Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent ...
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Travel Advisory for Guatemala

REF#2018-40 July 27, 2018 The State Department released an update on July 27 to its Travel Advisory for Guatemala originally published on January 10, 2018.  The updated Advisory lowered the Advisory level for Guatemala from a Level 3 to a Level 2, Exercise Increased Caution due to crime.  The State Department also recommends U.S. citizens ...
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The United States Embassy condemns violence against human rights defenders

REF# 2018-34 June 13, 2018 In response to the recent killings of human rights defenders in Guatemala, the Embassy of the United States of America strongly condemns this wave of violence, particularly attacks targeting campesino leaders. We reaffirm the valuable work of human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of the struggle for a ...
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Donation of water filters by USAID / OFDA

The US Government through USAID Guatemala and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance delivered 300 water filters as part of the humanitarian assistance for families sheltered by the emergency of the Volcán de Fuego. The United States works with the Government of Guatemala and Conred on humanitarian aid actions for families affected by the ...
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Donation of water filters by the US Army

The US Army in coordination with the Government of Guatemala made a donation of humanitarian aid consisting of 190 water filters within the Municipality of San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez; an area that is currently being used as a displaced persons camp for the victims of the recent eruption of the Volcán de Fuego. Helping to ...
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U.S. Government Providing Humanitarian Assistance for El Fuego Disaster Response

REF# 2018-32 June 6, 2018 The United States is supporting the Government of Guatemala’s response to the devastation caused by the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano by providing an initial $300,000 in immediate humanitarian assistance. With this support, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is working ...
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Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala

U.S. Department of State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert  The United States will assist the families affected by Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who perished as a result of this terrible natural disaster. Our Embassy in Guatemala is in touch with Guatemalan authorities and stands ready to support their ...
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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 President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 Today, I have taken action to prevent the Maduro regime from conducting “fire sales,” liquidating Venezuela’s critical assets—assets the country will need to rebuild its economy. This money belongs to the Venezuelan people. I have signed an Executive Order to prevent the Maduro regime ...
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Prohibiting certain additional Transactions with respect to Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 ...
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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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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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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in a Meeting of the Lima Group

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT May 14, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo participated via videoconference today in the Lima Group foreign and finance ministers meeting, which was hosted by Mexico and included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, ...
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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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Remarks by Vice Presidente Pence, during a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

Organization of American States Washington, D.C. May 7, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Ambassador Gonzalez, Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, permanent representatives, distinguished members of Congress, ambassadors, all of our honored guests, it is my great honor to be here in the House of the Americas to address this session of the Organization of American States.  ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 3, 2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy.  The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance.  By fostering a free press, citizens are ...
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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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Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan On the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

April 20, 2018 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a ...
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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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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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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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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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Ambassador Arreaga visits USAID projects in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Director John Beed of USAID Guatemala visited an area of ​​forest concessions in Uaxactún to learn how this conservation model has impacted the protection of natural and cultural resources, as well as the prosperity and security of their communities. Forest concessions are successful models for the conservation of biodiversity through the ...
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Inauguration of the Integral Care Model with support from USAID

In the framework of the commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with the Attorney General Thelma Aldana at the inauguration of the new Integral Attention Model (MAI) of the Public Ministry, which will ensure that Guatemalan women and children have unlimited access to better justice services, with full respect for their rights ...
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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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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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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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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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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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On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, thank you so much.  And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today.  And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the Robert Strauss ...
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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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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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Venezuela’s Undemocratic Electoral Process

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson U.S. State Department December 11, 2017 The United States condemns President Maduro’s threat to ban opposition parties from participating in next year’s presidential elections. The Venezuelan people deserve the right to express their views and consent to governance through a free and fair democratic process that is open to all ...
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International Human Rights Day

Secretary Rex Tillerson U.S. Department of State Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and ...
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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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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  U.S. Department of State In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free ...
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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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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Press Statement On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence. Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and ...
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Entrepreneurs and Investors Selected for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

U.S. State Department Office of the Spokesperson The United States and India are proud to announce the selection of the 1,500 individuals who will participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the ...
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U.S. Department of State Supports Energy Diversification in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State announced $4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The announcement was made at the U.S. and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable November 15 in Miami. This funding, programmed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, USAID, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will advance the ...
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Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials

U.S. Department of Treasury Public Affairs Office Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated ten current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  These individuals are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela.  This designation ...
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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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Anti-Democratic Actions by Maduro Regime in Venezuela

U.S. State Department Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela. By attempting to strip the democratically elected National Assembly’s Vice President and opposition leader Freddy Guevara of his parliamentary immunity and barring him from leaving the country, the regime is pursuing yet ...
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Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua And Honduras

Department of Homeland Security Office of the Press Secretary WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019. She also ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

The Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA) has announced roadblocks and demonstrations nationwide for November 7th and 8th.  The following locations were shared through the media by event organizers. No. Km. Road Location 1 265 CA-1 Xinajoj, Huehuetenango 2 179 CA-1 Cuatro caminos, Totonicapan 3 156 CA-1 Nahualá, Sololá 4 117 CA-1 Las Trampas, Quiché 5 ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month

National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation’s proudest qualities: our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. This month, we emphasize the importance of creating and maintaining an economic and regulatory environment ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Heather Nauert U.S. State Department Spokesperson November 2, 2017 Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies. They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, and counter disinformation and propaganda that spread false ...
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Statement from the President on the Terrorist Attack in New York City

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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