PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  (Jan. 18, 2010) U.S. Navy SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transport water and supplies from the airport to areas around Port-au-Prince. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

Protecting U.S. Citizens at Home and Abroad

We champion the security of Americans at home by disrupting illicit networks and cutting off trafficking routes that lead to the United States while remaining vigilant to threats posed by external state and non-state actors. Our security assistance aims to defeat and destroy transnational criminal organizations (TCO’s) and prevent the extreme violence perpetrated in local communities and neighborhoods.  We support DHS’s efforts to secure our border . Abroad, we make the safety and security of our citizens our top priority by ensuring Americans have the right information and providing consular assistance. The United States’ partnerships with the nations of the Western Hemisphere to create tangible benefits for Americans and more secure communities for citizens in our partner nations.

Learn more about our how we protect U.S. citizens and work with our partners:

Central America

We protect American citizens by combatting drivers of illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, which in turn increases opportunities for U.S. businesses and their partners throughout the hemisphere. Learn more about our strategy and how it keeps U.S. citizens safe.

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)

CBSI brings members of the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic to collaborate on regional security with the United States as a partner. Learn more about the initiative.


To address transnational crime, the United States and Mexico collaborate to dismantle the business model of TCOs and reduce the supply of illicit opioids and other drugs to the United States, keeping Americans safe. Learn more about this initiative.

U.S. Department of State

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