Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will travel to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Colombia February 6-11, 2011. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will accompany Assistant Secretary Brownfield on his trip and participate in all of the meetings. Assistant Secretary Brownfield’s visit will demonstrate U.S. support and encourage continued partnership between the U.S., the governments of Central America, and other international donors to improve citizen security in the region.
On February 7, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will meet with President Alvaro Colom, Minister of Government Carlos Menocal, Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, Police Reform Commissioner Helen Mack, Congressional leaders, and other members of the Guatemalan government to discuss a renewed strategy to improve citizen safety in the region. They will also visit the municipality of Mixco and meet with Mayor Amilcar Rivera to discuss the U.S.-supported Model Police Precinct program and its positive impact on citizen safety.
On February 8, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will meet with Salvadoran Vice Minister of Justice Henry Campos, Prison Director Douglas Moreno, Police Commissioner Carlos Ascensio, and Attorney General Romeo Barahona to discuss ongoing efforts to build law enforcement capacity in El Salvador. They will visit the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as well as the Transnational Anti-Gang headquarters, two locations at which the United States is assisting regional efforts to dismantle transnational criminal organizations.
On February 9, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will travel to Honduras, where they will meet with Secretary of State for Security Oscar Alvarez and participate in a Bilateral Central American Regional Security Initiative (Merida/CARSI) Task Force meeting co-chaired by U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa. They will discuss efforts by both governments to jointly address the deteriorating security situation, including targeted assistance programs such as the dispatching of U.S. advisors to strengthen Honduras’ investigative and prosecutorial capabilities.
On February 10, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will arrive in Colombia, meeting with the Prosecutor General Viviane Morales, Commander of the Armed Forces Admiral Edgar Cely, and Director of the Colombian National Police General Oscar Naranjo. During these meetings, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will thank Colombia for its contributions to regional security and explore avenues for enhanced regional cooperation, taking into account lessons learned in Colombia. Secretary Brownfield will also visit a U.S.-supported anti-drug program designed to educate students about the effects of drug trafficking and consumption.