Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent media – the Nicaraguan people have taken to ...
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Welcome Remarks July 4 Celebration

Ambassador Sharon Day Welcome Remarks July 4 Celebration Tuesday, July 3, 6:00 PM President of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Chinchilla Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Epsy Campbell Members of the Diplomatic Corps Representatives of the Government of Costa Rica Ladies and Gentleman Buenas Noches…Bienvenidos todos This ...
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Renewed Multi-Purpose Track

Dulce Nombre de Cartago, 16 de mayo de 2018 The U.S. Embassy and the Municipality of Cartago joined efforts to improve the Dulce Nombre multi-purpose track and provide a safe place where community members can practice sports, and enjoy healthy lifestyles. By means of the Bureau of International Antinarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the ...
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The American Corner Celebrates Its 11th Anniversary

11 years ago, the American Corner opened its doors to the public. Located in the Limon Public Library, residents have access to free information about the United States through books, compact discs, complimentary access to Internet and cultural events. More than 110,000 people have taken advantage of the didactic resources available in the American Corner, ...
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An Agreement between the United States and Costa Rica Will Allow the Evaluation of Its Underground Waters

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the U.S. Geological Service signed an agreement to evaluate Costa Rican aquifers that will provide Costa Rica with clearer information related to its underground water sources. The agreement entitled “Mapping of the Ground Water Hydric Resource in Costa Rica” will be developed in 14 months and will ...
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Costa Rican Coast Guard Officers in Training in Baltimore

The 44 person Costa Rican Coast Guard crew that has assumed command of two 110 feet cutters donated by the United States are receiving special training from their U.S. counterparts at the U.S. Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore. The training that begin in January and will end in April will prepare the crew to command, ...
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All-terrain Vehicle reinforces Surveillance of Costa Rican Borders

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated an all-terrain vehicle to the Costa Rican Border Police for the transportation of materials and supplies. The vehicle, valued in $122,500, supports the surveillance work the Border Police performs while surveying hundreds of kilometers in the borders with Nicaragua and Panama with their 400 ...
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Costa Rican Coast Guards in Baltimore

Baltimore The members of the two crews that will be in charge of the two 1110 feet cutters that the United States donated and already transferred to the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service already arrived to Baltimore. The 44 Coast Guard officers are in the Baltimore U.S. Coast Guard shipyard for a three-month training ...
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Costa Rica Will Have Its First Female Helicopter Pilot

Yuriana Arnesto will be Costa Rica’s first female helicopter pilot. She is currently participating in the basic course for pilots at the Colombian Armed Forces School of Helicopters, thanks to U.S. Embassy sponsorship and the support of a U.S. Southern Command special program. The course lasts eight months. By March, 2018, Yuriana will return to ...
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After One Year, TeachHer Yields Results

TeachHer San Jose, November 30th, 2017 The TeachHer program was created to encourage adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers one year ago in Costa Rica. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Da y celebrated 12 months of trainings, workshops and community service projects with approximately 250 students; Costa Rican First Lady Mercedes Penas; Ministry ...
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Costa Rican Forensics Labs Are Accredited with U.S. Support

Costa Rican Forensics Labs are now internationally accredited thanks to support from the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Now the labs fulfill the ISO 17020 and 17025 specifications for forensics topics in toxicology, chemical analysis and biochemistry, which represent 60 percent of the tasks that the forensics labs in ...
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Ambassador Sharon Day meets with U.S. Fulbright grantees in Costa Rica

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. During the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the program, organized by the Costa Rican Fulbright Alumni Association, Ambassador Day had the ...
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Attention Participants in Diversity Visa Lottery 2019

Due to technical issues with the website  www.dvlottery.state.gov  all enrollments made prior to October 18th, 2017 will need to be resubmitted. Therefore, if you registered for the Diversity Visa Lottery before October 18th, 2017, you may submit a new entry through  www.dvlottery.state.gov  without fear of disqualification for submitting more than one entry. The current registration period for ...
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Costa Rica’s National Day

Friday, September 15, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON On behalf of the Government of the United States, we congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the196th anniversary of your independence on September 15th. The strength and depth of our countries´ relationship is evident not only in our joint efforts to promote regional prosperity and security, ...
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The U.S. Government Wants to Implement Program to Reduce Inspections

Costa Rica is among the countries that could be part of a new program the U.S. government wants to implement to reduce inspection times for Costa Rican exports at the different U.S. ports of entry. The Offshore Cuttings Pilot Certification is in its initial phases at four Central American country – Costa Rica, Guatemala, El ...
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Community College STEM Scholarship Program

In July, U.S. Embassy San Jose, Minister of Education Sonia Marta Mora, CRUSA President David Gutierrez and Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) President Luis Gamboa announced a new scholarship program to send promising Costa Rican students from Costa Rica’s public vocational high schools and public schools with International Baccalaureate programs to study STEAM fields ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 was awarded to Costa Rica to preserve the World Heritage Pre-Columbian Site Finca 6

The United States Embassy will donate approximately $ 39,000 (or 22,000,000 colones) to preserve the archaeological site, Finca 6, a World Heritage site consisting of the stone spheres of the Diquís delta in the south of the country, connecting the country to its pre-columbian past. Specifically, the funds will be used by the local conservation ...
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Ambassador Haney Visits to the Southern Zone

U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney traveled to the southern zone of the country from April 3-6 where he visited many sights, including the Corcovado National Park, the Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Puerto Jimenez and its English students sponsored by the U.S. government, and the Finca 6 Archeological Museum, a world patrimony site that Ambassador Haney ...
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Vice President Pence Praises Costa Rica’s Role as Key Partner

Washington D.C. – March 17, 2017 U.S. Vice President Michael Pence met with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis at the White House on March 17, 2017. The Vice President praised Costa Rica’s role as key partner of the United States in promoting regional economic prosperity, security, and good governance throughout the hemisphere. The two ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program Sixth Generation

54 students from public high schools were granted with a two-year English Access Microscholarship training that allowed them to study English, leadership, community services, environment and multicultural understanding. This group from the Liceo de Poas de Alajuela and the Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Educacion Comercial y de Servicios (Cotepecos) is the sixth generation graduating with ...
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New English Program Presents Monitoring and Follow Up Strategy

San José, February 17th, 2017 The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) presented the monitoring and follow up strategy they will use for the new English programs implemented this year for the first time for first and seventh grades countrywide. The new English programs are developed by linguistics, listening and understanding competences, reason why it is ...
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Technology Is Used for Transparency and Accountability

  50 Central Americans, Mexicans and Panamanians participated in the three-day PeaceTech Exchange Costa Rica (#PTXCR) to learn how to take advantage of technology as a tool to solve problems in their communities, improve government transparency and accountability. U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney asserted that “the U.S. government sponsors this PeaceTech Exchange because we believe ...
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English Teachers Commit to Improve English Teaching in Costa Rica

More than 300 teachers participated in the National Conference of English Teachers that this year focused on skills to inspire young English students from the 21st century, topic that was selected to support the new English program for Costa Rican public schools. Several workshops were conducted during the conference; including the ones that Joan Kan ...
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Strategic and Economic Support to Rahab Foundation

La Cruz, Guanacaste- February 2, 2017 The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement office gave strategic and economic support to Rahab Foundation and thanks to this support the foundation opened an agency in La Cruz, Guanacaste, where they will take care of cases of trafficking in persons at rural border communities. The total support was for USD ...
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Perez Zeledon Students Represent Costa Rica as Part of the Program #YouthAmbassadors in the United States

San José- January 24th, 2017 Five brilliant students from different Perez Zeledon high schools were selected to be part of the Youth Ambassadors Program from Central America and the Caribbean. They will be three weeks in the United States where they will visit several cities. This is a cultural exchange program where the students participate ...
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U.S. Collaboration strengthens the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security

Alajuela- January 19th, 2017 #GoodNews The U.S. government gave one million dollars to the Ministry of Public Security for the refurbishment, maintenance and spare parts for a King Air F90 plane. The aircraft was seized to drug traffickers and now and thanks to the refurbishment process, the plane collaborates in the fight against drug trafficking, ...
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And the Fulbright of the Year Is…

The Costa Rica Fulbright Association awarded Minister of Public Education Dr. Sonia Marta Mora Escalante as the Fulbright of the Year. Her selection was based on her effort and devotion to improve access and quality of education in Costa Rica. Fulbright and other professional exchange program alumni joined Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis –also ...
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During Red Ribbon Week 1300 Students from Guanacaste Say NO to Drugs

Carrillo, Guanacaste – November 17, 2016 Every year, Costa Rica celebrates Red Ribbon Week when DEA’s Special Agent Enrique Kiki Camarena, is honored. Mexican drug traffickers murdered Kiki in the 80s, while he was fighting against drug trafficking in the region. This year, 1300 students from 19 schools and high schools from Carrillo, Guanacaste, participated ...
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Kiki’s Playground

Carrillo, Guanacaste – November 17, 2016 The first playground for children called after DEA’s Special Agent, Enrique Kiki Camarena, was inaugurated during the commemoration of Red Ribbon Week in Carrillo, Guanacaste. Thanks to a donation by the U.S. government and the Municipality of Carillo, the Segovia neighborhood now houses a playground with a basketball and ...
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The U.S. Government Supports Costa Rica’s Security Strategy

August 22, 2016 President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with President Solís at the White House The United States and Costa Rica are longstanding close operational and strategic partners in an impressive range of security cooperation activities. We view our support as part of a holistic partnership with the country and its security forces. ...
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Costa Rica Will Protect Refugees

San Jose – July 26, 2016 The Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge. Through coordination with UNHCR and IOM, the United ...
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Costa Rica Will Protect Refugees

July 26, 2016 The Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge. Through coordination with UNHCR and IOM, the United States government will ...
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Ambassador Haney Awards AFS Scholarship at the Opening Ceremony of Colegios Científicos

February 10, 2016 Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney awarded an AFS Scholarship to Jesús Vallejos, a student from the Science High School in Limón, during the class of 2016 Opening Ceremony for the National System of Science and Technology High Schools. This brilliant student will travel to the United States for a year educational exchange program. ...
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Embassy Joins Efforts with the National Theater for a Historic Dance Showcasing the Traditions of Indigenous Cultures in Costa Rica and the USA

February 4, 2016 The National Theater was the setting for the Gala presentation of the Makah Traditional Dance Group, (from Washington State in the United States) and Non Cuanxa Boruca (from Boruca in the southern zone of Costa Rica), who jointly performed “Reunion After an Ocean of Time.” The Gala was held on the evening ...
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Congratulations Class of 2015!

Guacimo, December 4th, 2015 Congratulations to all the graduates of the class of 2015! Distinguished members of the embassy had the honor in sharing the special day’s festivities with several schools and universities throughout the country. On December 4th, Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney congratulated the 103 graduates of EARTH University who completed their four-years of ...
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Ambassador Haney and Costa Rican Minister of Justice Inaugurate the First Regional K-9 Unit

Puntarenas- October 8, 2015 “This day represents the culmination of a great deal of work and dedication. The U.S. Government is working throughout the country to help the Costa Rican people and government combat drug trafficking and the negative effects it brings to many communities, including prisoners. The Penitentiary Police K-9 program is an excellent ...
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