Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson  Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all ...
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The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, December 5

REF# 2018-57 December 4, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in remembrance of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  Visa appointments for this day have been rescheduled.  For additional instructions about rescheduling a visa appointment, please check your email or contact the consular services helpline ...
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Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 9, 2018 By The President Of The United States Of America A PROCLAMATION The United States expects the arrival at the border between the United States and Mexico (southern border) of a substantial number of aliens primarily from Central America who appear to have no lawful ...
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President Donald J. Trump is upholding the rule of law and ensuring consequences for those who illegally cross our border

“Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry” – President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump will take action to ensure asylum is not ...
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Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs November 8, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker released the following statement on the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asylum regulation: “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Migrant Caravan

October 21, 2018 The United States is closely following the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. As ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the caravan of migrants and their meeting with the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Mexico City International Airport, Mexico October 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: I just wanted to give you a little bit of a readout on my meeting with President Pena Nieto. It was a good conversation. We are jointly very focused on the caravanthat is making its way through. The Mexican Government ...
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United States Continues To Assist Venezuelans in Need

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence announced today at the 73rd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, more than $48 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans affected by the man-made crisis in Venezuela. This funding will help provide ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Today, the United States imposed sanctions on four current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela: First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, ...
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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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National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 13, 2018 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Guatemala President Jimmy Morales

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales today. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ support for Guatemalan sovereignty. They discussed the importance of continuing our cooperation in the fight against corruption and impunity and the ...
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The United States Closely Monitors Use of Equipment Donated for Law Enforcement Purposes

REF# 2018-45 Since 2013 the United States Government has donated 148 Jeep J8 vehicles to the Government of Guatemala. These vehicles were donated for law enforcement use by the Interagency Task Forces Tecun Uman, Chorti, and Xinca for the purpose of combatting criminal activity and narcotics trafficking, with a focus on Guatemala’s borders. Several of ...
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The United States is Committed to Fighting Corruption and Impunity

REF# 2018-44 The United States is aware of the Guatemalan Government’s decision not to renew the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala’s (CICIG) mandate to operate in Guatemala.  As many senior U.S. officials have stated, we believe that CICIG is an effective and important partner in fighting impunity, improving governance, and holding the corrupt accountable ...
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The United States Embassy condemns the murder of Juana Raimundo

REF# 2018-41 In response to the murder of human rights activist and indigenous leader Juana Raimundo, the Embassy of the United States of America reiterates its strong condemnation of the series of violent attacks and killings targeting human rights defenders. We renew our call to Guatemalan authorities for a timely and thorough investigation into these ...
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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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Release of Political Prisoners

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared “prisoners of conscience,” are just two examples of how the Cuban government continues to ...
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United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s regional response ...
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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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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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Western Hemisphere: Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership. It is a pleasure to be here at the OAS for the first time ...
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Statement By Secretary Pompeo: LGBTI Pride Month

Statement By Secretary Pompeo Office of the Spokesperson The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Secretary John F. Kelly Announces New Aviation Security Enhancements

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will announce enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States. These measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports. These measures will affect both foreign and domestic ...
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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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Roxana Baldetti and Mauricio López Bonilla indicted in US Court

On February 22, 2017, Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías and Héctor Mauricio López Bonilla were separately indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, each on the criminal charge of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, intending and knowing that the cocaine will be unlawfully imported into the United ...
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Call to Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program to support entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Program signifies important step in White House’s commitment to an entrepreneurship network in the Americas Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. ...
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