Fighting Criminal Networks Through Law Enforcement Networks

Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officials from across the country descend on Washington, D.C. to participate in National Police Week.  This year, the Department of State recognized many of these state and local officials for their contributions to peace and security around the world in a ceremony held today at the State Department.  Today, the Department recognized the excellent federal, state, and local partners that help us build law enforcement, corrections, and judicial capacities throughout the world. MORE

U.S. Government Investments in Haiti’s Rebuilding and Renewal

Fact Sheet
Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator
January 11, 2013

In early 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made Haiti a foreign policy priority and committed to working to change the way we partnered with Haiti. For more than three and a half years, the U.S. Government (USG) has worked closely to be a good partner to the government and people of Haiti. After the devastating earthquake of 2010, the U.S. worked to support the Government of Haiti (GOH) and meet the most immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs on the ground. For some time the U.S. pursued two tracks of engagement and has ensured that they complement one another: the first to address immediate humanitarian and emergency aid needs; and the second to continue to pursue a strategy to promote long-term sustainable development in Haiti.

Below is a high-level overview of some of the U.S. contributions to help Haiti on a path to economic prosperity and political stability. MORE

Celebrating Partnerships Around the World

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez introduces President Barack Obamas video message at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 11, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kris M. Balderston serves as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships within the Office of the Secretary of State.

We can achieve more together than we can alone.

That simple statement underscored the premise of the first Global Partnerships Week, which we marked December 9-15, 2012. I saw the power of partnerships firsthand in Dubai, where I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and our Partners for a New Beginning initiative, while our embassies and missions around the world, from Japan to Brazil, spotlighted the value of partnering with the private sector.

Through educational and media events, competitions, and challenges, we’ve seen the State Department recognize the importance of collaborating with the private sector. In Honduras, for example, the Embassy launched a partnership with a local telecommunications company to provide Internet, cable, and phone access at youth outreach centers. In Haiti, Ambassador Pamela White hosted a reception for businesses… more »

All-Female Peacekeeping Unit Highlights Role of Women in Facilitating Peace and Security

Peruvian peacekeeper serving in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, also known as MINUSTAH. The Department of States Global Peace Operations Initiative facilitated the unit's training through improvements to Perus training facilities, training assistance, and by providing deployment equipment. [U.S. Department of State photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Joshua R. Downes serves in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

With today’s challenges, UN peacekeepers continue to play an essential role in furthering global peace and stability. Supporting these efforts is the United States’ Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). GPOI has worked tirelessly to build the peacekeeping capacity of countries currently contributing or preparing to contribute forces to global peacekeeping operations.

Recently, in response to a growing demand for female involvement at all levels of international peacekeeping, Peru developed an all-female peacekeeping unit with members from all of its military branches, trained them in international peacekeeping, and deployed elements of the unit to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in January 2011. GPOI facilitated the unit’s participation in the… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Caracol Industrial Park Opening Ceremony in Cap Haitien, Haiti on October 22, 2012. [Go to for more video and text transcript.]

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Haiti

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to northern Haiti on October 22. This marks the Secretary’s first trip to the North of Haiti. She will highlight leveraging of diplomacy by the Department in support of innovative USAID development models, which focus on partnering with the Government of Haiti, international partners, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to catalyze economic development.

The Secretary will deliver remarks on “A New Day in Haiti” at the formal opening of Caracol Industrial Park, showcasing the region’s achievements in agri-business, energy, light manufacturing, tourism, and artisan crafts. She… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson, State Department Director of Policy Planning Jake Sullivan, and U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall discuss their work at the UN General Assembly in New York. [Go to for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Haiti Partners Ministerial meeting in New York, New York on September 27, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Haiti Partners Ministerial meeting in New York, New York on September 27, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe at the Treaty Room in Washington, DC on July 24, 2012. [Go to for more video and text transcript.]

Progress in Haiti

Josette Colin discusses how her earthquake-damaged home was made habitable again by USAID/OFDA-funded Pan American Development Foundation teams in the Simmond-Pele neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shelter solutions by USAID, including repairs of damaged homes, transitional shelters and rental support, alone have benefited more than 328,000 people. [Photo by Kendra Helmer/USAID]

About the Author: Thomas C. Adams serves as Haiti Special Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State, and Mark Feierstein serves as Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID).

Progress in Haiti

The government of Haiti recently addressed the double bind their country often faces when the international media covers the development that is occurring in Haiti, identifying either how development is slow in coming or that the development that is occurring is harmful. We anticipate an upcoming AP article may reflect this same perspective. Haiti is working tirelessly to overcome adversity that existed even before the earthquake and to begin to build a stable and sustainable foundation for economic prosperity and societal stability.

Like many other Haiti donors, the United States government has been a proud partner of the government and people of Haiti. We have approached our work in a fundamentally different way. We have followed the lead of the government and people of Haiti, and we have sought for our development assistance… more »