Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States

November 9, 2018 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 basis for admission into our country. They are traveling in large, organized groups through Mexico and reportedly intend to ...
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Invitation to EmprendeSV: A Free Conference for El Salvador’s Entrepreneurs

The EmprendeSV conference is a learning opportunity for all young entrepreneurs in El Salvador who are part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) network.  The objective of EmprendeSV is to promote innovation and support entrepreneurship to promote the economic development of El Salvador. This is an initiative of the United States government ...
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Youth computer programmers innovate at “Cihuahack”

One hundred eighty eight youth computer programmers met on October 27 and 28, to participate in the programming competence “Cihuahack”, in which 47 groups developed prototypes of virtual and augmented reality apps for the archeological site Cihuatán, with the intention of the touristic site and its neighboring areas. Congratulations to the winners: Gerardo, Mauricio, René, ...
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“Yo Cambio” program gives prison inmates a second chance

On October 25, U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes visited La Esperanza Correctional Center to see the “Yo Cambio” program in action. Through vocational training and entrepreneurship, the Yo Cambio program gives inmates the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and become productive, law-abiding members of society. Accompanied by Colombian Ambassador Fulvia Benavides, Ambassador Manes visited a woodworking shop, ...
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Excerpt from the Remarks to Press by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC October 23, 2018   “… The migrant caravan is violating Mexico’s sovereignty, laws, and immigration procedures. President Trump will not stand for this to happen to the United States. To those who say this is a hardhearted stance, let’s not forget that the United ...
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Overseas Private Investment Corporation signs $154 million agreement in El Salvador

President Ray Washburne of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) signed last Monday an agreement totaling $154 million with Grupo Q Holdings and Citi El Salvador to facilitate development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the country. President Juan Federico Salaverría signed for Grupo Q Holdings, and CEO Ana Cristina López signed for Citi ...
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The United States supports strengthening of justice system in Sonsonate

U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes visited Sonsonate on August 31 to see first-hand the results of U.S. assistance in the area directed toward strengthening the justice system. The first project that she visited was the re-inauguration of the Model Office of the Attorney General’s Office in Sonsonate.  Attorney General Douglas Meléndez attended the ceremony. The construction ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo- Migrant Caravan

October 21, 2018 Migrant Caravan 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 ...
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Interview of Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Sabrina Bacal of TVN

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  INTERVIEW October 18, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Sabrina Bacal of TVN October 18, 2018 U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama QUESTION:  (In Spanish) Welcome to this interview. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you. QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, what is the purpose of this sudden ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence At Conference On Prosperity And Security In Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 11, 2018 REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AT CONFERENCE ON PROSPERITY AND SECURITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 10:05 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary, thank you for your hospitality this morning and for the outstanding leadership that ...
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Remarks at the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

Remarks at the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America   Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, President Jimmy Morales Cabrera of Guatemala, Vice President Oscar Ortiz of El Salvador and Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso of Mexico Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC October 11, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, ...
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United States and Mexico to co-host Second Prosperity and Security Conference in Central America

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release NOTICE TO THE PRESS October 10, 2018 United States and Mexico to co-host Second Prosperity and Security Conference in Central America Vice President Michael R. Pence, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen, along with Mexican Foreign ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Location: El Salvador; heavy rains country-wide. Event: Heavy rains continue in El Salvador country-wide, please be prepared for possible flooding, landslides, power outages, and difficult travel conditions. Expect rainfall to continue through Monday evening. Actions to Take: The U.S. Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens to confirm any reports or rumors through the local authorities. Please ...
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Remarks delivered by President Mike Pence on the administration’s policy towards China at Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018

Remarks delivered by President Mike Pence on the administration’s policy towards China at Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018 Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to Dr. Michael Pillsbury, to our distinguished guests, and to all of you who, true to your mission, “think about the ...
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President Trump Announces his Intention to Nominate the Next United States Ambassador to El Salvador

President Trump Announces his intention to appoint the next United States Ambassador to El Salvador October 2, 2018 As part of the standard three-year period of service and Senate confirmation cycles for career Ambassadors, the White House has announced President Trump’s intent to nominate Ronald Douglas Johnson as the next U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts 

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 2, 2018 President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts  President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:  Ronald Douglas Johnson of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of ...
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Conclusion of consultations by Ambassador Manes and the Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic and Panama

September 20, 2018 Conclusion of consultations by Ambassador Manes and the Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic and Panama   Ambassador Jean Manes and the Chiefs of Mission in the Dominican Republic and Panama concluded productive consultations at the Department of State, as well as with policy leaders from the White House, the Department ...
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El Salvador’s Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO El Salvador’s Independence Day September 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend congratulations to the people of El Salvador on the occasion of your 197th anniversary of independence September 15.  The people of the United ...
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Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert

Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert September 10, 2018 Washington, DC In the Department of State Press Briefing, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed that the chiefs of mission for the U.S. Embassies in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama, were called to Washington, D.C. for consultations relating to recent decisions ...
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Training provided by the US Patent and Trademark Office

Inventors, industrial designers, and creative artists in the Northern Triangle and throughout the world are creating new inventions that help grow the local economy. Counterfeit goods not only take away income from those who labored to create it, they also often do not meet quality standards, and can be harmful to consumers. The United States, ...
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U.S. Chiefs of Mission to El Salvador, The Dominican Republic and Panama Called Back for Consultations

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 7, 2018 U.S. Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama Called Back for Consultations The Department of State has called back the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to El ...
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More than 200 young encoders participate in “Cihuahack” launch

As part of U.S. Government support to Salvadorans, more than 200 young coders met in San Salvador to participate in the “Cihuahack” launch, a series of virtual reality activities to develop their skills. U.S. augmented reality and app developer Megan Slater and Cihuatán Chief Archaeologist Paul Amaroli participated in the event, joined by U.S. Ambassador ...
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White House Statement On El Salvador

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2018  Statement from the Press Secretary on El Salvador On Tuesday, the Government of El Salvador announced it would discontinue its decades-long diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing.  The leaders of El Salvador’s governing party have ...
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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Hotline for Questions regarding Family Reunifications

FAMILY REUNIFICATION HOTLINE (overseas): +001 646-478-1560 Toll Free Number Calling from the United States: 888-582-2853 Family members, legal representatives and others with questions about family reunification may call this hotline established by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Steering Committee, related to a lawsuit in the United States regarding the reunification of immigrant families ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean E. Manes at the “Combating Corruption and Money Laundering” Conference

* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. We are gathered here this morning together with a distinguished group of decision makers from different sectors, including the banking sector. A sector that is vital in order to improve the economic prospects of the country. I hope you ...
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Young people from the English Access Program speak with Ambassador Manes

To celebrate International Youth Day, the main theme of which is “safe spaces for youth,” 450 young people, between 15 and 17 years old, had the opportunity to participate in a conversation with U.S. Ambassador, Jean Elizabeth Manes. All of the young participants are beneficiaries of the US Embassy sponsored program “English Access.” The young ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 30, 2018  Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua 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 ...
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REMARKS AMB Manes – Hanes Dye Plant Opening

Inauguración de la Nueva Operación de Teñido Textil de Hanes Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Discurso de la Embajadora Jean E. Manes en la inauguración de la nueva operación de teñido textil * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. It is a great pleasure to accompany you ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras July 23-27 to meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues, including the importance of deterring and reducing illegal immigration. While in the region, the Assistant ...
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OAS Condemns Violence in Nicaragua and Calls on Government to Agree to Electoral Calendar

July 18, 2018 The Organization of American States (OAS) today condemned the acts of violence in Nicaragua, called on all parts to participate “actively and in good faith” in the National Dialogue and urged the Government “to support an electoral calendar,” in a resolution approved by the Permanent Council with 21 votes in favor. The ...
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Alert – The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for El Salvador

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for El Salvador: El Salvador – Level 3: Reconsider travel Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread. Local police ...
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Trump Administration Completes Reunification for Eligible Children Under Age 5

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2018 Trump Administration Completes Reunification for Eligible Children Under Age 5 HHS Secretary Alex Azar, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the following joint statement regarding reunification efforts for children under age 5: “Dedicated teams at the ...
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U.S. Embassy San Salvador Highlights U.S.-El Salvador Friendship Day

The 2nd annual celebration of U.S.-El Salvador Friendship Day (June 15) marked 155 years of bilateral relations between our countries. To commemorate this day, the U.S. Embassy hosted several activities around El Salvador which symbolize our close friendship. The celebration included the graduation of nearly two thousand students from the Embassy’s sponsored Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT) from ...
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Hurricane Season Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean E. Manes at the first installment of resettlement housing for families along MCC’s road construction project

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Tuesday May 30, 11:00 AM, El Rosario, La Paz * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. The focus of US Embassy efforts are Salvadoran citizens; on the families that make up this country. While progress always brings with it an impact, this ...
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Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 26, 2018 Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela 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 other ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary   Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela 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 ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections

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 by as Venezuela ...
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Statement By Secretary Pompeo: An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 21, 2018 An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela  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 in Venezuela through ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travel to Argentina and Brazil

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travel to Argentina and Brazil Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina from May 20-21 to lead the U.S. delegation to the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers an opportunity for foreign ministers to exchange views and collaborate on global economic, political, ...
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Ambassador Manes and President Sanchez Ceren inaugurate an emergency response headquarters in Nejapa

The Embassy of the United States officially handed over the keys to a new administrative and training building for the Civil Protection Directorate, located in Nejapa under the appreciative eye of El Salvador President Sanchez Ceren. The construction began in August 2016 and finished in April of this year. The new facility represents a $1.7 ...
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The Howard G. Buffett Foundation Donates 322 Police Vehicles to Increase Law Enforcement Capacity and Improve Public Safety

The final allotment of a 322 vehicle donation made possible by a grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation was delivered to the National Civil Police (PNC) today. The donation of these new vehicles, valued at $8.2 million, was facilitated by the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador through the Bureau of International ...
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Ambassador Manes participates in Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC)

The Ambassador of the United States, Jean Manes, participated in the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC), which took place on May 9th and 10th in San Salvador. The Leaders of defense and public security analyzed how to strengthen regional networks to combat the threats faced by the countries of the region. The Commander of U.S. ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray – Joint Statements To the Press

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Joint Statements To the Press May 7, 2018 Benjamin Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. Today it is my pleasure and a great honor to welcome the Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray to the State Department. Welcome. We had a great discussion ...
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Ambassador Manes participates in the inauguration of Regional Meeting on the Reintegration of Migrant People

The Government of the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated the Regional Meeting on the Reintegration of Migrant People, which seeks to provide a technical space for the exchange of experiences on programs and projects related to return migration and the reincorporation of mobile populations. The Ambassador of the ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence During a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

Organization of American States Washington, D.C. 2:05 P.M. EDT 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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Equipment and construction materials for “Beyond the Horizon 2018” arrive at the port in Acajutla

The “Beyond the Horizon” humanitarian exercise will offer medical services and carry out engineering projects. On April 14, 2018, the USNS Brittin arrived at the port of Acajutla to kick off the joint U.S.-El Salvador humanitarian exercise known as “Beyond the Horizon 2018” with the arrival of the equipment and construction materials that will support ...
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Wastewater Treatment Plant Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Ambassador Jean E. Manes at the Wastewater Treatment Plant signing ceremony Thursday April 12, 10:00 AM, Alcaldía Municipal de Nejapa * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. It is a great joy for me  to be here and see a number of projects receiving ...
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Ambassador Manes visits several cooperation efforts in Nejapa

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes led a U.S. Embassy delegation to Nejapa to see firsthand the contributions of U.S. support in the municipality. This support comes from different United States government agencies, such as the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcements (INL), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and ...
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2018 CAMTEX General Assembly Award

Remarks of Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday April 11, 7:00 PM; ASI Building * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. Tonight is about you. I am here to highlight your achievements. Achievements that in the last two years I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand. ...
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Software Development Center

First Software Development Center is inaugurated and offers the opportunity to train about a thousand young people On March 11, 2018, the United States Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Gloria de Kriete Foundation inaugurated the first Software Development Center to benefit close to thousand young people with job ...
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Statement From Vice President Mike Pence’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Jarrod Agen

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release April 10, 2018 Statement From Vice President Mike Pence’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Jarrod Agen The Vice President is honored to represent the United States at the 8th Summit of the Americas at President Trump’s request. He looks forward to promoting ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan Travel to Lima, Peru to Participate in the Summit of the Americas

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson April 10, 2018 Acting Secretary Sullivan Travel to Lima, Peru to Participate in the Summit of the Americas Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Lima, Peru from April 11-14 to accompany Vice President Mike Pence ...
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Training for Parliamentarian Women Opening

Tuesday April 10, 8:00 AM, FEPADE Message from Ambassador Jean Manes to the Association of Parliamentarian and Ex-parliamentarian Women   * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. It is a great honor to be here this morning and to address a group of women who are ...
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Ambassador Manes visits El Zonte

Last Friday, March 23, Ambassador Manes led a U.S. Embassy delegation to visit U.S. government-supported projects in El Zonte, La Libertad. The delegation began with a tour of Puro Surf Academy and Hotel, a project that is being developed with private sector investment and will help to advance tourism in the area. The hotel is ...
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Ambassador motivates young women to find their passion

On March 22, 2018, Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes, addressed over 30 students from four educational centers from Lourdes, Colón, alongside 40 women in the law enforcement profession from nine different countries who participated in the Women in Law Enforcement course at the International Academy for Law Enforcement (ILEA San Salvador). ILEA hosted the meeting with ...
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U.S. Passport Execution Fee will increase to $35

Effective April 2,2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  The $10 fee increase does not ...
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US Congressmen reaffirm the important role of Attorney’s General in Northern Triangle

March 14, 2018 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC — Today, a bipartisan group of 14 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, underscoring the importance of the upcoming selection processes for new Attorneys General in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The letter comes as Guatemala formally begins the process ...
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Remarks by Martha Sweet-Keays on the Start of expansion works on the coastal highway

Start of expansion works on the coastal highway with the construction of housing for resettled families Words of Martha Sweet-Keays Country Resident Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) March 12, 2018 La Paz Good morning to all. It is a great honor to be here with you today, following along this path of implementating the ...
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Forum “One Step to Equality”

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes March 9, 9:00 AM, Barceló Hotel * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. Throughout my career, I have had the most humbling pleasure of meeting women from all around the world. If there is one thing that I have learned, it is ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 Annual Observance of International Women’s Day 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 ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (February 25, 2018)

Location: El Salvador, countrywide Event: Sunday, March 4, 2018, is Election Day in El Salvador and citizens of every department and municipality will be casting ballots for their choice of elected officials. The U.S. Embassy anticipates large groups of people will gather at the various polling stations and that travel will be seriously impacted by ...
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The U.S. Embassy does not certify or validate Immigration Consultants in El Salvador

Due to recent news reports in which “asesorias” (visa consultants) have been portrayed as having the certification and/or validation of the U.S. Embassy, we want to clarify that the U.S. Embassy does not make any assessments with respect to the expertise or usefulness of any asesorias in El Salvador nor does the Embassy have any ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the “Anti-Fraud” Conference

“Anti-Fraud” Conference Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes February 8, 8:30 AM,   * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.   I want to start with a phrase that many Salvadorans send me on Twitter. They say, “somos más los buenos [there are more good ones].” And in ...
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U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 1, 2018 Remarks   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere   February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas **UNEDITED/DRAFT**   SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, thank you so much.  And thank ...
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El Salvador, Guatemala and the U.S. inaugurate new installations at La Hachadura and Pedro de Alvarado borders

On January 31, the governments of the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Guatemala and the United States inaugurated infrastructural improvements at the La Hachadura and Pedro de Alvarado border between El Salvador and Guatemala respectively. The improvements aim to facilitate trade and enhance customs control, security and service to users and migrants. The ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Inauguration of USG-supported renovations at La Hachadura Border

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday January 31, 10:00 AM, La Hachadura Border * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.   It is a great honor to be here this morning, standing with the Government of El Salvador and the Government of Guatemala in this important step ...
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PNC and INL Inaugurate Internal Affairs Unit

The National Civilian Police (PNC), with financing from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), inaugurated a new Internal Affairs Unit at a commemoration ceremony at the headquarters of the PNC in San Salvador. The Internal Affairs Unit will implement elements of the anti-corruption strategy for the police force. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes in the PNC Internal Affairs Office Opening event

* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.   I would like to begin by expressing my most sincere respect towards the Salvadoran people, their culture, their history, and their character. In the year and a half that I have been living and working in El Salvador, ...
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Required Application Forms and Application Fees To Re-Register for TPS

To re-register for TPS based on the designation of El Salvador, you must submit an Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821). You do not need to pay the filing fee for the Form I-821. See  8 CFR 244.17 . You may be required to pay the biometric services fee. Please see additional information under the “Biometric Services Fee” section of ...
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13th Police Athletic League inaugurated in Cabañas

On January 19, the U.S. Embassy San Salvador, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) together with the Patria Unida Foundation, inaugurated the thirteenth Police Athletic League (PAL) program of the National Civilian Police (PNC) at the Municipal Stadium of Ilobasco, Cabañas.   The PAL offers an array of recreational, educational, cultural, ...
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Termination of the Designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status

To re-register for TPS based on the designation of El Salvador, you must submit an Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821). You do not need to pay the filing fee for the Form I-821. See  8 CFR 244.17 . You may be required to pay the biometric services fee. Please see additional information under the “Biometric Services Fee” section of ...
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DHS announces re-registration start for the TPS grace period for El Salvador

Today, January 18, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register to begin the process of re-registration for  Salvadorans who are covered by Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The re-enrollment period lasts 60 days and ends on March 19, 2018. Re-registration is necessary for beneficiaries of TPS to maintain their ...
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Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Press Release SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY KIRSTJEN M. NIELSEN ANNOUNCEMENT ON TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR EL SALVADOR Nielsen Carefully Considered Conditions on the Ground WASHINGTON— Today, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced her determination that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador was required pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To ...
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Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC 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 rights ...
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U.S. Embassy donates medical equipment to the General Directorate of Penal Centers (DGCP)

On December 21, the U.S. Embassy, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and its Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), gave a donation valued at $372,337.50 to the General Directorate of Penal Centers (DGCP). The equipment donated by INL consists of 5 GeneXpert machines, two mobile and three fix units ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Graduación English Access Santa Ana

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Thursday December 14, 10:30 AM, UNICAES * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.   Graduations are wonderful moments that allow us to celebrate achievements with family, friends, colleagues and teachers. It is a moment where you can look back, see the path ...
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150 young people from Santa Ana and Ilobasco graduate from English Access Program

On December 14, the U.S. Embassy San Salvador and the Catholic University of El Salvador (UNICAES) graduated their fourth class of 150 young people from the Santa Ana and Ilobasco of the English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program. The program has trained 400 Salvadoran young people in English and computer studies through a two-year program. U.S. ...
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U.S. supports medical operations in Santa Teresa Hospital in Zacatecoluca

A U.S. medical team joined a staff of 20 health professionals from El Salvador, which included doctors, surgeons and anesthetists offer during three days of free medical assistance in the Santa Teresa Hospital in Zacatecoluca, La Paz. The U.S. personnel came from the Joint Task Force-Bravo at the Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras and are ...
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Tin Marín will save thousands of dollars in energy thanks to USAID

The U.S. Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Central America Regional Clean Energy Initiative, inaugurated a photovoltaic (solar energy) system in El Salvador’s “Tin Marín” children’s museum. The $91,800 investment is expected to generate $10,000 per year in  energy savings.  The 207 solar panels are each 60 kilo watts of power and are installed on the roof of the museum. They ...
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Remarks of the Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes at the FOMILENIO II Annual Report’s event

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday December 6, 10:00 AM, MARTE   I want to thank everyone here, for your commitment to the country. Not just the people who are working for FOMILENIO, but also all of you who are here today to hold us accountable, because it’s mechanisms such as this public presentation of the ...
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Tin Marín will save thousands of dollars in energy thanks to USAID

The U.S. Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  Central America Regional Clean Energy Initiative, inaugurated a photovoltaic (solar energy) system in El Salvador’s “Tin Marín” children’s museum. The $91,800 investment is expected to generate $10,000 per year in  energy savings. The 207  solar panels are each 60 kilo watts of power ...
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USDA supports the porcine industry in El Salvador

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support the pork industry in the country through the financing of $2,053,887 for a new pork processing facility in San Juan Opico, La Libertad. USDA will provide financing through its project “La Libertad Pork Processing Facility Equipment for Improved Safety and Quality Management.” The pork processing facility ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Manes at the Platforms of Dialogue on Transparency and Anti-Extortion Launch Event

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday November 29, 9:30 PM, Crowne Plaza This morning El Salvador is taking an important step, in its battle against corruption. Corruption is a worldwide phenomenon that is found in all countries, and evidence shows that it harms the poor more, slows economic growth and diverts funds from public services that ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes in the National Civil Police Thanksgiving Lunch

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday November 22, 12:00PM, Mesón de Goya Good afternoon to all. First of all, I would like to welcome everyone to this Thanksgiving lunch. We have members of the National Police of Lourdes Colón, Sonsonate, Soyapango, San Miguel, Usulután, Santa Ana, Zacatecoluca, La Paz, and San Salvador. Thanksgiving is a celebration ...
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United States and El Salvador celebrate Thanksgiving

The U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes, carried out activities throughout the week in commemoration of Thanksgiving. The celebration began on November 20 with a thank-you dinner for 100 Salvadorans who are helping people in their communities in areas such as education, security, economic development, environment, among others. Jean Manes said that Thanksgiving is his favorite celebration ...
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US expert visits El Salvador for the Global Entrepreneurship Week

During  Global Entrepreneurship Week, held from November 13-19, 2017, the U.S. Embassy participated in a series of activities to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture in El Salvador hosted by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) through its Technological Innovation Program (PROINNOVA). The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Department of State Educational and Cultural ...
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Remarks by DCM Mark Johnson in the Global Entrepreneurship Week Inauguration Event

DCM Mark Johnson Monday November 13, 8:30 AM, FUSADES * This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.   This week we celebrate entrepreneurship globally because we recognize the central importance that this business model has as the main driver of economic growth in all countries. The truth ...
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Ana Arana discusses investigative journalism with university students

On November 6, the Salvadoran-American journalist Ana Arana came to El Salvador to talk about the importance of investigative journalism as part of the Speakers Program of the U.S. Embassy San Salvador through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. During her visit, Ms. Arana gave presentations about ...
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U.S. Strategy for Central America

A Prosperous, Secure, and Well-Governed Central America Advances U.S. Interests “The United States views the security and prosperity of Central America as key to regional stability and to the security of the United States. We affirm our strong relationship with Central America and the region…” – White House Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in ...
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National Entrepreneurship Month, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2017 NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation’s proudest qualities:  our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit.  American entrepreneurs invent and ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 2, 2017  International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists 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 ...
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G.R.E.A.T. Graduation in Quezaltepeque

On October 27, The Prevention Department of the National Civil Police (PNC) Delegation in La Libertad Norte closed the first course of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) in Quezaltepeque, promoted by the International Bureau of Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement (INL) of the United States Embassy in El Salvador. The graduation took ...
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The city of Villa de Meanguera receives a $200,000 ambulance donation

The U.S. Embassy Military Group, through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), donated an ambulance valued at $200,000 to the Municipality of Villa de Meanguera, Morazán. The event was attended by members of government institutions, churches, community representatives, inhabitants and educational centers. Colonel Elliot Harris said: “Our nations have a long history of friendship, and this ...
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Supreme Court of Justice inaugurates re-adaptation, equipment and strengthening of the Probity Section

Seeking to contribute to the country in the fight against corruption, the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), with the support of the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated the re-adaptation, equipment and strengthening of the Probity Section, in an event led by President of the CSJ, Dr. José ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at “Exprésate” Event Inauguration

“Exprésate” Event Inauguration Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 AM, CIFCO   ** This translation is provided as a courtesy. Only the original Spanish copy should be considered authoritative. And of course I want to say hello to all of you here this morning! Are you feeling energetic? Very good! Today you have ...
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More than 3,000 young people participate in “Exprésate 2017”

More than 3,000 students from 22 municipalities from El Salvador participated in the “Exprésate 2017 Festival”, organized by the Education for Children and Youth Project, funded by the United States through its Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners. U.S. Ambassador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, and the National Director of Prevention and Social Programs from ...
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El Salvador launches the “Simplification and Registration of Procedures Project”

On October 18th, the Government of El Salvador, together with the Regulatory Improvement Organization (OMR), presented the “Simplification and Registration of Procedures Project”. This project seeks to ensure that government institutions reduce the costs of paperwork  by at least 20% and create  a National Procedures Registry in the 13 ministries of the Executive Body by ...
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El Salvador joins the “Blue Heart” campaign

With the aim of combating human trafficking and reducing the vulnerability of victims, the Government of El Salvador, through the National Council against Human Trafficking (CNCTP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) joined the “Corazón Azul” (Blue Heart) campaign. Blue Heart is funded by the Government of Canada and the United ...
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Stop. Think. Connect

Stop.Think.Connect is a national awareness campaign of awareness with the objective of increasing the level of knowledge of cyber-crimes and encourage the public to be more secure and responsible in the cyber world. Whether you send text messages, play games, share photos and videos, update your status or leave your comments on a social network, ...
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Remarks by Charge D’Affaires Mark Johnson at the “Corazón Azul” Campaign Launch

Charge D’Affaires Mark Johnson Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 PM, CIFCO   ** This translation is provided as a courtesy. Only the original Spanish copy should be considered authoritative. Tonight I want to talk to you about a young woman who came to San Salvador from Sonsonate five years ago. Her brother had promised her that ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson On The Expulsion Of Cuban Officials From The United States

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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting In Las Vegas, Nevada

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA   Diplomatic Room 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.  Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert ...
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El Salvador welcomes entrepreneurs of the Northern Triangle countries in the Conference #EmprendeTN

The Northern Triangle Youth Entrepreneurship Conference “#EmprendeTN” (StartUp Norther Triangle) launched on Friday, September 22, 2017. The two-day workshop hosted 93 young entrepreneurs of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Participants had the opportunity to share experiences, learn the best practices of successful entrepreneurs, and get information on digital marketing, leadership, networking and finance. The #EmprendeTN ...
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Remarks of the Ambassador Jean Manes at the Entrepreneurs of the North Triangle “EmprendeTN” Event

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 AM, IENS-CCSA *** This translation is provided as a courtesy. Only the original Spanish-language version should be considered authoritative. First of all, I want to extend a warm welcome to all those who are with us today from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. This morning we launch the Entrepreneurs Conference of ...
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U.S. Embassy Congratulates 111 Graduating Police Officers

On September 20, 17 women and 94 men of the National Civilian Police (PNC) graduated from a new program offered by a Specialized Institute in the National Academy of Public Security (IES-ANSP) with technical degrees in Police Science.  This police program recognizes the importance of strengthening the capabilities of the PNC as a requirement to ...
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Consular Internship

U.S EMBASSY INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is seeking 4 unpaid temporary intern candidates to assist the Consular Section under the Foreign National Student Intern Program. This service is uncompensated and not entitled to benefits. Responsibilities: Assist with activities such as pre-screening cases, data entry and other day to day tasks Assist ...
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International Conference for Sustainable Coffee 2017

  Remarks of Ambassador Jean Manes 2nd International Conference for Sustainable Coffee September 19, 2017 San Salvador, El Salvador Sheraton Hotel  ** This translation is provided as a courtesy. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative. This morning we give launch the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Coffee. I want to emphasize ...
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Embassy reiterates its support for the Salvadoran democratic process  

Embassy reiterates its support for the Salvadoran democratic process As El Salvador approaches election season, the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador supports a free, transparent and fair democratic process. The Embassy does not endorse any particular political party or candidate. The Embassy works with the democratically elected Salvadoran government on a wide range of issues, ...
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National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

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Firefighters remember colleagues who died on 9/11

The Fire Department of El Salvador and the Gear Up Foundation collaborated to pay tribute to the 343 firefighters who died while doing rescue efforts following the attacks on September 11, 2001. In memory of the deceased heroes, a group of children from the Infantry Fire Brigade held flags with the names of all the ...
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28 Young Students Learn Firsthand About The Work Done By Law Enforcement Officers

As part of the International Law Enforcement Academy’s (ILEA) commitment to fostering a culture of violence prevention in young people, ILEA invited 28 young people from the Glasswing International project to participate in a day of activities at the facilities of the Administration for the Control of the Drug (DEA). The goal of the visit ...
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Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Release Date:  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 ...
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Ambassador Jean Manes Remarks at the Donation Ceremony for 500 Body Cameras

** Remarks prepared — This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** Before we begin, I would like to congratulate El Salvador for your “civic month” you are currently celebrating. I am constantly impressed by how ...
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Embassy donates 500 bodycams to PNC

The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), donated 500 body cameras (or “bodycams”) to El Salvador’s National Civilian Police (PNC) in a ceremony with the Director General of the PNC, Commissioner Howard Cotto. The bodycam donation supports transparency in policing efforts of the PNC, and ...
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51 Schools join Police Athletic League in Sonsonate

More than 2,000 children and young people from 51 education center in 85 communities will benefit from the implementation of the Police Athletic League (PAL) program in Sonsonate. The program was inaugurated at the Ana Mercedes Campos Stadium. The Police Athletic Leagues allow the creation of recreational spaces for children and young people to participate ...
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Statement by Heather Nauret Spokesperson, Criminalizing Dissent in Venezuela

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PNC launches Transparency Portal

On August 22, the National Civilian Police (PNC), through its Access to Public Information Unit, presented its new Transparency Portal aimed at improving transparency in the institution and facilitating access to public information through data and statistics. The portal was developed through the Infosegura Program, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                            August 15, 2017 REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE TO THE ARGENTINE AND LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY La Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina 3:41 P.M. Local ET VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, ...
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El Salvador launches electronic window MiEmpresa.gob.sv for procedures

The new electronic window MiEmpresa.gob.sv of the Government of El Salvador (GOES) will allow individual traders and companies to carry out the necessary procedures to obtain 25 registrations from 8 public and private entities. This electronic window will improve the business climate and competitiveness of the country and is part of the mechanisms that allow ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela   Today, Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with President Donald J. Trump. Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release ...
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U.S. funded bakery gives skills to women in jail

The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the General Directorate of Criminal Centers inaugurated the bakery at the Women’s Preadaptation Center in Ilopango, which will benefits more than 2,000 inmates. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, Minister of Justice and ...
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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  These sanctions come a day after the Maduro ...
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U.S. Attorney General and Northern Triangle Attorney Generals meet in El Salvador

On Friday, July 28, 2017, United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, met with Attorney General of El Salvador, Douglas Arquímedes Meléndez Ruiz, Attorney General of Guatemala, Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernández, and Attorney General of Honduras, Oscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas. This meeting in El Salvador advances gains from the group’s March meeting in Washington DC, where ...
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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions ends visit to El Salvador

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions completed a two-day visit to El Salvador on Friday, July 28, 2017. During his visit, Attorney General Sessions met with President of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, as well as other Salvadoran Government representatives.  The meeting served as an opportunity to address the importance of regional cooperation in the fight against ...
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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs   Press Release:            July 26, 2017 Contact:                     Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960   Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela Action Targets Officials of Entities Undermining Democracy in Venezuela Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of ...
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Outreach Center Benefits Youth with Private Sector Support

The United States Government, through the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Mayor’s Office of Ciudad Delgado, and Price Philanthropies inaugurated a new outreach center called “El Algodon”, the seventh in the municipality.  The center will benefit more than 250 children and youth from the community and students from surrounding areas. The opening ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Manes – “Centro de Alcance” Inaugration Ceremony. Cuidad Delgado, El Salvador

July 25, 2017  ** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** Good morning to you all. What great energy we have this morning! I would like to once more applaud the enormous talent that the ...
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11th Police Athletic League inaugurated in Soyapango

On July 21, the US Embassy in El Salvador through INL and in coordination with the National Civilian Police (PNC) along with grantee Fundacion Patria Unida held the inauguration ceremony for the Soyapango Police Athletic League (PAL), with more than 800 kids in attendance. Soyapango has already enrolled more than 600 youth at-risk  with the cooperation of the PNC delegation which now ...
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Police Athletic League Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes – Soyopango, El Salvador

Police Athletic League Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes Soyopango, El Salvador July 21, 2017 ** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** What a great joy to see so many soccer players here today! ...
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U. S. Officials deport Salvadoran man involved accused of murder

A fugitive from El Salvador wanted for aggravated homicide, Carlos Vidal Navarro-Montecinos, 22 years old, was deported today by officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Laredo, Texas.  Upon arrival in El Salvador, U.S. officials turned Navarro-Montecinos over to the custody of El Salvador’s Civilian National Police ...
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United States participated in the Seminar “The Current Situation of El Salvador Public Finances and Alternatives for Consolidation”

On July 12, 2017, the government of El Salvador and international community representatives  gathered to provide ideas and encourage a dialog to address El Salvador’s lack of a fiscal policy. U.S. Embassy stood alongside the  Cooperation Agency of Germany, Spain Embassy to El Salvador, the European Union Delegation to El Salvador, World Bank for Latin ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Activation of the Environmental Assessment System in El Salvador

** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. **  It is a pleasure to join you this morning at this demonstration of the “Environmental Permit Monitoring System” launched by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources ...
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Week 2017 starts

Under the motto “17 Reasons to Work Together”, we joined USAID El Salvador, the Foundation for Corporate Social Action (FUNDEMAS), the UNDP and more than 50 private sector companies at the opening of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Week 2017. Participants will explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which call for action to ...
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Friendship in Action Festival Closes in Sonsonate

Sonsonate was the final destination on the seven-city tour of the “Amistad en Acción” Festival, hosted by the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, U.S. Symphony Of Americas, the Choir and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Polígono Don Bosco and the Acajutla Philharmonic Orchestra. Around 900 people enjoyed the concert in Sonsonate which contributed to the total ...
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Secretary John F. Kelly announces new aviation security enhancements

Enhanced Security Measures for all Flights to the United States On June 28, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced 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 ...
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Government of El Salvador honors Director of USAID / El Salvador

The Government of El Salvador recently honored the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador, Larry Sacks, with the José Gustavo Guerrero silver medal. Deputy Minister for the Salvadorans Abroad, Liduvina Margarín, chaird the ceremony which recognized the contributions of Mr. Sacks to El Salvador during the period from ...
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Festival #AmistadEnAcción arrives in Ahuachapán

Some 700 people celebrated the friendship between the United States and El Salvador in the second concert framed under the Festival #AmistadEnAcción in the Victoria Cinema of Ahuachapán. The afternoon of music opened with a selection of numbers by the Conchagua Philharmonic Orchestra from La Union, one of the groups formed with children and young ...
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Ambassador Remarks at the Amistad en Acción Festival first concert

Remarks of U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes June 23, 2017 ** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** Today we launch the “Friendship in Action” Music Festival in commemoration of June 15th ...
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United States Key Deliverables for the June 15-16, 2017 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

June 16, 2017 United States Key Deliverables for the June 15-16, 2017 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin co-hosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, Florida ...
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Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy

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U.S. and El Salvador celebrate their friendship through school revitalization

Appropriately, a school named “United States of America” in La Libertad was the backdrop for the first annual United States-El Salvador Friendship Day celebration on June 15. The school was built in 1963 with the help of the United States government through its Alliance for Prosperity Initiative. As part of the celebration, more than 50 ...
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Remarks by the Vice President Mike Pence at the Northern Triangle Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America Opening Plenary Session

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Remarks: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America – Opening Plenary Session

 REMARKS  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson At the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America Opening Plenary Session    Florida International University Miami, Florida June 15, 2017  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 ...
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K-9 School achievements demonstrates in El Salvador

U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes, Mayor of Lourdes,Colon Guillermo González Huezo, Head of Lourdes Colon Police Delegation Américo Pereira and the Antinarcotics Division (DAN in Spanish) representative Héctor Salomón Orellana Claros from the National Civilian Police (PNC in Spanish) Canine Technical Unit participated in the demonstration of abilities of  dogs that are part of this ...
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U.S. and UK Embassies join forces in cleanup campaign

In honor of World Environment Day, U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes along with British Ambassador Bernhard Garside, accompanied by volunteersfrom both diplomatic Missions together diving school El Salvador Divers and Tourist Police (POLITUR) joined forces in a clean-up of Lake Ilopango..  “We are doing this activity to preserve the environment, but more than that, we ...
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GREAT graduates 1,144 students in gang resistance education

1,144 students from 27 educational centers around San Salvador were part of the first graduation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program. The program is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and is implemented in El Salvador by  the Department of Prevention ...
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SolucionES celebrates achievements in violence prevention

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with the Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE), the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL), Glasswing International and the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), celebrated the achievements of the SolucionES project from 2012 to 2017. ...
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Remarks of the Under Secretary Thomas Shannon at the Meeting of the Organization of American States

UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. To you, sir, to the Secretary General and to all my colleagues, I extend my respect and gratitude for your presence here today as we discuss the increasingly dire situation in Venezuela. Over the last 18 months, we have seen a dramatic erosion of constitutional rule in Venezuela. ...
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SolucionES celebrates achievements in violence prevention

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with the Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE), the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL), Glasswing International and the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Developmet (FUSADES), celebrated the achievements obtained from 2012 to 2017 with the SolucionES ...
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Embassy celebrates U.S. flavors in El Salvador

The U.S. Embassy, through the Foreign Agricultural Service Office, partnered with the Pan-American Academy of Culinary Art (APAC) to present a culinary festival San Salvador to launch the “Sabor USA” marketing campaign on May 20, 2017. U.S. Department of Agriculture “Sabor USA” campaign aims to increase international awareness and demand for U.S. food products by ...
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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today, on May 17, the members of the OAS LGBTI Core Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Uruguay) are proud to join other governments and civil society organizations from around the world to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This year, the IDAHOT is an opportunity to ...
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Embassy announces concerts to celebrate friendship

Under the slogan, “Two countries, multiple orchestras, ten days of music, one goal: to celebrate what unites us!”, the U.S. Embassy ​​announced the dates of the “Amistad en Acción” (Friendship in Action) Festival, an initiative that celebrates the bilateral relations between the United States and El Salvador. U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes, along with Director ...
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United States presents business opportunities to Salvadorans

U.S. Embassy El Salvador, through the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service office, organized the Connect USA Expo and Conference on May 4 in San Salvador. U.S. companies with an existing presence in El Salvador as well as US companies seeking distributors in El Salvador, participated in this networking conference. U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes ...
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Thousands run to expand prevention efforts for Salvadoran youth

More than two thousand civic-minded Salvadoran children, youth, and adults, ran Sunday, May 7th in the race “New Runners #YoMeAtrevo (I dare to)”, organized by the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through its Agency for International Development (USAID). Routes of 3k, 5k and 10k courses departed from the Jorge “El Mágico” González stadium. The mission ...
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Ambassador Jean Manes Welcoming Remarks at the Connect USA Expo and Conference event

I welcome you all to Connect USA, an event created to provide business opportunities between companies in El Salvador and the United States. I would like to congratulate the whole team of our Commercial Section, for organizing this very successful event and to you, for appreciating the relationship with our Commercial Office. Some of you ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the World Press Freedom Day

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Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Education Fair Remarks, Hotel Barceló Salón Bristol

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes Education Fair RemarksTuesday, April 25, 4:00 PM, Hotel Barceló Salón Bristol ** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** Good afternoon, It is a pleasure for me to welcome to El ...
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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City April 28, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council. ...
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The United States offers higher education opportunities to Salvadoran students

On April 25, the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through the Foreign Commercial Services (FCS) and EducationUSA, hosted the Community College Education Fair alongside representatives from six Community Colleges with the aim of exposing attendees the opportunities for study in the United States on April 25th. Community Colleges are academic institutions with the same accreditations ...
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Ambassador Manes, Remarks for “Manos a la Obra” Volunteer Day at Parque Extremo Santa Tecla

Saturday, April 22, 2017  ** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. ** Honorable Mayor of Santa Tecla Roberto D’Aubuisson; Glasswing International Vice president, Celina de Sola; Colleagues of the Embassy ; Friends of the press; ...
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Revitalization of Park on Earth day and Global Youth Service Day

More than 200 volunteers from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Glasswing International and the Municipality of Santa Tecla joined efforts to celebrate Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day on March, April 22nd. The American and Salvadoran volunteers worked together to revitalize “Park Extreme” located in Santa ...
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STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson _______________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON April 18, 2017 Non-Violence and Accountability During Protests in Venezuela Venezuela has been witness in recent weeks to ongoing social protests, ever since the Supreme Court demonstrated its lack of independence from the Executive Branch through a ...
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YLAI Profession Fellows Program: Application Deadline April 23, 2017

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is a program to empower entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders so that they can launch or advance their entrepreneurial ideas, which will contribute to social and economic development in their communities.  This year, YLAI will select 250 entrepreneurs and civil society leaders across Central America and ...
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Ambassador Manes’ First Year in El Salvador

U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes marked the anniversary of her first year in El Salvador on March 29, 2017.  The U.S. diplomat leads a mission that includes 15 government agencies, 200 Americans and about 400 Salvadorans. Since her arrival, the Ambassador has been committed to strengthening bilateral relations and supporting efforts to create a more ...
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Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2017 PAN AMERICAN DAY AND PAN AMERICAN WEEK, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Pan American Day and Pan American Week commemorate the 127th anniversary of the conclusion of the ...
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OFAC removes José Adán Salazar Umaña from the list of drug traffickers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed Jose Adan Salazar Umaña “Chepe Diablo” from the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (“Kingpin Act”).   The President identified Jose Adan Salazar Umaña as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker (also ...
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Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions

  STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON March 30, 2017 Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions  The United States condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29 decision to usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly.  This rupture of democratic and constitutional norms greatly damages Venezuela’s democratic institutions and denies the Venezuelan ...
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Ambassador Manes visits Cabañas

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, visited the municipality of Ilobasco, Cabañas on March 30, 2017, to inaugurate seven reclaimed public spaces, funded by the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) in coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Ilobasco. Ilobasco is one of the municipalities that are part of the ...
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Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission Mark C. Johnson on the Inauguration Ceremony for the Police Information and Operational Control Center (COP)

March 30, 2017 *This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The speech was originally written and delivered in Spanish, and only the Spanish version should be considered authoritative. Excellency Vice-President of El Salvador Republic, Salvador Oscar Ortiz; Honorable Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mauricio Landaverde; President of Public Security Commission, José Antonio Almendáriz ...
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U.S.-Funded Police Operational Control and Command Center Opens its Doors

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, Mark Johnson; Vice President of the Republic of El Salvador Oscar Ortiz; Director General of National Civilian Police (PNC), Howard Augusto Cotto; Justice and Security Minister, Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde; Legislative Assembly President of the Commission of Public Security, José Antonio Almendáriz stood together to inaugurate ...
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Let’s Invest in the Youth Now

By Larry Sacks Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) El Salvador  ** This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original Spanish text should be considered reliable. ** I remember how excited I was when I got my first job. They paid me the minimum wage, but I will never forget the ...
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Northern Triangle police women participate in conference

On March 3, 2017, the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), hosted a regional conference entitled "Female Law Enforcement Officials in the Northern Triangle" at the International Law Enforcement Agency (ILEA) in El Salvador to train female officers on gender equality and equity, strengthening the role of ...
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Ambassador Manes’ visit to San Miguel reaffirms commitment with Salvadoran youth

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, reaffirmed her commitment with the youth of El Salvador through the inauguration of the American English Center at Universidad de Oriente (UNIVO). The center will serve English students at the university and 120 high school students from youth at risk areas San Miguel participating in the “English ...
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ILEA graduates 41 regional law enforcement officers

International Law Enforcement Academy in San Salvador (ILEA) graduated 41 law enforcement officers from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panamá and El Salvador under the “Law Enforcement and Leadership Development Program.” This six week course was designed to enhance the participants’ leadership and management skills, and foster regional law enforcement cooperation. Among the specific topics ...
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El Salvador approves “Friendship Day between U.S. and El Salvador”

With 66 votes in favor, the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly approved the declaration of June 15 as “Friendship Day between El Salvador and United States.” The initiative was studied by the Committee for Cultural and Educational Affairs of the Legislative Assembly to commemorate the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on June 15, 1863. ...
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250 Salvadorans girls motivated by a dream

Microsoft El Salvador, with the support of the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the sixth edition of DigiGirlz. This Microsoft program offers girls in middle school and high school opportunities to learn about careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry, connects them with Microsoft employers, and let ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Bilateral Discussions in Mexico City

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE February 23, 2017 Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Bilateral Discussions in Mexico City We just concluded a very productive set of meetings with our counterparts Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong; Secretary of ...
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Ambassador Manes visits San Vicente

On her first visit to San Vicente, Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes participated in the inauguration for the Attorney General’s new offices. The offices were built with the support of the U.S. Government through U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID. The new $80,000 building provides prosecutors with adequate facilities to carry out their work and also ...
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Ambassador visits La Unión and Usulután

US Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, visited the La Unión and Usulután departments in eastern part of the country to observe  the implementation of programs receiving funding from the US Embassy in support of Northern Triangle Alliance for Prosperity and Plan El Salvador Seguro initiatives. The first day of the visit included a ...
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Civil Society Participates in Alliance for Prosperity Plan in the Northern Triangle

The Consultative Group of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan in the Northern Triangle (PAPTN, for its Spanish acronym) and representatives from the Government of El Salvador and the Government of the United States, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), held the “Civil Society Forum on PAPTN.”  Participants included representatives from public, private, social ...
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Address by the U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes at the Cooperation Agreement signing between USAID and and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

** This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original Spasnish source should be considered reliable. Good Morning. Today is a very important day for the relationship between the United States and El Salvador, because we are going to sign an agreement between our two governments. But, we have not gotten here overnight, ...
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United States and El Salvador sign a Cooperation Agreement

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez; United States Ambassador Jean E. Manes; Technical Secretary of the Presidency, Roberto Lorenzana; and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) El Salvador Director Larry Sacks, signed amendments to the Bilateral Donor Agreements for an amount totaling $97.9 million. This FY16 budget of $97.9 million represents an increase of ...
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Joint Statement on U.S.-Mexico Relations

The United States President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke by phone this morning for an hour.  The call was mutually arranged by their teams.   The two had a productive and constructive call regarding the bilateral relationship between the two countries, the current trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to Press Before the Presentation of Credentials to the UN

AS DELIVERED                                                               January 27, 2017 Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to Press Before the Presentation of Credentials to the UN Secretary-General, January 27, 2017 Good morning. In South Carolina, we start off the days great. You know, it’s a thrill to be here at the UN. I will ...
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America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will ...
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Remarks of President Donald J. Trump

As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will ...
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Youth graduates thanks to ¡Supérate! Program

Twenty young students from Soyapango, Apopa, Cuscatancingo, Ciudad Delgado, and Ilopango received diplomas in English, Computer Science, and Ethics as part of a program called “¡Supérate! Center Raíces Foundation.”  ¡Supérate! is a parallel program that complements the students’ high-school level public education courses. Under the motto “Transforming Lives through Education”, ¡Supérate! is supported by the ...
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Remarks by Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs

**These remarks were prepared and delivered in Spanish; this is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative. In commemorating this important anniversary, we have the opportunity to celebrate the power of dialogue, the power of commitment, and the power of people who — with very opposing points of view — ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs represents United States in El Salvador

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs led the U.S. delegation attending the ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords on January 16. During her visit, the diplomat attended the official ceremony organized by the Salvadoran government at the International Center of Fairs and Conventions (CIFCO) in San ...
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Strengthening teaching about Holocaust

Experts from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jennifer Ciardelli and Carrie Olson, inspired 40 future educators from the Specialized Institute of Higher Education (IENS) with a message to fight against intolerance and to promote human dignity, during the talk “Learn and Teach about the Holocaust,” carried out within the context of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, that is held on January ...
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2017: Year of Positive Action

**This opinion editorial appeared in El Mundo newspaper on January 2, 2017.  This text was originally written and published in Spanish; this is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative. In talking to people all over El Salvador, I have found a commonality: Salvadorans have an indelible spirit of entrepreneurship ...
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Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

Mark C. Toner  Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2016 The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to ...
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Engel, Ros-lehtinen Lead Letter Affirming Strong Support for Central American Attorneys General

Bipartisan letter condemns political interference in courageous work of Attorneys General WASHINGTON—Led by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair Emeritus of the Foreign Affairs Committee, a bipartisan group of 12 Members of Congress today affirmed their support for the courageous ...
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OpEd: We must support young people who dare

By Larry Sacks, Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador (This opinion editorial appeared in El Diario de Hoy newspaper on December 16, 2016. This text was originally written and published in Spanish, the below is a translation.)   Not a single day passes without us reading in the newspapers about another ...
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Clarification Regarding the Certification of Funding for the Northern Triangle

The Embassy of the United States in El Salvador clarifies that the Department of State has certified to the United States Congress that the three countries of the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — have taken effective measures to comply with the conditions established by the Congress of the United States this year. At ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State addresses irregular migration in El Salvador

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs  Juan Sebastian Gonzalez  visited El Salvador on December 13 – 14 to support Salvadoran government efforts to address irregular migration to the United States. During his visit, Deputy Assistant Secretary Gonzalez met with Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Martinez and other cabinet members. Juan Sebastian Gonzalez is responsible ...
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“The glass that never fills”

Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes published an opinion piece on the importance of fighting corruption in La Prensa Gráfica (LPG). The article was published on page 53 of LPG on Friday, December 9, 2016. (This text was translated from Spanish.) “The glass that never fills” Ambassador of the United States, Jean Elizabeth Manes   We all ...
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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Support for Attorneys General in Central America

Congressional Record December 9, 2016 Mr. LEAHY.  Mr. President, the Northern Triangle countries of Central America – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – face many similar challenges.  Poverty, gangs, violence, corruption, organized crime.  One of these challenges is weak judicial systems. For as long as anyone can remember, judges in these countries, no matter how ...
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Launching www.JunTodos.com Social Crowdfunding Platform

On Wednesday, December 7th, U.S. Ambassador Manes stood with Celina Sol de Kriete (Executive Director of the Gloria Kriete Foundation), and Roberto Kriete to formally launch  juntodos.com  as Central America’s first crowdfunding website. This platform connects average people around the world to opportunities to support small-scale projects that can make a huge difference. Crowdfunding through the  juntodos.com ...
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Art in Embassies

This collection of artwork selected by U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes for the Art in Embassies program showcases the landscape of her native Florida and reflects on our role in the care of the environment. The artwork also shows the multicultural richness of the country, highlighting artists from the Choctaw Nation , as well as African Americans, such as The Highwaymen. Click ...
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Property titles delivered to improve education

For the first time since being founded, 59 schools received property titles to own the land where they have been functioning. This will allow these schools to be intervened as part of the Human Capital Development component of the second MCC agreement with El Salvador. The handing over of the titles was made possible by ...
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Walking to End Violence Against Women

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes participated in the “Walking in Equality” march to bring an end to violence against women and girls, organized by the Caucus of Parliamentary Women at the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly. The march began at Cuscatlán Park and finished in the Plaza de las Americas.  Ambassador Manes marched ...
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Expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program

November 15, 2016 In July, the United States announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program to allow additional categories of applicants to apply for admission to the United States as a refugee, when accompanied by a qualifying child. This expansion builds on the in-country refugee/parole program established in 2014 that provides a ...
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Ambassador Manes visits Olocuilta for National Pupusa Day

Ambassador Jean Manes joined in the celebration of a uniquely Salvadoran festivity held every year on the Sunday of November: National Pupusa Day. On November 13, Ambassador Manes visited the town of Olocuilta to participate in the festival celebrating El Salvador’s national dish.  Three thousand people flocked to Olocuilta for the event. The town of ...
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Generation Now Festival unites youth to transform Central America

The “Generation Now Festival”, an initiative supported by USAID, Glasswing International, Istmo Music and MTV, created a space of reflection, dialogue, and call to action to inspire and empower more than 15,000 youth from Central America to become active change-makers in their lives, schools, homes, workplaces and communities. U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes and other Salvadoran ...
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U.S. Embassy San Salvador Commemorates Veterans Day

On November 11, U.S. Embassy San Salvador was closed in commemoration of Veterans Day, out of respect for, and in recognition of, the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world.   In a ceremony on the Embassy grounds, attended by members of American Legion Post ES-01and ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Corporate Excellence

On November 4, U.S. Embassy El Salvador recognized League Collegiate Outfitters (League) as the 2016 winner of the Ambassador’s Award for Corporate Excellence. At the awards ceremony, Ambassador Manes highlighted League’s inclusive hiring practices which benefit both its employees and the community at large in a variety of ways, including providing opportunities for disabled workers ...
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Check Out our New Website

¡Sí, tenemos un nuevo Website, échale una mirada! El nuevo “look” del website tiene siete secciones que representan los tópicos más importantes para tu interés. Las secciones a su vez, están subdivididas en categorías las cuales te ayudarán a encontrar información específica. Las siete secciones son: Visas – Para todas tus preguntas y necesidad de información ...
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ILEA graduates 35 more law enforcers

The International Academy for Law Enforcement (ILEA) San Salvador closed its fourth “Leadership Development Program” for 35 law enforcers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and El Salvador. The course is a program for law enforcement officers in mid-level management positions and other professionals at the same level in the law enforcement community. The ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3 September 19, 2016 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in ...
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9/11 Victims Remembered

Americans and Salvadorans stood together on the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, to remember tragedy of that day and the lives lost.  Ambassador Jean Manes participated in a ceremony held by the Fire Department of El Salvador to honor the memory of firefighters who gave their lives doing rescue work after ...
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Violence Prevention Centers Inaugurated In Zacatecoluca

The Zacatecoluca Mayor’s Office and the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated today a Municipal Violence Prevention Center and four youth outreach centers as part of the municipality’s violence prevention plan, “Zacate, Committed!” The Zacatecoluca Municipal Prevention Center will provide citizens a “one-stop shop” for crime and violence prevention services, ...
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First National Police Athletic League Tournament Launched

In a colorful and festive atmosphere, the Embassy of the United States, the National Civilian Police and the “Patria Unida” Foundation launched on September 2nd, the Police Athletic League National Tournament “Heroes of El Salvador” at the Estadio Delicias, Santa Tecla. The champions of each of the Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) from Santa Ana, Lourdes-Colón, ...
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U.S. Officials Reiterated Dangers of Undocumented Trip to U.S.

U.S. officials made visits to El Salvador to reiterate the dangers of traveling to the United States irregularly On two separate visits, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (ICE), visited El Salvador to meet with government officials, business representatives and observe first-hand the efforts of El Salvador to receive migrants repatriated. During her visit ...
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Embassy participates in JuvenTour

The U.S. Embassy participated at the Seventh Annual nation-wide JuvenTour youth fair created by the Government of El Salvador (GOES), through its National Youth Institute (INJUVE). The U.S. Embassy set up an expansive and interactive information booth that highlighted 12 youth-related U.S. Government-funded projects in support of Plan El Salvador Seguro, the Alliance for Prosperity and ...
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The Embassy and National Police launch the Police Athletic League in Ahuachapán

The U.S. Embassy and the National Civil Police of El Salvador (PNC) launched the Police Athletic League in Ahuachapán in order to create and improve recreational spaces for children. The event was attended by the U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes, Director of the PNC, Howard Cotto, and the mayor of Ahuachapán, Abilio Flores. In Ahuachapán, more ...
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US Launches Project to Improve Salvadoran Youth Employment

The United States, through its Agency for International Development, USAID, and in cooperation with the Salvadoran government, through the Technical and Planning Secretariat of the Presidency, the National Youth Institute (INJUVE); the National Institute of Vocational Training (INSAFORP), and the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI), launched the project Puentes para el Empleo, or “Bridges to ...
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Ambassador Manes: We Have to Find Common Goals

U.S. Ambassador,  Jean Elizabeth Manes,  addressed spoke in front of an audience that included members of the American Chamber of Commerce El Salvador, AmCham, composed by representatives of the private sector, members of AmCham and government officials during an event organized by AmCham. During her key note remarks,  speech Ambassador Manes stressed the importance of ...
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Ambassador Manes offers farewell ceremony for Salvadoran Scholars

The US Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, hosted a farewell ceremony for 18 young Salvadoran Scholars that will participate in the Fulbright, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, UGRAD and SUSI programs. “These scholarships are not only an excellent educational instrument, cultural understanding and talent promotion, but they also promote dialog among intellectuals and professionals of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, ...
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U.S. Donates more than $1.5 million for Training Facilities for Peacekeeping Operations

The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Military Group, in conjunction with the Command of Engineers of the Armed Forces of El Salvador, inaugurated a storage facility and two barracks for military personnel from  Salvadoran peacekeeping operations. The construction of these new facilities was carried out under the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The Military Group ...
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Ambassador Manes on Salvadoran Radio

In her first radio interview in El Salvador, Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes reiterated the White House’s support for the Northern Triangle and efforts to create opportunities for Salvadorans. “We have to work on security, but we have to create opportunities for the youth also,” the Ambassador said on Radio102nueve’s highly rated morning talk show, “A ...
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U.S. Embassy donates equipment to the Arms and Explosives Division of the PNC

With the purpose of strengthening the Arms and Explosives Division (DAE by its acronym in Spanish) capabilities, the US Government, through the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), delivered an equipment donation to the National Civilian Police (PNC by its acronym in Spanish) of El Salvador. The donation includes a 4×4 pick-up, designed ...
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CAFTA-DR Celebrates 10th Anniversary in El Salvador

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere of the U.S. Department of Commerce, John M. Andersen, joined Salvadoran Vice Minister of Economy, Luz Estrella Rodríguez and Vice minister of Trade and Industry, Merlin Barrera, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement with the U.S., CAFTA DR. “CAFTA ...
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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visits El Salvador

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited El Salvador as part of a regional tour in Central America that also included Honduras. During his visit, Secretary Johnson met with Salvadoran President, Salvador Sánchez Cerén and other Salvadoran officials. During their meeting, they discussed the importance of law enforcement cooperation to address violence and the other ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Persons Prohibited from Engaging in Transactions with the La Riviera Chain of Duty Free Stores

Pursuant to the Kingpin Act, on May 5, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals and 69 entities for their involvement in international narcotics trafficking-related activities. Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum and Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares co-lead the Waked Money Laundering Organization (Waked MLO) which specializes in the ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Presidents of the Northern Triangle

The Vice President met today with President Salvador Sánchez-Cerén of El Salvador, President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, and President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras. The leaders discussed their progress in meeting the agreements outlined in the Blair House Communique of February 24, 2016, which identified specific steps to be taken as part of the 2016 ...
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Municipal Violence Prevention Plans Presented

Eight municipalities presented their Municipal Violence Prevention Plans, designed with the support of the United States, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Violence and Crime Prevention Project. Each Municipal Plan contains six lines of action that include strengthening the Municipal Committees for Violence Prevention, establishing outreach centers  “For My Neighborhood”,  mentoring services ...
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First API Project Signed

Under the activity known as El Salvador Investment Challenge (ESIC, or API in Spanish), FOMILENIO II signed an agreement with Aeroman, which will benefit more than 800 young technicians and engineers in the area of civil aeronautics. Aeroman has already invested $24.8 million of $32.2 million planned.  FOMILENIO II meanwhile will provide, via API, up ...
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U.S. Embassy makes a Donation to the Migration Office

The US Embassy in San Salvador presented a donation of equipment to the General Directorate of Migration and Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (DGME by its acronym in Spanish). The donation will help streamline and improve the registration and control of documents, the documentation of investigations and the monitoring of immigration offenses. The equipment includes ...
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U.S. Funded Police Athletic League Opens in Zacatecoluca

The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador and the Ministry of Public Security and Justice inaugurated a new Police Athletic League (PAL) in Zacatecoluca. This program is being implemented by the Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the National Civilian Police (PNC) and Patria Unida Foundation. “This program has been so successful ...
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“Justice for My Sister” Takes On Gender Violence in El Salvador

Four-hundred and fifty young men and women in El Salvador faced the provocative question of American filmmaker Kimberly Bautista: Who is responsible in cases of violence against women, the perpetrator or the victim? The answer was summarized simply by Veronica Sandoval, 22, a journalism student at the Catholic University of El Salvador (UNICAES): The person ...
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Ambassador Jean Manes Arrives in El Salvador

Ambassador Jean Manes arrived in El Salvador on Tuesday, March 29th at noon, ready to assume her position as US Ambassador.  A US Embassy delegation led by Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Barkin greeted her at the Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez International Airport. Upon her arrival she met Salvadoran media and offered brief ...
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Jean Manes Sworn In as US Ambassador to El Salvador

Jean Manes was sworn in Washington D.C. as US Ambassador to El Salvador. Prior to confirmation, Ambassador Manes served as the Principal Deputy Coordinator of the Office of International Information Programs of the US Department of State. Previously, Ambassador Manes was the Director of Resources for the Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy.  Ambassador Manes has worked ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, ...
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U.S. supports Directorate for Migrant Care

Under the Comprehensive Assistance to Returned Families and Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the Northern Triangle of Central America Project, the U. S. Embassy of El Salvador participated in the official presentation of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Directorate for Migrant Care. “More than a pretty building, this center will bring together all needed services ...
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Joint Communique of The Presidents Of The Northern Triangle, And The Vice President Biden In Relation To The Plan Of The Alliance For Prosperity

The presidents of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Cerén; Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; and Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez; and the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, met in Washington, DC on February 24, 2016 to review joint efforts to promote economic integration in the Northern Triangle of Central America; to invest in human capital; to ...
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Ambassador Aponte Honored by Assembly

In one of her last public events, US Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, received the “Order of Merit November 5, 1811 Heroes of Independence” bestowed upon her by all members of the legislative Assembly. With this recognition, members of the Salvadoran Assembly acknowledged the important work Aponte carried out to benefit the country. ...
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Ambassador’s Speech to the Legislative Assembly

After receiving the “Orden al Mérito 5 de Noviembre 1811 Próceres de Independencia” award, the US Ambassador to El Salvador addressed the plenary of the Legislative Assembly. Ambassador Aponte is the fourth person in receiving this distinction, sharing that honor with the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and ...
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Ambassador Motivates Salvadoran Youth

To take more active roles in the society, analyze information, verify the fulfillment of laws and agreements and take advantage of opportunities to achieve positive changes in the country were the challenges that the US Ambassador to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte left to the Salvadoran youth.  “I believe that each of you has aspirations ...
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Voting in U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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El Salvador recognizes Ambassador Aponte’s Work

In two moving ceremonies, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte received two important awards for her work as head of US diplomacy in El Salvador. Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez awarded the National “Jose Matias Delgado” Order in the Grand Cross Silver Plaque in recognition of her work and commitment in strengthening the relations between El Salvador and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CDC Zika Warning

The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is upgrading its advisories regarding the Zika Virus . For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website . To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) travel notices, call the  CDC  at 1-800- CDC -INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – El Salvador

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high, and U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their surroundings. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 22, 2015, and includes updated information on crime and security in El Salvador. Tens ...
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Peace Corps Suspends Program in El Salvador

The Peace Corps today announced the suspension of its program in El Salvador due to the ongoing security environment. The agency will continue to monitor the security situation in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador to determine when the program can resume. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long partnership with the government ...
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U.S. Embassy supports Violence Prevention Plans in Ciudad Delgado

The U.S. Embassy, the municipality of Ciudad Delgado, the National Civil Police and Patria Unida Foundation inaugurated the Police Athletic League in Ciudad Delgado as part of its support for violence prevention in the municipality. The Police Athletic League consists in the creation and adaptation of recreational spaces for children and youth, whom can participate ...
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Regulatory Improvement Council Swearing-in Ceremony

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte joined Sarah Crawford, MCC Acting Resident Country Director,  and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren at the Regulatory Improvement Council swearing-in ceremony.  Witnessing the ceremony were representatives of the private sector, political parties, academia, representatives of the US Embassy and of the three branches of Salvadoran government. The Regulatory Improvement Activity, part of ...
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U.S. Ambassador in El Salvador Participates in an Anti-corruption Forum

As part of the commemoration of the the International Day against Corruption,  U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte participated in a forum entitled, “Promotion of  Transparency and the Fight against Corruption in the Northern Triangle.” “It is important that the governments, civil society and the private sector become partners and not adversaries in this shared anti-corruption ...
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Military Group donates $1.3 million for Training Facilities for Peacekeeping Operations

As part of the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), the US Embassy through the Military Group, in conjunction with the Command of Engineers of the Armed Forces of El Salvador, opened a space for training military personnel affiliated to peacekeeping operations. The inauguration took place on Friday November 20th at the Training Center for Peacekeeping ...
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Second class graduate from Women Empowerment Through Micro Enterprise Program

The US Embassy and the NGO Convoy of Hope held a graduation ceremony for 155 women who participated in the program “Empowerment of Women through Microenterprise.” This program is part of the initiative of the Department of State “Women Entrepreneurship in the Americas” (WEAmericas), which is responsible of connecting women to economic growth and business ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: World Wide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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American Embassy LIVE Auction

HOUSEHOLD & OFFICE FURNITURE & EQUIPMENT  DATE: November 21st TIME TO VIEW ITEMS: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. TIME FOR AUCTION: 9:00 a.m. until finished ADDRESS: Bulevar Orden de Malta and Calle el Boquerón, down the street and around the corner from                             ...
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20 municipalities present their Violence Prevention Plans

The United States Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Crime and Violence Prevention Project, joined 20 mayors in the presentation of 20 Municipal Violence Prevention Plans. These plans were presented to the Vice Minister of Justice and Public Security of El Salvador Juan Javier Martínez. “The best solutions to ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Higginbottom visits El Salvador

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resource, Heather Higginbottom, visited El Salvador as part of a regional tour in Central America last week. During her visit, Secretary Higginbottom met with Salvadoran President, Salvador Sánchez Céren and other Salvadoran officials. During their meeting, they discussed the implementation of the Alliance for Prosperity, a plandeveloped ...
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3,000 Children Graduate from GREAT in Santa Ana

3,000 children and young people committed themselves to say no to violence and contribute to create a better country in the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT) graduation. “We want our children and young people to be prepared with the necessary tools to make the right choice when the moment comes. We have faith ...
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El Salvador Investment Challenge Committee Sworn-In

The US Ambassador, Mari Carmen Aponte joined by the Acting Country Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Sarah Crawford, and the Executive Director of FOMILENIO II, William Pleites participated in the El Salvador Investment Challenge Committee swearing-in ceremony by the Vice-President and Commissioner for Investment, Oscar Ortiz. This is one of the first actions ...
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CALEE concludes in El Salvador

On Friday September 25th the Central American Law Enforcement Exchange (CALEE), support by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training of the United States (OPDAT), held its closing ceremony. The participants of the CALEE program were from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Panama and El ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry

El Salvador’s National Day On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate El Salvador on the 194th anniversary of its independence on September 15. As the Salvadoran government and people work to address the significant challenges facing the country, the United States renews our commitment to stand with you ...
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FOMILENIO II into Action

The Government of the United States and the Government of El Salvador celebrated the Entry into Force ceremony of the Second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, known as FOMILENIO II. This September 9th marks the starting point for the five years in which FOMILENIO II must successfully implement its three components: Investment Climate, Human Capital and ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

El Salvador Investment Compact Grant Total: $277,000,000 Grant Committed: $9,856,457 Grant Expended: $5,638,924 Signed: September 30, 2014 Entry Into Force: September 9, 2015   At the heart of the compact is a commitment from the Government of El Salvador to partner with the private sector to stimulate more investment and to prioritize and implement reforms ...
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USAID supports Agro-Industry and Food Processing

The United States Embassy in El Salvador, through the United States Agency for International Development USAID, celebrated the launching of the third and fourth clusters or collaborative groups in the Agro-Industry and Food Processing sectors. The effort is framed under the Higher Education Project for the Economic Growth developed by USAID, in association with the ...
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“FORMARTE” Center Will Provide Vocational Training to Nejapa’s Youth

The United States, through the Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Crime and Violence Prevention Project, in conjunction with the Municipality of Nejapa and its “Súmate por Nejapa” initiative, inaugurated the Municipal Vocational Training Center called: “FORMATE”. The ceremony was headed by the U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte; the Mayor of Nejapa, Vladimir Quijada; Deputy Minister ...
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ICE supports dismantling trafficking network in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico

A network of traffickers operating in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States was dismantled, thanks to the cooperation of law enforcers from all countries in the region. As a result of Operation “Lucero” (Starlight), at least 17 people have been arrested for human smuggling in El Salvador. Among those arrested, 7 are being ...
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Security Message for American Citizens: Risk of Violence

On July 29, 2015, this Embassy warned U.S. citizens of an increase in the frequency and intensity of security incidents in El Salvador.  Today’s discovery of an explosive device inside a car parked near the Ministry of Justice and Public Security is evidence of a further escalation in the level of violence.  The Embassy is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution – UPDATE

1. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Risk of Crime and Violence

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the frequency ‎and intensity of security incidents in El Salvador, including multiple attacks on transportation workers and security forces.  The U.S. Embassy is aware that criminal elements in El Salvador have threatened to escalate the level of violence by attacking hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other ...
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USNS Comfort Benefits Thousands of Salvadorans

General check-ups, pediatrics, geriatrics, ophthalmology, dentistry, gastroenterology, and orthopedics were the specialties that were performed in the medical clinics in Acajutla and San Julian. 600 people were treated each day for two weeks, benefiting a total of 14,000 Salvadorans. Although many of the participants of the medical campaigns arrived empty-handed, patients left with medication and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – El Salvador

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain high, and U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their surroundings.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated November 21, 2014, and includes updated information on crime and security in El Salvador. Tens ...
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USNS Comfort comes with “Continuing Promise”

The hospital ship USNS Comfort and its mission “Continuing Promise 2015” arrived in Acajutla, Sonsonate, to begin two weeks of joint work with Salvadoran authorities which are expected to benefit at least 12,000 people with medical assistance. The opening ceremony was headed by Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, the Minister of National Defense, David Munguia Payes, ...
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Emergency Preparedness Training Begins

A group of 15 members of the US Marine Corps who are part of Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-SOUTHCOM (SPMAGTF-SC), arrived in El Salvador on Tuesday. This regional operation was announced by the Southern Command in March. The Marines will participate in joint training with the Ministry of Defense, which will include humanitarian efforts ...
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Thousands of Salvadoran benefited by Medical Brigades

To improve the quality of life for Salvadorans was the objective of the humanitarian exercise “Beyond The Horizons.”  Since its beginning in March, several medical brigades have been executed throughout the country.  The mission has benefited over 30 thousand Salvadorans. The medical brigades have included a variety of services, such as vaccination campaigns, medical care ...
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Court is inaugurated in memory of PNC Agent

On April 28, the US Embassy and the National Civil Police (PNC by its acronym in Spanish) inaugurated an athletic court in the Usulutan Police Delegation, named after the PNC officer Nelson Panameño, who was killed on March 26.  Panameño was one of the instructors from the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT). Under ...
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El Salvador thanks U.S. and France Support for Peace Missions

The Defense Minister, David Munguía Payés recognized Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and French Ambassador Philippe Vinogradoff for their  assistance in the training of the Salvadorans who are part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA by its acronym in Spanish). The Salvadoran blue helmets contingent, at the command of Aviator Pilot ...
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“Beyond The Horizon 2015” Begins

On April 9, United States Embassy in El Salvador and the Salvadoran Ministry of Defense inaugurated the military exercise “Beyond The Horizon 2015” in Estanzuelas School, in the municipality of Quezaltepeque (La Libertad). The exercise will benefit communities in the Departments of Santa Ana, San Salvador and La Libertad. Over the next three months, the ...
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Sports Training Program is Launched

On March 27, the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP Wheels for Humanity, UCP Wheels), in conjunction with the National Ability Center (NAC), launched a sports training program, which is part of a two–year project called “Developing Potential and Expanding Consciousness: An International Sports Project for Persons with Disabilities (DPEA by its acronym in Spanish)”. As part ...
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FOMILENIO II: Ready to Start Work

After being sworn in by President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the Executive Director of FOMILENIO II and members of the Board of Directors are ready to being the implementation process of the program. 21 representatives from the public sector and civil society were sworn at the event, which was held on March 12 at the Presidential ...
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Education USA Facilitates Agreement between UDB and Indian Hills

The US Embassy,through the Office of Student Educational Counseling Education USA facilitated the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University Don Bosco (UDB) and Indian Hills Community College which aims to develop research opportunities through seminars and exchanges of students and teachers. The Vice President of UDB, Oscar Rodriguez, said the memorandum signed ...
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American Chef visits El Salvador

Speaking to a crowd of more than 600 students and instructors from two Salvadoran culinary schools, American chef Hoss Fuentes encouraged them to “cook with passion and express yourselves through your food.” “A career in cooking has its difficulties but also its rewards and joys,” Fuentes said, urging them to take full advantage of their ...
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“Beyond the Horizon 2015” equipment arrives

On Friday March 13, representatives of the US Embassy, ??the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and the Ministry of Defense of El Salvador officially announced the humanitarian exercise “Beyond the Horizon 2015.” The announcement took place with the arrival of equipment and supplies that will support the exercise.  This joint effort between the US and El ...
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ILEA Continues Training Law Enforcement Professionals

The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) opened two courses for female law enforcement officers on March 9 and finalized a “Leadership Development Program” on March 6.  Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte opened the two courses for female law enforcement officers, while the closing ceremony of the Leadership Development Program was attended by Deputy Chief of Mission ...
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MCC Vicepresident Speaks to Students at ESEN

Maame Frimpong, vicepresident of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led a discussion with law students at the School of Economics and Business (ESEN by its acronym in Spanish) on February25. In this roundtable discussion, Frimpong, who is also the Legal Director of MCC, spoke about her experience as a lawyer. Frimpong shared what she learned ...
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ILEA inaugurates Central American Police Academy

The International Law Enforcement Academy San Salvador (ILEA) inaugurated the first phase of the Central American Police Academy Development Project on February Monday 23, 2015. For three days, the directors and deputy directors of police academies in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador will receive training on issues of combating crime and strengthening police institutions. ...
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U.S. Embassy and Vital Voices inaugurate the TechCamp: Entrepreneur Women

Charge d’ Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Michael Barkin, and Alexandra Araujo de Sola, President of the NGO Vital Voices inaugurated “TechCamp: Women Entrepreneurs.” TechCamp is aimed at members of Vital Voices, women entrepreneurs and organizations that work to support and empower women.  Participants will have the opportunity to take part in workshops that seek ...
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Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America

Today, the Administration announced that the President will request an historic $1 billion as part of his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to contribute to the evolution of an economically-integrated Central America that is fully democratic, provides greater economic opportunities to its people, promotes more accountable, transparent, and effective public institutions, and ensures the safety of its ...
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5000 Students to benefit from USAID Project

The Canton Ojo de Agua Public School in Huizúcar, La Libertad was among the most affected schools by Tropical Storm Ida in 2009.  For that reason, the United States through its Agency for International Development (USAID), funded the reconstruction of the school.  The project was launched at a groundbreaking ceremony at the school, which serves ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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