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U.S. Government and Dominican Republic engage in bilateral high-level dialogue addressing
institutional reforms and citizen security
April 28, 2021


This dialogue is a symbol of the support of the United States to the efforts of the Dominican Government in the establishment of its National Citizen Security Strategy.

Santo Domingo, N.D.- Dominican and U.S. government authorities, under the leadership of President Luis Abinader and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Embassy, Robert Thomas, held a bilateral dialogue to collaborate on citizen security programs, including the National Citizen Security Strategy and institutional reforms, including the National Police, the public procurement system and government oversight entities.

During this first meeting, the group comprised of the U.S. delegation and members of the Dominican cabinet also discussed other topics of interest such as the asset forfeiture law and combating human trafficking.

Representing the United States Embassy were William Swaney, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission; Todd Christiansen, Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); Rebecca Latorraca, Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Alexander T. Bryan, Political and Economic Counselor and Alex Titolo, Counselor for Public Affairs; Eric Wolff, Commercial Counselor; Sherie Rebollo, Legal Attaché; and David Billings, Deputy Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

On behalf of the Dominican Government were Rubén Silié, Vice Minister for Multilateral Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lisandro Macarrulla, Minister of the Presidency; José Manuel (Jochi) Vicente, Minister of Finance; Jesús (“Chú”) Vásquez, Minister of Interior and Police; Mayra Jiménez, Minister of Women; Major General Edward Ramón Sánchez González, Director General of the National Police; Miriam Germán, Attorney General; Antoliano Peralta, Advisor to the President; and Janel Andrés Ramírez of the Audit Chamber.

This dialogue is a symbol of the support of the United States towards the efforts of the Dominican Government in the establishment of the National Citizen Security Strategy. It also reflects the long history of cooperation and shared values between the two countries, such as transparency, institutionalism and respect for human rights.