June 8, 2020: Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the designation of former Guatemalan Presidential Chief of Staff Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara for his involvement in significant corruption. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) described Alejos Cambara's alleged crimes in greater detail in press release on August 5, 2019. Today, I am announcing the public designation … Continue reading June 8, 2020: Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs led a special briefing on developments in the Americas that touched on a number of topics, including the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador, a political crisis in Guyana, increased pressure on Maduro in Venezuela, and the concerning authoritarian actions of President Bekele in El Salvador. MR BROWN:  … Continue reading April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere

April 13, 2020: United States Continues U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provided an update on the United States' effort to pressure El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to take actions to prevent migration to the US by withholding foreign assistance to the Northern Triangle nations. Today I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to continue additional targeted U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, … Continue reading April 13, 2020: United States Continues U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

January 31, 2020: Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abusers in Guatemala

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus published the following press statement on the extradition of Francisco Cuxum Alvarado to Guatemala to face charges of human rights abuses. WBUR reported that Cuxum Alvarado was a member of a civil militia which committed human rights abuses against indigenous Guatemalans during the civil war and had been living and … Continue reading January 31, 2020: Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abusers in Guatemala

December 19, 2019: Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and His Drug Trafficking Organization

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus released the following press statement announcing sanctions against Guatemalan mayor Erik Suñiga Rodriguez by the Treasury Department under the Kingpin Act. The United States is committed to preventing and combating narcotics trafficking globally.  Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Guatemalan mayor Erik … Continue reading December 19, 2019: Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and His Drug Trafficking Organization