Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:15


Mr. Scott Hamilton
Central America Director
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Paloma Adams-Allen
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau
U.S. Agency for International Development

The Honorable Alan D. Bersin
Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer
Office of Policy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:32

Combining the State and Defense Department’s FY 2016 requests, the administration is seeking to provide at least $18.7 billion in security assistance worldwide in FY 2016, a 5 percent increase from FY 2015 and a 13.2 percent increase from FY 2014 (see Figure 1). These totals come from a new Security Assistance Monitor fact sheet released today as part of a briefing we’re sponsoring entitled “Assessing Proposed U.S. Security Assistance to Africa, Latin America & Middle East.”

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:38
The EastWest Institute has released a new report by a working group of Russian and U.S. experts on how the United States and Russia can jointly combat narcotrafficking out of Afghanistan. The current publication comes at a time of increased tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine, which is detrimentally affecting joint efforts elsewhere in the world. “(…) [C]ooperation between the United States and Russia may not come easily even when confronting a common threat. Fallout from the Ukraine crisis has damaged the bilateral relationship to an extent that will take years to repair,” the study notes pessimistically.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:54
Along with three of his brothers, he is accused of large-scale cocaine trafficking through the Colombia-Honduras-Guatemala route to Mexico, with final destination to the United States.
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 05:11
DEA agents in Colombia engaged in sex parties with prostitutes hired by drug traffickers, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 05:16
Some reports are calling today’s arrest of Comandante Ramas, as “the man who was the replacement for Z42”, “Z40’s closest compadre”, And “the greatest target subsequent to Z42”.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:19
Antioquia's Military Guard partnered with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) and the Attorney General’s Office to capture the alleged leader of the La Esmeralda narcotrafficking gang in Antioquia
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 05:35
During the weekend, Mexican Federal forces headed by the Marina captured five presumed criminals of Los Zetas cartel in two different actions in the state of Nuevo Leon
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 06:53
Agents of the Office of Customs and Border Protection, confiscated this morning 2.3 tonnes of Marijuana in a sophisticated narco tunnel located in the city of Naco, Arizona, 355 kilometres north east of the Sonora Capital.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 09:03

On Monday, the State Department sent to Congress more details about its big request for US$1 billion in 2016 assistance to Central America, as part of next year'€™s foreign aid budget proposal. Compared to 2014, this US$1 billion package would mean a tripling of foreign aid budget assistance to the region, especially to the three "Northern Triangle" countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), which suffer very high violent crime levels.