The United States remains committed to working together with the Guatemalan people to increase prosperity and improve security and governance in Guatemala.  ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokerson Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Patriot Day, 2018 – By the President of The United States of America – A Proclamation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 10, 2018 On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom.  We come together, today, to recall this ...
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Visit of guitarist Randall Zwally

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the concert offered by professor and guitarist Randall Zwally as an initiative to share the history and culture of the United States, and inspire young people to find in art a tool of prosperity. Young people from zone 21 that are part of the ensemble of guitars of the Municipality ...
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Sesame Street in Escuintla

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Mrs. Arreaga attended the workshop given by the Sesame Street Foundation, aimed at the victims of the Volcán de Fuego tragedy, which took place at the UNICEF shelter, located at the Armando Barillas National Stadium in Escuintla. Elmo, Lola, Abby and the Cookie Monster traveled to Guatemala to share with survivors ...
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“Denuncia La Trata” campaign launch with USAID Guatemala support

On the World Day Against Trafficking, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the “Denuncia La Trata” campaign accompanied by representatives of the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, the Public Prosecutor of Guatemala, the PGN Guatemala, SVET and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Guatemala is a place of origin, ...
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SPMAGTF Task Force in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga traveled to Petén and Belize in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that is part of the vehicles used by theSPMAGTF Task Force organized by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for the humanitarian assistance exercises carried out in the country together with other partners in the region. Part of the bilateral cooperation actions focused ...
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College fair organized by EducationUSA

Dozens of young people participated in the Alumni College Fair 2018 organized by EducationUSA Guatemala with the commitment to promote new opportunities for higher education to boost the prosperity of young people. More than 20 American universities presented their study plans, registration processes and programs for international students in which Guatemalan youth can participate. USA ...
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Ambassador spoke with youth from the Altiplano who participate in USAID Guatemala projects

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with young people from the Altiplano who participate in different USAID Guatemala projects who shared their challenges, aspirations and perspective on development issues. During the meeting they also discussed the search for opportunities to be protagonists of prosperity in their communities, talked about citizen participation, access to public services, educational achievements, ...
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Ambassador met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango to learn about the efforts to promote citizen participation and access to justice for indigenous people. Inclusive development and good governance are essential to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens. We support through USAID Guatemala the inclusive dialogue that promotes the prosperity and sustainability of ...
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Local Nexus of USAID Guatemala in Sacapulas, Quiché promotes transparent municipal governments

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited Sacapulas, Quiché, where he observed the work done by USAID Guatemala through Local Nexus to promote transparent municipal governments that seek to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the population in an effective and inclusive manner and strengthen good governance. The Ambassador met the mayor of Sacapulas, and visited the municipal water ...
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PROINNOVA Project for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala

During his visit to Quiché, Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the project Innovative Solutions for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala and the Feed The Future initiative of the US Government, which seeks to improve the quality of life of families in the Altiplano. The beneficiaries and executors of the program presented the Ambassador with  demonstration ...
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Ambassador receives guided tour of Chichicastenango by Access students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the handicraft market of Chichicastenango on a guided tour by two young Access alumni, who demonstrated the skills acquired by being part of this English scholarship program. One of Access’s goals is to increase the educational and employment opportunities of its graduates by learning the English language. The Ambassador also met ...
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Ambassador participates in Civic Municipal program commemorating the 4th of July

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated with the Mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, and students from five educational establishments in the Municipal Civic Program organized by the Municipality of Guatemala, which this month is dedicated to the celebration of Independence of the United States. The Ambassador pointed out that on July 4 we not only ...
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Guatemala

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Guatemala with the Second Lady, Karen Pence, and the Secretary of the Department of National Security of the United States, Kirstjen Nielsen. This visit to the Western Hemisphere responds to the commitment of joint cooperation in the region, the strengthening of fair trade, the security alliance and the strengthening ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ...
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Memorial Day commemoration ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the commemoration ceremony of Memorial Day in gratitude to those who have given their lives in the service of the United States. War Day or Memorial Day is a federal commemorative date that takes place in the United States of America on the last Monday of May of each year, ...
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Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 26, 2018 The United States welcomes the release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara, who were unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. We extend our special thanks to Senator Bob Corker, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Mia Love, and all the ...
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The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 28

REF#: 2018-30 May 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, May 28, to commemorate Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors military service members who died serving the United States. The mission, including all agencies of the U.S. Government represented in Guatemala, will resume their regular activities on ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections

June 21, 2018 Venezuela’s election was a sham ­– neither free nor fair. The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela. Every day, thousands of Venezuelans flee brutal oppression and grinding poverty – literally voting with their feet. The United States will not sit idly ...
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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson May 21, 2018 Statement by Secretary Pompeo The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path ...
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CentamSmoke exercise with firefighters from the 612 Air Squadron

Recently, a CentamSmoke exercise was carried out to share operational experiences with the participation of American firefighters from the 612 Air Squad and 30 firefighters from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The training covered security issues, personal protection equipment, structural and aircraft fire evolutions, basic medical preparation, vehicle extraction and familiarization with ...
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Charge d’Affaires visited the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla

The Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, visited along with other officials of the Embassy, the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla, to learn about the production of sugar, alcohol and electric power from the cultivation of sugarcane. The members of the sugar community of Guatemala, presented several of the sustainable development projects and their social responsibility ...
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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Statement Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Quetzaltenango, May 29-30, 2018

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on May 29 and 30.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport renewal.  You may schedule appointments by calling the American Citizen Services unit at 2326-4942. Passport renewals are the only ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

May 14, 2018 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  Continued heavy rainfall is affecting road conditions and could lead to landslides and flooding throughout Guatemala.  According to the Government of Guatemala, these conditions signal the beginning of the rainy season. Actions to Take: Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe. Check ...
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On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 14, 2018 Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under ...
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Launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy of the Comprehensive Care Unit for HIV and Chronic Infections Dr. Carlos Rodolfo Mejía Villatoro of Hospital Roosevelt. This strategy, implemented by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, aims to get people with HIV to start treatment within a maximum of ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time ...
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Allied Humanitarian Forces Exercise (FAHUM)

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the exercise of Allied Humanitarian Forces (FAHUM) in Guatemala in collaboration with the US Southern Command in a practice to evaluate and increase the response capacity of the Government of Guatemala in the face of a major humanitarian disaster. The US is committed to work in coordination with the Government ...
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Call for Calm in Nicaragua

Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson April 22, 2018 The United States government regrets the loss of life and injuries suffered in Nicaragua during protests by its citizens.  We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly. The ...
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Welcome reception to TechCamp Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arrega participated in the welcome reception at TechCamp Guatemala. This initiative of the State Department brings together young leaders from Latin America to promote the use of technology to promote transparency and accountability, strengthen democracy, good governance and the fight against corruption, while seeking to contribute to the objectives of the Summit of ...
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INL and the Ministry of Social Welfare signed an agreement to implement the Juvenile Justice project

The director of US Dept, of State INL in Guatemala and the Ministry of Social Welfare signed an agreement to implement the Juvenile Justice project, which includes the creation of five regional offices, the first specialized center for the reintegration of young people and a transition house. This project seeks to eliminate overcrowding in juvenile ...
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Ambassador Arrega participated in OSAC Security Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening of the Annual Conference of the Advisory Council on Security Abroad OSAC 13 that will address challenges of the region in security issues. Central America is a rich, diverse region with enormous potential that will not be achieved unless there is more foreign investment, cooperation between the public-private ...
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Continuing Promise 2018

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the closing ceremony of the humanitarian exercise for immediate response to disasters, Continuing Promise 2018, which offered free health services to more than 700 patients every day, for 10 days. Humanitarian assistance arrived in the country on April 9 with the arrival of the USNS Spearhead, which ...
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The US congratulates the Nominating Commission

Ref# 2018-23 April 16, 2018 The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Nominating Commission on completing its selection of candidates for Guatemala’s next Attorney General.  Once selected by President Morales, the Attorney General will play a crucial role in guaranteeing transparency and rule of law in Guatemala, and continuing the fight against corruption and impunity.
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USAID’s Project “Creating New Economic Opportunities”

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with officials of the Government of Guatemala in the launch of USAID Guatemala’s project “Creating new Economic Opportunities,” seeking to create economic opportunities in the Western Highlands with focus on investment and competitiveness. The national and foreign investment and the boost of the competitiveness in the country are determinant to generate ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan Meets With the Governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras 

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Today, Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray co-hosted a meeting with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, Vice President Jafeth Cabrera of Guatemala, and Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of El Salvador ...
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Remarks by Vice president Pence at First Plenary Session of the Summit of the Americas

Lima, Peru April 15, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary General Almagro, President Vizcarra, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and leaders from across the Western Hemisphere — it is my great honor to join you today, as Vice President of the United States of America, at the 8th Summit of the Americas. And I bring greetings and great ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Antigua – April 19-20, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: To further assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Antigua on April 19 and 20.  These dates replace the previously announced visit dates of April 12 and 13. Please schedule an appointment if you wish to take ...
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United States Breaks Ground on New, Environmentally-Sustainable Embassy in Guatemala

REF# 2018-19 April 4, 2018 On April 4, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga, President Jimmy Morales, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations broke ground on the construction site for the new U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.   Located in Zone 16 and expected to be completed in 2022, the new building ...
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Inauguration of the new central offices of the Sex Crimes Investigation Department

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Sexual Crimes Investigation Department of the PNC of Guatemala as part of the support through U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) to citizen security. The inauguration of these facilities marks the renewal of the fight against ...
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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Guatemala to support the Supreme Electoral Tribunal TSE as part of our commitment to contribute to a free, fair, and transparent electoral process under good governance. We congratulate the TSE Guatemala for the initiative to promote reforms in favor ...
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Event: Semana Santa in Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala March 23, 2018 Location: Guatemala, countrywide Event: As we approach Semana Santa (March 26–April 1) the U.S. Embassy would like to remind citizens to be vigilant at celebrations throughout Guatemala. Please take note of the potential for increased criminal activity. Armed robbery and petty theft are a ...
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Commemoration of Tuberculosis Day

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the event to commemorate Tuberculosis Day, organized with the support of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, PEPFAR Central America, CDC, and University Research Co. “Looking for Leaders for a world free of Tuberculosis” is the theme of this year, which focuses on the commitment of all sectors, ...
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Ambassador Arreaga learns about investment programs in Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited 4 Grados Norte where he shared with several entrepreneurs and investors who are working to create an ecosystem of “Angel Investment” that promotes the investment of risk capital as support for entrepreneurship in Guatemala. During the meeting, the entrepreneurs showed the Ambassador business that uses technology to solve common challenges in ...
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IVLP Alumni organizes event with professional women in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM

To commemorate Women´s History Month, Physics professor and lecturer of the Program for International Visiting Leaders IVLP (for its acronym in English) of the U.S. Department of State, Waleska Aldana, organized an event with women professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM (for its acronym in English). San Carlos University of Guatemala and Galileo ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Statement By Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to strengthen ...
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Visit of USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney to Guatemala

The Undersecretary of Commerce and Foreign Affairs, Ted McKinney, visited Guatemala accompanied by an Agricultural Trade Mission of 34 companies from the United States. The group of entrepreneurs from the United States was in Guatemala as part of the Mission that seeks to bring leading companies in the agricultural sector of the United States with ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley visited Guatemala

The Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, visited Guatemala on the last days of the month of February. Within her agenda, she held a meeting with President Jimmy Morales, Commissioner Iván Velásquez of CICIG and Attorney General Thelma Aldana. In addition, along with Ambassador Luis Arreaga, she had the opportunity ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Livingston – March 7-8, 2018

March 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens in Livingston, with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga, on March 7th. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of interest to U.S. Citizens in Guatemala and will be available to answer your ...
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Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

February 23, 2018 Office of the Spokesperson In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the launch of ECHO Project

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the launch of ECHO Project (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which is a collaborative model of education and health care for first-line clinicians, which offers ongoing training through a virtual system to combat Tuberculosis in Guatemala with the support of PEPFAR Central America, CDC and University Research ...
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Inauguration of the Higher Risk Appeals Chamber with support from USAID / INL

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Higher Risk and Extinction of Appeals Chamber of the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, which will resolve legal recourses to expedite complex criminal proceedings. This chamber was created with support from USAID Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT, ...
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Ambassador participates in a conversation with university students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga offered the presentation “The Ethics as a bulwark of Democracy” in the Week of Ethics at the Rafael Landívar University. During his participation, the Ambassador also discussed how citizens should create and promote a culture of legality with the daily exercise of an ethical life. Therefore, he explained that if a society ...
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Defending Democracy in Venezuela

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson February 14, 2018 We support the decision of Peru, as the host of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to withdraw its invitation to President Maduro of Venezuela. Peru’s decision was made with the support of the Lima Group, which upheld the high democratic standard for Summit participation. The United ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participated in Amcham’s “Challenges and Opportunities” event

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the “Challenges and Opportunities” event organized by AmCham Guatemala, in which he highlighted U.S. investments as a sign of confidence in a Guatemala that fights against corruption. Among the examples cited, the Ambassador mentioned the four American hotel chains that inaugurated facilities in the country in 2017, after 10 years ...
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Ambassador is introduced to the new digital platform for Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the offices of Pronacom where the Commissioner and Minister of Economy, Acisclo Valladares, presented the advances in the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity and the new platform that presents the strategy of the Government of Guatemala. The new digital platform to follow up on the plan, shows in detail the ...
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Ambassador Arreaga visited the Prosecutor’s Office against Crime and Extortion

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the Office of the Prosecutor against Crime and Extortion along with USAID Guatemala authorities to learn more about their results and work methodology. This prosecutor’s office has carried out seven large-scale operations since 2016, in which more than 680 people accused of extortion have been captured, which represents a strategic attack ...
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Five youths and a teacher from Chiquimula participated in the cultural exchange Young Ambassadors

Five youths and a teacher from Chiquimula participated in the cultural exchange Young Ambassadors in the USA, where they developed their leadership skills and civic participation. Together with young people from other countries in the region, they visited cities in Washington DC, Michigan, Texas and Florida, and learned about the American educational system, social entrepreneurship, ...
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Presidential Elections Announced in Venezuela

February 8, 2018 Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States denounces the decision by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council to unilaterally advance presidential elections without guarantees to ensure free, fair, and internationally-validated elections. These elections do not have the agreement of all political parties and limit the ability of individuals to run in the election. By ...
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Inauguration of Modernization and Security initiatives on the border Guatemala / El Salvador

The Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala, with the support of the United States, inaugurated the infrastructure improvements carried out at the borders of La Hachadura, on the side of El Salvador, and Pedro de Alvarado, on the Guatemalan side, which facilitate trade, customs control, security, and attention to users and migrants. The work done ...
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Venezuela’s Snap Presidential Elections

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 24, 2018 The United States strongly rejects the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for snap presidential elections before April 30. This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions. It would not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people, and would ...
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OPIC meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

REF#: 2018-6 January 24, 2018 Today, Ray W. Washburne, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – the U.S.’s development finance institution – issued the following statement following his meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales: OPIC’s investments in Guatemala increase prosperity and economic opportunity for the Guatemalan people by improving ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Creamer met with Attorney General Aldana

Deputy Assistant Secretary John Creamer, senior official of the State Department for Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Policy and Summit issues, met with the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry Thelma Aldana. During this meeting, the Deputy Assistant Secretary emphasized the importance of the fight against corruption and highlighted ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from Pronacom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Finance, and Segeplán, who make up the technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity of the country. The Guatemalan officials shared with the Ambassador their progress and goals regarding the Plan, highlighting the projects to ...
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Treasury Sanctions Four Venezuelan Government Officials Associated with Corruption and Oppression

JANUARY 5, 2018 Washington – Today, acting pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials associated with corruption and repression in Venezuela. “President Maduro and his inner circle continue to put their own interests above those of the ...
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Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation

Statement by Secretary Tillerson Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation December 21, 2017 Today, alongside the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuse and engaged in corruption around the world. The Department is committed to protecting and promoting human ...
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United States Applies Global Magnitsky Sanctions

REF#: 2017-20 December 20, 2017 Today, together with the President of the United States and the Department of Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons believed to be involved in serious human rights abuse and corruption. Their names were placed on the Department of the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals List, which prohibits U.S. ...
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President Donald J. Trump announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Closing ceremony of the DreamBuilder women’s entrepreneurship program

We participated in the closing fair of the DreamBuilder program in which the products and services developed by 23 female entrepreneurs from different departments of Guatemala were presented. The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI fellow, Ana María Vásquez, worked for 13 weeks with the entrepreneurs to generate new knowledge of marketing, product ...
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“Art Against Violence” (AVES) project in Villa Nueva

In conjunction with the Municipality of Villa Nueva, the Public Affairs Section, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the Military Group of the United States supported the organization of a graffiti contest for youth in the municipality. The activity was part of the Art Against Violence (AVES) initiative that promotes entrepreneurship ...
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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception on the topic of Security

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials of the Government of Guatemala, the diplomatic corps, civil society, and the private sector to discuss joint actions that contribute to strengthening security in the country. The reception is part of a series of meetings to address the pillars of cooperation between the U.S. and Guatemala: prosperity, citizen security ...
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Webchat about transparency in government

The Public Affairs Section and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL of the U.S. Embassy brought together representatives of government, the private sector and civil society to participate in an electronic chat on transparency. Maristella Aldana, Former Head of the Institutional Integrity Office of the Inter-American Development Bank, offered her experience ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission visited Asociación Salud Integral

To commemorate World AIDS Day, Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the clinic “Luis Ángel García” of Asociación Salud Integral (ASI), a non-profit organization with more than 28 years of experience in HIV and infectious diseases. During his visit, Mr. Hodge learned about the advances in Guatemala of the Fast Start Antiretroviral Treatment (ARVT) ...
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Ambassadors of the USA, Mexico and Canada participate in film forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with Ambassador Deborah Chatsis of the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala and Ambassador Luis Lopez of the Embassy of Mexico in Guatemala in the film forum entitled #JusticiaParaEllxs. This initiative unites the efforts of the three embassies, as part of the campaign of 16 Days of activism to promote Gender Equality ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the 50th anniversary of AmCham

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of AmCham Guatemala, where he had the opportunity to thank and congratulate its members for the commitment and dedication to promote trade and investment between the United States and Guatemala, for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. This joint collaboration has served ...
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Vice President of OPIC and Ambassador Arreaga meet with President Morales

The Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Ryan Brennan, confirmed in a meeting with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, a US investment plan of $1 billion in the countries of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) in order to create 10 thousand ...
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Embassy supports play against gender violence and sexual harassment

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, we supported the theatrical presentation made by a group of Drama students from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala titled “Incordia”. This proposal calls for Art to correct the culture of sexual harassment in the streets. Local youth attended the presentation, which ...
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Ambassador Arreaga hosted reception on “Gender and Marketing”

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga hosted a reception for Guatemalan and American businessmen/women and creative experts in Social Marketing. During the event, the Ambassador urged guests to produce campaigns that empower women to impact the prosperity and cultural change of the country, as well as highlight the responsibility of entrepreneurs, creatives and, media as agents of ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participated in the Peace Corps swearing-in ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Swearing Ceremony of 36 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala. The Ambassador congratulated the new volunteers and wished them a fantastic experience in Guatemala. They join more than 5,000 volunteers who have served this country since 1963 and will work together with Guatemalans who have given a testimony of ...
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Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration

December 11 and 12, 2017 Representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Guatemala to provide social security services on December 11 and 12, 2017. Beneficiaries are reminded that they must complete their annual or bi-annual report to the Social Security Administration and may drop off reports during the visit.  Services Location: Instituto Guatemalteco ...
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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception for prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from the Government of Guatemala, the Diplomatic Corps, Civil Society and the Private Sector to discuss joint actions to boost the country’s prosperity. Prosperity is one of the pillars of the United States Strategy with Central America and a key component of the Alliance for Prosperity. Ambassador Arreaga mentioned ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

November 17-18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the Latin American Impact Investment Forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Latin American Forum on Impact Investment in Central America and the Caribbean, in which he called on participants, including the private sector, government, universities and civil society, to join together for a more supportive Guatemala that works towards finding the solutions of common challenges to build the prosperity.
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Guatemalan fellow wins YLAI 2017 pitch competition

Congratulations to the winner of the competition of Proposals # YLAI2017: Aaron Bendfeldt from Guatemala! Young entrepreneurs from different countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region presented their ideas of creation and social entrepreneurship companies, where the Guatemalan obtained the first place. These professional fellows of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) ...
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Ambassador Arreaga attends National Teachers Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening ceremony of the National Teachers Conference for English instructors, organized annually by Instituto Guatemalteco Americano IGA. This year, the conference celebrates its 36th edition entitled “Different Cultures, One Classroom”, a theme highlighted by Ambassador Arreaga, embodies its richness in the role of teachers as promoters of the importance ...
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Ambassador Arreaga at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair, along with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Minister Leticia Teleguario of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. The event was also attended by representatives of other sectors, such as Mr. Antonio Malouf, president of Cacif and Mr. ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 The United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15, gubernatorial elections. We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela. The voice of the ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson October 12, 2017 The Venezuelan people deserve to have their voices heard through their nation’s Gubernatorial Elections this Sunday, October 15.  The United States and the international community are paying close attention to this vote.  The United States calls on the regime to ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with AmCham Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with representatives of AmCham Guatemala in a meeting that focused on issues of economic strengthening, free market between Guatemala and the United States, Amcham’s efforts to meet the needs of its more than 500 member companies, and the struggle against corruption. The United States Embassy works closely with our Guatemalan partners ...
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Notice Regarding Continued Inclement Weather

October 6, 2017 The Coordinadora Nacional para la Reduccion de Desastres (CONRED) and the Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH) have issued special cautions regarding ongoing inclement weather throughout Guatemala. These notices highlight the potential for landslides, flash floods, and sudden damage to highways and roads throughout the country. The U.S. Embassy ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with CACIF and FUNDESA

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with members of CACIF and FUNDESA to discuss the importance of the fight against corruption and impunity for a favorable investment climate for the country. The Ambassador also emphasized the support of the United States and the joint efforts of the various sectors of the country to facilitate trade, promote education ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with Indigenous Leaders

Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to speak with leaders of indigenous communities about the importance of continuing to work on public policies that promote social inclusion, strengthen respect for human rights and promote a more tolerant and equitable society with opportunities for everybody. Indigenous leaders and the Ambassador agreed on the importance of investing ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with representatives from Civil Society

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with representatives of different civil society organizations where he established a dialogue on the role of Citizen Participation to promote transparency initiatives that promote accountability to respond to the needs of Guatemalans. The United States considers the presence of Civil Society in the processes of transformation and democratic social reform essential. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission visited USAID and INL school project in El Mezquital

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the El Mezquital colony in Villa Nueva to learn about the projects they carry out in the USAID Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT with the support of Convivimos to strengthen citizen security. Schools are strong allies with whom ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with Commissioner Velásquez and Attorney General Aldana

During his tour of meetings, Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to coincide with the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, and CICIG Commissioner – International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Ivan Velasquez. The Ambassador used the space to confirm the commitment of the United States Government to their ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with the President of the Constitutional Court

Ambassador Luis Arreaga greeted the president of the Constitutional Court, Francisco de Mata Vela in a presentation meeting. The event was an occasion in which the Ambassador emphasized the follow-up of the United States Government’s support for the important work of the Court in protecting the Guatemalan constitution, fighting the scourge of corruption and ensuring ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hodge attended the VIII National Congress of Human Rights

Chargé d’Affaires David Hodge participated in the VIII National Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex LGBTI. His participation in the activity highlights the support of the United States Embassy to the principles of freedom and equality, in addition to supporting efforts for each person to reach their greatest potential in a society that ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort ...
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Director of the International Republican Institute (IRI) visits Guatemala

Patricio Gajardo, current director of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Guatemala, held a tour to share with activists, leaders and different organizations representatives of civil society on the contribution that represents for democracy to have the common citizen for decision making in shared challenges; poverty, access and educational quality, social inclusion, government oversight and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the United States.   Read more …
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Bipartisan Commission for Democracy met with the President of the Government of Guatemala

The Bipartisan Commission for Democracy of the United States House of Representatives met with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, to discuss the challenges the country is facing and the support of the United States to contribute to strengthen democratic and government institutions. The Commission works to promote good practices in legislation ...
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Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, participated at a reception with the Bipartisan Commission

Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, participated at a reception that brought together the Bipartisan Commission for Democracy of the United States House of Representatives, with different partners and friends of the United States in the country. The meeting served to exchange ideas and experiences that contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, as well as sharing good practices ...
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Meeting of young entrepreneurs of the North Triangle in El Salvador

The “EmprendeTN” meeting was held in El Salvador, which was an opportunity for young leaders and entrepreneurs from the North Triangle countries to share their experiences and receive more tools to boost their success and become prosperity multipliers in their communities. “Do not expect change, generate it yourself. The youth of “EmprendeTN” are demonstrating that ...
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U.S. Congressional Commission meets with Guatemalan civil society

Representatives from various civil society organizations, including young leaders, held a meeting with the House Democracy Partnership. At the meeting, the commission highlighted the work of civil society organizations to promote transparency and strengthen the fight against corruption and impunity. Civil society organizations are the voice of citizens and representatives of the common good. Citizen ...
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Bipartisan Commission of the U.S. Congress visits Guatemala

Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, welcomed the Bipartisan House Democracy Partnership of the United States Congress, which visits Guatemala during its Latin American tour, to share experiences and promote links of democratic cooperation. This commission works to promote good governance and strengthen democratic institutions seeking to increase accountability, transparency, legislative independence and government oversight for building ...
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Statement by President Trump: Guatemala National Day

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the people of the United States, please accept my congratulations to you and all the citizens of Guatemala as your country celebrates 196 years of independence on September 15th. I look forward to continuing our partnership on security, governance, and prosperity issues.  I also want to thank you for ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Guatemala National Day

September 15, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I offer our congratulations to the people of Guatemala on the celebration of 196 years of independence. As we affirmed at the June 15-16 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, the United States is committed to strengthening democratic institutions, bolstering security, and achieving greater ...
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Ambassador Robinson offers welcome reception to new diplomats

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted a reception to welcome the new U.S. diplomats who will be joining the mission in Guatemala, including Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge, the Director of U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT Hugo Guevara, and Public Affairs Counselor Stephen Posivak, among others. The Ambassador ...
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10 Guatemalan entrepreneurs will participate in the YLAI 2017 initiative

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge met with fellows from the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI . The YLAI program selected 10 Guatemalan social entrepreneurs to travel during the month of October to meet their counterparts in other countries and contact civil organizations from 24 cities in the United States. Through this exchange program, fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas ...
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GIST NET Conference on the support of universities to future entrepreneurs

The video conference of the Global Program of Innovation through the Science and Technology GIST Net of the U.S. Department of State focused on the role that universities play in the empowerment of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. This conference brought together several Guatemalan universities, including Galileo University, Guatemala Valley University, Guatemala’s Da Vinci University and URL, Landívar. ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Station in San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz

The Model Police Station in San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz, was inaugurated with the participation of the Director of Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) Guatemala, Hugo Guevara, the mayor of San Cristóbal, Allan Otoniel García Xona, and the Deputy Director General of Operations of the National Civil Police of Guatemala, Rony Espinoza. The Model Commissaries ...
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Access alumni develop training for English teachers in Sololá

The Language Center of Universidad del Valle de Guatemala initiated an alliance with the Departmental Direction of the Ministry of Education to give courses and workshops of English for academic teachers in Sololá, developed by alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program. For the 144 teachers who are fluent in English, a series of training sessions are taking ...
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Access alumni participate as interpreters during day of therapies in Esquipulas

English Access Microscholarship Program alumni in Esquipulas, now members of the SEAL (Service Learning, English Usage, Alumni Engagement, Leadership) program, participated as English-Spanish interpreters during the medical clinics organized by Quique Ceron Foundation. Students from U.S. universities Drexel University and Arcadia University provided physical therapy to more than 80 people with muscular problems and physical ...
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Basic English Access Recruitment (BEAR) program in Chiquimula

We visited the department of Chiquimula to learn about the progress of the Basic English Access Recruitment (BEAR) program, which is an initiative to serve as a basis for developing social skills, communication and elementary English language preparation for future fellows of the English Access Microscholarship Program. BEAR operates in coordination with the U.S. Department ...
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Inauguration of the course of Tourism Guides for alumni of the program Access

This week, we participated in the inauguration of the course of Tourism Guides for alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program, in collaboration with INGUAT and Intecap. This proposal consists of offering academic training to young alumni through a cooperation agreement between INGUAT and Intecap with which young people will be able to apply for ...
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Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

September 5, 2017 The following are frequently asked questions on the September 5, 2017 Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Q1: Why is DHS phasing out the DACA program? A1: Taking into consideration the federal court rulings in ongoing litigation, and the September 4, 2017 letter from the Attorney General, it ...
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Closing ceremony of the Dream Builder program for Guatemalan women entrepreneurs

The closing of the Dream Builder program was carried out at the Impact Hub in Antigua Guatemala with a fair where products and services were presented by 24 entrepreneurs from different departments of Guatemala. Ana María Vásquez, a former internship with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, Ana María Vásquez, worked for 12 weeks ...
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Association of Access alumi in Cobán are an example of importance of investing in education

We visited the projects of the Association of Young Alumni of the U.S. Department of State (AJEDE) in Cobán, Alta Verapaz. An educational project management workshop was conducted by the association’s committee to empower its members to lead projects planned in 2018, which include BEAR (Basic English for Access Recruitment), the English Access Microscholarship and SEAL (Service Learning, ...
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The Joint Task Force-Bravo received 30 firefighters from Central America and Panama

The Joint Task Force-Bravo received 30 firefighters from Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua at Soto Cano Air Base, from August 21 to 25 for the Central America exercise “Sharing Knowledge and Multiple Operational Experiences” (CENTAM). Central American firefighters had the opportunity to train with their counterparts at 612 Air Squadron, preparing ...
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Inauguration of the Xinca Task Force

The inauguration of the Xinca Task Force was held in Jutiapa. The event was chaired by Minister Francisco Rivas of the Guatemalan Ministry of Governance, Minister Williams Mansilla of Guatemala’s Ministry of Defense, and Arkansas National Guard Commander, Major-General Mark Berry. The activity was also the framework for the graduation of agents who received training ...
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Presentation of USAID’s STEAM Truck Mobile Laboratory Project

A mobile laboratory project called “STEAM Truck”, a truck specialized in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Art and Mathematics) was presented at USAID Guatemala’s facilities. The project proposes a mechanism to increase the interest of students in these disciplines and increase the number of degrees in higher education in those branches, ...
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Former YLAI fellow organizes conference on the inclusion of people with disabilities in hotels and restaurants

As part of the initiatives to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, the “Heart of Service” conference was attended by representatives of Guatemala’s hotel and restaurant sector. The workshop was organized by Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI alumni Paola Alvarado after seeing similar initiatives in the United States. This event addressed different ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert (U.S State Department Spokesperson)

August 27, 2017 President Morales’ Decision to Expel CICIG Commissioner Ivan Velásquez from Guatemala We are deeply concerned by Guatemalan President Morales’ announcement of his decision to bar the United Nation’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) Commissioner Ivan Velásquez from the country. Mr. Velásquez has been an effective leader of CICIG in its ...
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Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the 2017 VisitUSA Summit

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the VisitUSA Summit to promote tourism and travel to the United States. The event was developed through several days that combined business meetings, seminars and workshops that spoke about the novelties that invite to acquire different services or visit particular destinations of that country. The Ambassador had the opportunity to ...
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Last weekend, 150 girls and young women graduated from the “Círculo de Niñas”

Last weekend, 150 girls and young women graduated from the “Círculo de Niñas” program developed by Vital Voices Guatemala in the department of El Quiché, in the villages of Los Angeles, Chacalté and Xix. During one year, the participants received training in topics of entrepreneurship, financial education, nutrition, health, human rights, and violence prevention. The ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission and INL Director met with President of Judicial Branch of Guatemala

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and Hugo Guevara, Director of U.S. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) in Guatemala, met with the President of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Judicial Branch, Nery Medina. This visit ratifies the continued support of the United States for transparent justice, which responds to the good governance and ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community

La Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, distinguished leaders in the business community, and honored guests.  It is my great honor — and a great honor to my wife and I — to be here today at the Buenos ...
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Janine Sparza: The Importance of Sports and Education (Sports Diplomacy)

U.S. coach Janine Szpara visited Quiché as part of the sports camp organized in collaboration with Sports Diplomacy of the U.S. Department of State. Janine shares in the following video, how sports complements education and the importance of providing comprehensive sports training for girls, so that they have greater chances of success and better preparation ...
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We work together with Starfish Association

We work together with Starfish Association, which promotes the potential of young women in rural areas of Guatemala for social change, with the inauguration of an initiative developed so that the girls in Sololá strengthen their skills with English, governance, and citizen action classes, in order to empower them to be able to take advantage ...
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Recent inauguration at the UVG Altiplano, the SEAL Entrepreneurship Program

We recently inaugurated, in collaboration with the Universidad del Valle Guatemala Altiplano, the SEAL Entrepreneurship Program. This initiative will offer support to the alumni of the Access Microscholarship program in Sololá to develop their own business ideas. We work with young people to use English as an entrepreneurship tool and we support them to make ...
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Sports Diplomacy held football clinics in the department of Quiché

With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy, more than 200 young people from the department of Quiché were able to participate in the Sports Clinics with U.S. soccer coaches Janine Szpara and Nick Garcia. Through theoretical and practical sessions, Janine and Nick instilled themes of teamwork, competitiveness, and gender equity, using sports ...
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Physical Education Teachers in El Quiché are given sports workshops by Sports Diplomacy

Through U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy, U.S. soccer coaches Janine Szpara and Nick Garcia conducted a workshop with more than 90 Physical Education teachers from public schools in the Quiché department, introducing them to new teaching methods and reinforcing the practice of the Olympic values, with the support from representatives of the Guatemalan Olympic ...
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Food Export Mission in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted eight representatives of different U.S. companies visiting Guatemala as part of the trade mission organized by the Food Export Association, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the intention of bringing together local entrepreneurs and establishing business relationships, as part of promoting SaborUSA products. The visit also seeks to ...
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Ambassador visits “Conversa 17” forum organized by former YLAI fellow

Ambassador Todd Robinson attended the forum for social design, marketing and social projects entitled “Conversa 17” in La Erre. The event was an initiative to promote social entrepreneurship in Guatemala and was organized by Diego Olivero, who is a former YLAI – Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative of the US Department of State – ...
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Access Camp in Huehuetenango

The Access English Microscholarship Coordinator organized a camp for the students of the department of Huehuetenango, focusing mainly on community service through which they perform volunteering and social service actions, to offer attention to the challenges in their community. The students carry out their service with the Salvation Foundation and the Shelter of Elders Amparo ...
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Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of Luis Arreaga to be the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala

Luis Arreaga presented his testimony to the United States Senate as part of the process to be considered as the future United States Ambassador to Guatemala. Arreaga ratified before the Senate that if confirmed, he will continue the support of the United States to CICIG – International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala – in the ...
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1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the inauguration of the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change: Flying towards Sustainability. In Montreal, during the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in September last year, Guatemala, Spain and the United States signed a trilateral partnership agreement: “Alliance for Sustainable Aviation” (ALAS), which will ...
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Ambassador Robinson participates in presentation of Convention 169

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the presentation of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization. This agreement contributes to Guatemala’s prosperity and governance by fostering dialogue, respect, and mutual understanding between different sectors. Indigenous peoples and the private sector should work together with the Government of Guatemala as a facilitator.
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INL Showcases Anti-Gang Efforts in Central America at United Nations

Across the United States and in many countries, criminal gangs are a growing threat to the safety and prosperity of communities. President Trump has issued an executive order to strengthen efforts across the interagency to combat transnational criminal organizations, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has identified transnational gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (also known as ...
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Graduation of DISETUR Agents supported by Access ex-grantees

Former students of the Access Microscholarship Program have worked for three years to support the professionalization of National Civil Police officers who are part of DISETUR with English classes to strengthen their service to tourism in Guatemala. This year, a group of 120 agents from Sololá, Quetzaltenango, Cobán, Esquipulas and the Capital City graduated from ...
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4th of July Celebration

Ambassador Todd Robinson led the celebration of United States Independence Day. The celebration began with a unique New York-style proposal, in which Ambassador Robinson, Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Ana María Diéguez, approached the stage by simulating A trip in the famous yellow cabs. This year ...
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Cocomama group develops musical workshop in Cobán

Children and young people from different communities in Cobán, including music students from Carchá, had the opportunity to strengthen their artistic skills and deepen their knowledge about Jazz culture through the workshops offered by the gourp Cocomama & Friends, visiting Guatemala through the Office of Public Affairs from the U.S. Embassy. The different workshops also ...
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Access Camp 2017

The English Access Microscholarship Camp 2017 brought together young representatives from Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Guatemala, Cobán, and Esquipulas to continue developing their English language skills through activities in which they get to know more about their country and culture, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socioeconomic development of their country, and gain the ...
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EducationUSA briefing on university studies in the United States

Several young people and parents visited the  EducationUSA offices this week to get information on how to study in the United States. Our educational adviser shared information about the accredited institutions, as well as the financial aid and the lectures offered online to support students, admission processes, visa procedures, and explain the advantages of doing this ...
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Commemoration of Pride Month at the Embassy

In commemoration of Pride Month, Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a celebration to promote equality and promote action against violence and discrimination towards the LGBTI community. The event was attended by human rights defenders in the country and representatives of LGBTI rights organizations, delegates from different institutions of the ...
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Ambassador Robinson reaffirms to the press the results of the Conference for Security and Prosperity of Central America

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a meeting with journalists representing different media outlets to discuss the Security and Prosperity Conference (CentAm2017) in Miami, Florida. As stated by the White House at the close of the first day of the conference, the Ambassador emphasized the continued support of the ...
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Medical Assistance offered in Petén with the support of the U.S. Military Group

The Military Group of the United States Embassy in Guatemala, in collaboration with the Special Jungle Operations Brigade, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the Secretariat of Social Works of the President’s Wife (SOSEP) and the municipality of La Libertad, Petén, offered medical assistance and crucial services to more than 900 Guatemalans living in ...
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Readout of the Vice President Pence’s Meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 The Vice President met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in Miami, Florida at the inaugural Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America. On behalf of President Trump, the Vice President recognized Guatemala for its strong commitment to the Alliance for ...
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White House Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central ...
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Address by Vice President Mike Pence at the Conference on Prosperity and Security

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital. President Trump and I were deeply saddened when we were informed yesterday morning that a ...
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Address by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Conference on Prosperity and Security

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you, Jorge, for that most kind introduction, and also in particular, I want to thank Florida International University for providing their campus and the host site for this conference, which we have been planning for some time and very excited to get it underway. I also want to thank Foreign Secretary ...
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Lynne Walker offers workshops on investigative journalism in Quetzaltenango

The award-winning American journalist Lynne Walker is in Guatemala to share her experiences and transmit modern journalism techniques. She held a workshop at the Rafael Landivar University, Quetzaltenango, where he addressed local journalists, as well as San Marcos and Huehuetenango. Lynne Walker focuses on investigative journalism to strengthen the preparation of these professionals and to contribute ...
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Ambassador meets with indigenous youth from USAID Internship Program

The USAID Guatemala Internship Program seeks to cultivate leadership and increase opportunities for indigenous youth with social commitment, willing to create prosperity for themselves and their communities. The United States responds to the commitment to support to strengthen the formation of leaders in Guatemala with programs like this one, in which we also find the ...
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Ambassador Robinson presents U.S. tribute to Dr. Mejia’s Family

Ambassador Todd Robinson visited the Clinic of Infectious Diseases at Hospital Roosevelt as part of the United States’ recognition of the valuable legacy of Dr. Carlos Mejía Villatoro. He took the opportunity to thank the cooperation Dr. Mejia offered to the United States Government agencies of CDC and USAID Guatemala, and their implementing partners in the ...
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Ambassador Robinson meets with Global Shapers from Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson met with members of Global Shapers Guatemala City, an initiative of the World Economic Forum based in different cities around the world, which seeks to promote positive changes of high impact in Guatemala and inspire transformation, with the active participation of young leaders. Global Shapers are young enthusiasts who work in different ...
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The Dreambuilders program offers training for women entrepreneurs

The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the YLAI alumni network and BPeace initiated the Dreambuilders program to provide training to 30 women entrepreneurs to provide them with tools to create greater opportunities for them and their communities to thrive. The program consists of a 13-week course in which they will learn fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the presentation of Magazine about Kaminaljuyu

Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in the presentation of theGallery Guatemala Magazine by G&T Foundation, which pays tribute to the National Park Kaminaljuyú and its great contributions towards the enrichment of the ancestral memory of the Mayan culture in Guatemala. We congratulate Dr. Bárbara Arroyo for her continued achievements towards the protection and conservation of the ...
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Guatemalan National Civil Police officers graduate from S.W.A.T.

20 agents of the National Civil Police of Guatemala and 10 agents of the National Police of Honduras graduated from the course on Special Weapons And Tactics S.W.A.T. Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antinarcotics Affairs, Luis Arreaga, participated in the graduation ceremony with the President of ...
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Embassy supports “Rights Now!” training for people with disabilities

As part of our commitment to support initiatives that foster social inclusion and promote respect for the rights of all, the U.S. Embassy participated in the Rights Now! training project. This initiative was carried out together with Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala, an NGO that defends and promotes the rights of people with disabilities. “Rights ...
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Inauguration of Welcome Hall for Returned Migrant Children

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated alongside the First Lady of Guatemala, Patricia de Morales, and the Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Jorge Peraza, at the inauguration of the Welcome Hall at La Aurora International Airport, to receive Returned Migrant Children and their families. Ambassador Robinson congratulated the First Lady on her leadership in ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Precint in San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán

INL/WHP Office Director Rich Glenn participated with the Governor of El Progreso, Gustavo Sosa, and the Mayor of the Municipality of San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán, Jeaneth Ordóñez, among other representatives of the Government of Guatemala and the PNC of Guatemala, at the inauguration of the Model Police Precint in San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán. TheModel Police Precint responds to ...
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“Sabor USA” promotes U.S. food products

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the “Sabor USA” exhibition that brought together a number of leading United States food products as part of an agricultural and commercial promotion in the country. Both U.S. officials led the delegation that toured the different stands, which featured recipes prepared by renowned Guatemalan ...
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Visit to El Mirador

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, visited several archaeological sites in El Petén, including El Mirador, as part of their interest in highlighting the importance of protecting Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage is an evocation of history that transmits wisdom, identity, pride and great value to humanity, so we all have a responsibility ...
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Access Alumni offer Ambassador a tour of the island of Flores, Petén

Ambassador Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, met with alumni from the Access Microscholarship program and members of the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Association AJEDE for a tour of the island of Flores, Petén. The youth accompanied both U.S. officials to visit several of the area’s most prominent sites. With great interest and special ...
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Visit to Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, made a visit to the Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS in Petén to reiterate U.S. support for security efforts in the northern region of the country. The U.S. Department of Defense Provides equipment and training for the creation of the Balám Joint Task Force and ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Precint in La Libertad, Petén

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the inauguration of the Model Police Precint in the Municipality of La Libertad, El Petén. This initiative is supported by the United States Government through the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT to contribute to Citizen Security ...
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Ambassador Robinson participates in swearing-in ceremony of Peace Corps. volunteers

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the swearing-in ceremony of 18 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala, who will work to support maternal and child health issues in different communities throughout the country. The new group joined the ranks of more than 5,000 volunteers who have served in this country since 1963, who will certainly perform ...
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INL supports the forensic computer laboratory at INACIF

The Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT, Theresa Meyer, participated in a donation ceremony of hardware and software to support the forensic and computer laboratory at the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala (INACIF). The equipment will be used to extract information from electronic media ...
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Webchat: “Rights of People with Disabilities: Extending Opportunities”

The Public Affairs Section, with the support of Conadi Guatemala, invited representatives of institutions of the Government of Guatemala and the international community to participate in the webchat titled “Rights of People with Disabilities: Extending Opportunities” organized by Share America. The discussion focused on the importance of laws and education to promote the rights of ...
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U.S. Lamb Meat Market Resumes in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the reception offered by USDA Guatemala and USMEF to officially resume the U.S. Lamb Meat Market in Guatemala. Agricultural Counselor Todd Drennan welcomed guests to the event by highlighting USDA’s ongoing efforts to maintain constant communication with the Government of Guatemala to foster trade relations between both countries. Guatemala strengthens ...
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GLOBE Program trains Guatemalan teachers of public schools

Representatives of the GLOBE Program from Argentina and Costa Rica visited Guatemala to train more than 20 public school teachers from all departments of the country. Teachers acquired tools to replicate the training in their communities and how to run the program. GLOBE is an initiative that provides techniques to apply the scientific method to environmental issues. ...
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INL signs Memorandum of Understanding with Guatemalan Mayors

The Director of the U.S. Embassy’s Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL), Virginia Staab, participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with mayors of 19 municipalities in Guatemala for the implementation of the Model Police Stations program, as a respond to the commitment of the U.S. Government to help strengthen citizen security in the region.
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Teaching Training Session (TTS) held in Guatemala

The second edition of the annual English Teachers Training Session (TTS) was held in the eastern part of Guatemala. More than 250 teachers gathered at CUNORI Centro Universitario de Oriente – Chiquimula to participate in a workshop, focused on strengthening the methodology of teaching the language and the psychology of the learning process. This training ...
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Access Alumni commemorate Women’s History Month through reading

As part of our activities in commemoration of Women’s History Month, we encourage you to read the book “Half The Sky” with young ex-students from the English Access Program in Quetzaltenango, Cobán, and Esquipulas. Beyond strengthening their reading skills in English, the young people analyzed the work that exposes actual and current stories of mistreatment ...
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Film-forum to promote the importance of Gender Equality

As part of the commemoration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Public Affairs of the United States Embassy in Guatemala held a series of film-forums for the movie “Suffragettes” in Huehuetenango, Santa Cruz del Quiché, Chichicastenango , Sololá, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala City, Cobán, Chiquimula, and Esquipulas. More than 500 young people, women and men of ...
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Binational security agencies participate in U.S. Embassy event

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in a meeting organized by the U.S. Embassy Guatemala to recognize the joint work of the United States federal investigative and security agencies with the Guatemalan security and justice institutions. The meeting highlighted the commitment of the United States to support the efforts of the Government of Guatemala to strengthen citizen security. ...
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Guatemalan representatives visit the LAPD to learn about gang-prevention

Guatemala’s Minister of the Interior, Francisco Rivas, and the Guatemalan Police Director, Nery Ramos, led a Guatemalan delegation that traveled the United States for the purpose of conducting a visit to the Los Angeles Police Department and learn about the strategies they use to address the issue of gangs. The delegation also had the opportunity ...
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