Weaving it all together

By Laura McCarthy for USAID In the small rural village of Inoa in Dominican Republic’s Santiago Province, Angela Luna was at the point of desperation in March 2010. A mother of three, Luna left her husband in 2007 because he was an alcoholic. On her own to raise and support a family and living in …

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Voting Message 

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return …

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Cacao, a true treasure

By Laura McCarthy for USAID Some of the world’s best chocolate starts in the Dominican Republic. Derived from the cacao bean, quality chocolate depends on a high quality bean; and many international chocolate companies are willing to pay premium prices to get it. Indigenous to the Caribbean, the forest-friendly cacao tree can be a valuable …

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America Acts

By Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa When a global health crisis arises, America does not wait to be called; we respond with aid and support. Throughout history, when the planet has faced crises, America always has acted boldly to save lives and sustain and strengthen a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. Foreign-assistance programs through the …

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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete …

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Video: How to prepare for hurricanes in the middle of a pandemic?

It is always important to be prepared in case a disaster occurs or in case you have an emergency. For the Embassy of the United States, disaster preparedness is essential for the safety and security of Dominicans and Americans alike, and it is one of Ambassador Bernstein’s priorities. The Dominican Republic and other islands in …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 20,126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 539 …

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World Oceans Day 2020

By: David Maher Today we celebrate World Oceans Day.  Every June 8th the world raises global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean.  USAID in the Dominican Republic is actively working to protect the marine environment around Hispaniola in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti with the goal of improving conditions around the …

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Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

When hurricanes barrel close to communities, many people’s first instincts are to protect themselves from the high winds that threaten to flatten homes and snap trees in half. But, in fact, storm surges — or rising waters created by the storm — pose a far more dangerous and deadly threat. By: USAID/OFDA What is Storm …

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Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to …

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Studying urban landscapes along USAID and the USFS

By: USAID-DR Meet Maria Paulino, one of the professionals who received technical assistance and capacity building to further develop local biologists and expand ornithological studies in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, Maria joined Dr. Wayne Arendt, an ornithologist and wildlife biologist from the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in Puerto Rico, and two researchers …

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CDC-DR’s Epidemiologist, Dr. Luis Bonilla, Engaging in the Caribbean Region for Over Ten Years

By: Juan Reyes When disease outbreaks or other health threats emerge, epidemiologists are on the scene to investigate. Often called “disease detectives,” epidemiologists search for the cause of a disease, identify people who are at risk, determine how to control or stop the spread and prevent a recurrence of the disease. Physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and …

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USAID facilitated rural community’s access to international agricultural markets

By: Laura McCarthy for USAID In Vallejuelo, one of the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic, farmers’ traditional crops, such as onions and beans, are failing to compete with imported varieties and prices. The Junta de Productores de Vallejuelo, a producer organization, is working to change that as it develops the valley’s production capacity, provides …

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U.S. commits additional $2 million for the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

May 1, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government announced an additional $2 million in assistance for a total of $3.4 million to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.  The funds will be managed through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic. The $3.4 …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previous donations to the Dominican Republic are critical today

By: Juan Reyes In today’s interconnected world, a disease emerging in any part of the world can potentially become a health threat in the U.S., in the Dominican Republic or anywhere else.  Infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus disease or, better known as COVID-19, know no borders nor boundaries.  For this reason, CDC works …

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U.S.-D.R. Military Cooperation and Capacity Building is put into action in the face of COVID-19

By: William Medina The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has over 18 offices that work to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the United States and the Dominican Republic.  One of those is the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) which promotes U.S. foreign policy by enhancing the long-term bilateral defense relationship between the …

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USAID: Improving reading skills of Dominican children

USAID’s Read program has  improved the reading skills of 200,000 students in more than 370 schools in targeted communities.  By David Maher World Book Day is Thursday, April 23, 2020!  We are excited to promote and support reading in the Dominican Republic.  World Book Day is a celebration encouraging everyone to gain a renewed respect …

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10 years improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the Dominican Republic

By: David Maher & Esther Zeledon, PhD Water is vital for life, and access to safe, clean water is a basic human right.  For nearly six decades, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with the Dominican Republic to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable, investing over …

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Dominican Republic’s Emergency Operation Center ready to assist in COVID-19 response after assistance from the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has a long history of engaging our Dominican partners. By: William Medina The U.S. government (USG) has enabled the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be ready to respond to a natural disaster or an unforeseen emergency such as COVID-19 through its various programs, trainings and donations.  Both the Office for Security Cooperation (OSC) …

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United States-Dominican Republic: Partners in Security and COVID-19

By: William Medina The United States and the Dominican Republic enjoy a strong bilateral security cooperation. Security cooperation efforts include emergency preparedness training and financial assistance for the Dominican government to better serve its citizenry during a disaster.  As the world confronts COVID-19 together, we see how these resources and trainings are being put into …

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U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!

Routine Message – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 23, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Voting in the 2020 Elections from Overseas U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!   Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in …

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United States Supports IFES Technical Assistance in the Dominican Republic

The United States supports free, fair, and transparent elections in the Dominican Republic and around the world.  A democratic, prosperous, secure Dominican Republic is in both our interest.  The United States Government, via the U. S. Agency for International Development, is pleased to support the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to provide technical assistance …

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Ambassador Bernstein’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce’s Thanksgiving Luncheon

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein “Opportunities and Challenges for Increasing Foreign Investment” Embajador Hotel Wednesday, November 27, 2019   Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here with you today, sharing in this tradition. Thanksgiving is the time when families and friends come together, as we are here today, to give thanks for all that has …

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U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic November 20th 2019   The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Santiago to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind …

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USNS Comfort to visit Dominican Republic

The visit by the Comfort is in coordination with the Dominican Ministry of Defense in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Service (SNS) The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Dominican Republic October 16-21.  The ship will dock at the San Souci port and conduct a …

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Meet Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan

By Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of …

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Ambassador Bernstein Celebrates First Anniversary in the Dominican Republic

By Ambassador Robin Bernstein One year ago, I embarked on one of the most magnificent journeys of my life.  On my year anniversary as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – I can truly say I feel like I belong here.  The friendly people, the rich culture, the beautiful places: the Dominican Republic has …

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Meet Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco

By Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of …

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Javier Means Business: A Day in the Life of a Commercial Specialist at FCS

By: Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern Javier Suárez is a specialist working for the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Javier is part of the local staff, and has been helping Americans and Dominicans connect and build successful business relationships for four years. The Foreign Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department …

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U.S. and Dominican Forces are training together to build relations, sharpen combat skills and improve interoperability

By Graham Swaney, Public Diplomacy Intern For the month of July the U.S. 20th Special Forces Group is participating in Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with the Dominican Republic’s Unidad de Comando Especial Contraterrorismo (Special Counterterrorism Command Unit). The forces are training in a variety of skills designed to help improve Dominican operational planning and …

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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited the Dominican Republic, where he met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation in the Dominican …

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OPIC Representatives and Ambassador Bernstein Meet With President Medina

Danilo Medina sostiene reunión de traba ” ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) by  PresidenciaRD During a visit to the country, representatives of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) met with President Danilo Medina, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Robin Bernstein, other embassy officials and representatives of American companies. OPIC president and CEO Ray W. Washburne, vice president and general counsel William Doffermyre, and senior adviser on energy issues Deaver Alexander III participated in the meeting. From …

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United States Government Supports Program to Improve Assistance to Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the launching of a program to improve and adapt the gender-based violence victims’ assistance unit in Santo Domingo West. The renovation of the unit is part of the National Plan Against Gender Violence, which includes improvements to the nineteen units that existed before its …

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Dominican Youth Grow With Support From the United States

To Celebrate International Youth Day on August 12, we are sharing success stories of Dominican youth who have found and taken advantage of new career and personal development opportunities with support from the United States Government. Lucy Every day, young mothers such as Lucy seek opportunities to build a better future for their children. Lucy’s …

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Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State Appropriations Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 MEDIA NOTE Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. K, P.L. 115-141 The Department is publicly designating Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario under …

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U.S. Response to the Impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

The Embassy thanks you for your interest and support as our country deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We would like to update you on the ongoing relief efforts. The U.S. Government response, led by FEMA, and including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast …

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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be …

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U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo donates two mobile clinics to offer health services in communities of Santiago and Puerto Plata

Santiago, Dominican Republic.- On behalf of the United States Government, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Nelson Arboleda, delivered two mobile clinics to Dominican institutions that offer community health and HIV / AIDS services in the provinces of Santiago and …

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U.S. Donates 15 Vehicles to Dominican Armed Forces

Santo Domingo –Today, the Dominican Ministry of Defense received a donation of 15 Jeep J-8 Troop Mobility Vehicles from the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. The handover ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, the Chief of the Dominican Navy Vice Admiral Miguel Enrique Peña Acosta, the  Commander …

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United States Southern Command conducts training with Dominican Air Force

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Southern Command’s Mobile Training Team began today a training cycle for the Dominican Republic Air Force’s Rotating Wing Maintenance Command, focused on helicopter maintenance for emergency situations. The US military personnel were invited by the Dominican Air Force to strengthen emergency management skills, ensuring that aircraft maintenance technicians …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick M. Dunn at the Canine Program Donation Ceremony

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick M. Dunn Canine Program Donation Ceremony National Canine Academy, Bonao, March 10, 2017   Vice Admiral Félix Pimentel Brigadier General  Frugis Martínez Good morning. Two years ago, the United States and the Dominican Republic set a shared goal to create a first-class National Canine Academy.  To meet that goal, …

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U.S. Embassy Makes Donation to DNCD, CESFRONT and 911 Program

The donation includes canine service dogs and vehicles to support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to improve citizen security Bonao, Dominican Republic–   At a handover ceremony held this morning at the National Canine Academy in Bonao, the U.S. Embassy reaffirmed its commitment to supporting citizen security efforts with a donation of 40 service canines and transport …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn’s Remarks at Reception in Honor of FAS Deputy Administrator Mrs. Jocelyn Brown

Remarks as prepared   I am very pleased to welcome you to this reception in honor of Mrs. Jocelyn Brown, Deputy Administrator at the Office of Capacity Building and Development of the United States Department of Agriculture. This visit is a sample of the long and fruitful cooperation between the United States and the Dominican …

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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Defense Announce the Civic-Military Assistance Program “New Horizons 2017”

The humanitarian assistance program includes free medical services and the construction of three clinics and a vocational school in the southern region of the country. Dominican Republic.- The Ministry of Defense (MIDE) and the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo announced the beginning of the civic-military humanitarian assistance program, which includes the construction of three clinics, …

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