U.S. Assistance for Venezuelans in Colombia

Today, the United States announced an additional $18.5 million in bilateral funding to support displaced Venezuelans in Colombia who have fled the crisis in their country. The United States is coordinating with the Government of Colombia to respond rapidly to the needs of Venezuelans, Colombians, and others who have fled Venezuela, while continuing to move ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert on the United States assisting Venezuelans in need

Effective immediately, the United States is increasing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans in Colombia who were forced to leave their country due to the ongoing crisis created by the Maduro regime. The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing this new initial assistance, totaling $2.5 million, in partnership with the Colombian government. The funds will go ...
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Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on U.S. humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans

Today, the United States announced new humanitarian assistance to support Venezuelans in Colombia, who are fleeing desperate poverty, hunger, and tyranny in their home country. In partnership with Colombia, this initial, and immediate commitment of $2.5 million will provide emergency food and health assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans and the Colombian communities who are hosting them. ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Visit to Latin America

President Donald J. Trump will travel to Peru next month to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima and will meet with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Following the President’s participation at the summit, he will travel to Colombia to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. The trip will be the President’s first to ...
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Under Secretary Shannon’s Travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile February 25-March 3.  The Under Secretary will underscore long-standing U.S. support for bilateral priorities and reaffirm U.S. engagement to promote a safe, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere. In Quito, Ecuador on February 25-27, Under Secretary Shannon will meet ...
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Treasury Targets Colombians Linked to Oficina de Envigado Crime Boss Under Kingpin Act

Action Targets Individuals Working to Undermine Law Enforcement Investigations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated longtime Colombian criminal Javier Garcia Rojas (alias “Maracuya”) and two other Colombian nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at a joint press availability

February 6, 2018, Bogota, Colombia. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first allow me to thank you, President Santos, for the kind welcome I’ve received in Colombia and for the opportunity for us to have such a meaningful meeting and exchange on views on a number of import issues. And it’s truly a pleasure to be in Colombia ...
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Remarks of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere

February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

  Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico;  Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7.  The Secretary will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, ...
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Operations during a lapse in appropriations

The Embassy of the United States in Colombia will continue to provide essential services to American citizens and to non-immigrant and immigrant visa applicants during the lapse in appropriations of the United States government. Other Embassy regular functions will be affected. Changes to the Embassy’s services will be announced on the Embassy website, Facebook and ...
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U.S. efforts towards “Antioquia libre de coca”

After half a century of war, the people of Colombia have a chance for peace. However, the continuing scourge of narcotrafficking undermines the chance for real progress for Colombians, leaving a trail of blood, dirty money, and broken families in its wake. Colombians deserve to benefit from the security, development, and economic opportunity that peace ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The AC, which seeks to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution and dissolve Venezuelan ...
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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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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy there.  The sanctions come ahead of the planned July ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Decision On The President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780,  “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly fashion, consistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous order, and in ...
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Bomb at Andino Mall

We express our sincere condolences to relatives and friends of those affected by the explosion in Andino Shopping Center. The United States stands by to provide any support requested by the Colombian authorities. Please see message U.S. citizens here . The Embassy recommends that American citizens follow Colombian National Police and local media reports for updates ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Vice President – Miami, Florida   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital. President Trump ...
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Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-along with ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

President Donald J. Trump met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia.  President Trump underscored the United States Government’s support for the successful implementation of Colombia’s historic peace accord and highlighted the need for Colombia to make quick ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury – Office of Public Affairs Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order 13692.  The designated officials, members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia or TSJ), are responsible for a ...
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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

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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Statement from Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Situation in Venezuela

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS – Office of Press and Public Diplomacy We are deeply concerned about the Maduro government’s violent crackdown on protestors in Venezuela. President Maduro’s disregard for the fundamental rights of his own people has heightened the political and economic crisis in the country. The Maduro regime must respect Venezuela’s ...
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Non-Violence and Accountability During Protests in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON. 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 continuing series of court decisions against the members of the freely-elected National ...
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Venezuela: Maduro Government Must Stop Silencing Opposition Voices

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States views with grave concern the Venezuelan government’s actions to bar Miranda State Governor Henrique Capriles—a prominent, democratically-elected member of Venezuela’s political opposition and former presidential candidate—from participating in the country’s public life for 15 years. We ...
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Statement by President Donald Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary – Mar-a-Lago, Florida   THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal ...
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U.S. Embassy expresses condolences, pledges support on Mocoa landslide

The U.S. Embassy stands with Colombia following the terrible disaster and loss of life in Mocoa. We are supporting the efforts of CNP aviacion helicopters which are providing essential services in the rescue response effort. The U.S. government stands ready to continue to support Colombia at this difficult moment and is looking for additional ways ...
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Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – Statemeny by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson. 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 people the ...
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump; Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon; and the 2017 International Women of Courage Award recipients.  (Applause.) UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Good morning.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the State Department and the 2017 International Women of Courage ...
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Speeches: Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Remarks – Michael J. Fitzpatrick – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs – Washington, DC Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Secretary General, Distinguido Vice-Canciller de Venezuela, Representantes Permanentes, Damas y caballeros: muy buenas tardes a todos y a todas. This meeting is happening today because of the constructive spirit of a majority of member ...
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Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on the attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson. On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.  We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled ...
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Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect ...
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President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs President Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security ...
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Venezuela: Political Prisoners Should be Released Immediately

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC   President Trump called on Venezuela on February 15 to release opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on the specious charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014. The Venezuelan Supreme Court denied his ...
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President Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: 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 restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process.

Today’s announcement regarding the “end of conflict” in Colombia is welcome news to the people of that country and to all who desire peace.  I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their ...
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Representative Engel Statement On Breakthrough In Colombia Peace Talks

WASHINGTON, DC: Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the progress of peace talks in Colombia: I welcome yesterday’s announcement by President Santos of major breakthroughs in peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  When ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process (September 23)

September 23, 2015 Colombia Peace Process I am very pleased to see that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations:  transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement. The announcements made today at the peace ...
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U.S. Citizens Need To Replace Indefinite Cedulas de Extranjeria with new Cedula by July 23, 2015.

The U.S. Embassy Bogota would like to inform all U.S. citizens residing in Colombia on an indefinite residence permit, the so-called “cedula de extranjeria (C.E.),” that they need to apply at Colombian Immigration (Migracion Colombia) for a new residence permit prior to July 24, 2015.  Migracion Colombia will issue a new cedula valid for five ...
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U.S. Embassy implementing new On-Time procedure to reduce wait time for visa applicants

Bogotá, May 27, 2015 In an effort to help reduce everyone’s time waiting in line, beginning June 1, 2015 visa applicants should arrive to the U.S. Embassy at the time of their appointment and no earlier.  Applicants will only be permitted to enter the Embassy compound at the time of their appointment.  Previously the Embassy ...
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Treasury Sanctions Guarín Loaiza Drug Trafficking Organization

Washington, May 22, 2015   Targets Members of a Colombian Maritime Drug Trafficking Organization The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated José Berley Guarín Loaiza as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his significant role in international narcotics ...
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United States and Colombia Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

On May 20, 2015, Ambassador Kevin Whitaker and Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) intergovernmental agreement, aimed at combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency through the exchange of tax information. FATCA is rapidly becoming the global model for combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency.  Enacted in ...
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U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue, High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, and Action Plan for Racial and Ethnic Equality – April 27-28

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue and the Steering Committee for the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality, and join the High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue led by Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, during his April 27-28 travel to Bogota, Colombia. This ...
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Broward man pleads guilty for traveling to Colombia to have sex with minors

A Broward man pleaded guilty to several child exploitation charges resulting from his travels to Colombia to engage in illicit sexual activity with two minors. The arrest followed an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami and HSI’s attaché office in Colombia; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the Department ...
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U.S. Embassy Bogota’s Carrera Verde Achieves Gold-Level Environmental Certification

On Earth Day 2015, the U.S. Embassy Bogota is proud to announce that Colombia’s first Carrera Verde has achieved Gold-Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport , based in Eugene, Oregon, USA.  Carrera Verde—a 10-kilometer race held in Bogota on February 22, 2015—was co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy and Fundación Natura, a Colombia-based non-governmental environmental organization.  The race ...
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Statement from Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

The U.S. Government holds all of its employees to the highest standards of conduct at home and abroad.  These standards of course apply to the members of the U.S. Mission in Colombia.  If an individual fails to adhere to this standard, the Mission conducts an investigation of the case, in cooperation with Colombian authorities when appropriate.  ...
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HSI, Colombian Authorities Rescue 55 Sex Trafficking Victims, All Minors

An international undercover law enforcement operation culminated Saturday with the arrests of 12 individuals involved in sex trafficking and the rescue of 55 sex trafficking victims, all minors. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Colombia and the Colombian Attorney General’s Technical Investigative Corps Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (CTI ...
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Letter from the President — Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Madam Chairman:) (Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:) (Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:) This report to the Congress, under section 804(a) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1903(b)(1) (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following three foreign individuals as appropriate for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of ...
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Nine Universities Win 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grants to Expand Study Abroad

Studying abroad just got easier. The Department of State announced on May 25 the nine universities selected to receive the latest round of 100,000 Strong in the Americas innovation grants. Since January, twenty three grants have been awarded to universities across the hemisphere. This round of grants, sponsored by Santander Universities, incentivizes universities to provide ...
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