Modernization of the Murcielago Police Training Center

The U.S. Embassy supports the professionalization of Costa Rican police forces. Thanks to this support and a donation of more than USD $1 million, the dormitories for female officers were remodeled and a 59-foot high rappelling tower was built at the Murcielago Police Training Center. “The work we do together is vital to ensuring the ... Read More»

San Carlos, Heredia, Cartago and Desamparados Have More Voices against Domestic Violence

Thanks to the program Hacete Escuchar (“Make Yourself Heard”) developed by U.S. Embassy San Jose’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) office, 296 young people received virtual training to learn to detect domestic violence, seek help, develop self-esteem, build trust, recognize signs of abusive relationships, learn about 9-1-1, and how not to be afraid to ... Read More»

Students and Professors Receive Supplies for Their Return to the Classrooms

The Office of Defense Representative’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, the Humanitarian Assistance Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are assisting Costa Rican students and professors so that  they have personal hygiene supplies when they return to in-person instruction in classrooms. U.S. SOUTHCOM Commander Admiral Craig ... Read More»

U.S. Imposes Restrictions on Certain PRC State-Owned Enterprises and Executives for Malign Activities in the South China Sea

August 26, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day: “Costa Rica has experienced the misdeeds of CCCC, having worked with its subsidiary CHEC on the project to widen Route 32.  CCCC and its subsidiaries are a threat to every country’s sovereignty, economic growth, and environmental quality.” MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United ... Read More»

The United States Donates Three Field Hospitals to CCSS

The United States Southern Command is donating three field hospitals to the Costa Rican Social Security Board (CCSS), as part of the U.S. government ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic. “In times like these we can only overcome the difficulties we face together as neighbors, communities, and governments. We stand shoulder to ... Read More»

INL Project Receives National Recognition

The U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) project Prevention Homes was rewarded with the National Jorge Debravo Youth Award. The Prevention Homes offer academic tutoring, music, gardening, cooking, handicrafts, silk screen print-making, and karate classes to young students, as well as psychological support for minors whose development and welfare are at risk. INL supports these homes ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute Partner to Improve English Teaching

The U.S. Embassy and the National Learning Institute (INA) signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate training in English teaching for the institute’s professors. Both organizations will develop bilateral programs, use of technology, pedagogic materials, exchange of experts and researchers, workshops, and pronunciation practice with English native speakers. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated that this ... Read More»

The United States Donates Face Masks to CCSS

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of the Defense Representative donated 145,000 face masks to the Costa Rican Social Security Board (CCSS). This donation includes 38,000 N-95 face masks and 107,000 surgical face masks. The face masks were purchased on the local market, for a total value of USD 60,000. Since the beginning of the sanitary emergency ... Read More»

Make Yourself Heard!

The Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy launched a special campaign to encourage youth to make themselves heard and raise their voice against domestic violence. The Campaign Make Yourself Heard: The Walls Do Not Speak, You Need To! explains what domestic violence is with clear messages on relationships ... Read More»

Personal Protection Equipment for Local Governments

July 2, 2020 The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative (ODR) donated personal protection equipment supplies to Costa Rican municipalities. Local governments received more than 15,000 face masks, 140,000 gloves, more than 3,000 protective glasses, 77 gallons of hand gel, and 3,000 bottles of half liter of hand gel.   U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Lab Supplies

The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Representative donated lab supplies to the Costa Rican Social Security Council (CCSS). June 25, 2020 These devices include a mixing scale, a blood bag tube sealer, plasma separators and automatic tubing homogenizers (auto-roller), which are required for Costa Rica to continue the production of coronavirus antigens (proteins) and to ... Read More»

The United States Celebrates Costa Rica’s Coast Guard 20th Anniversary

As part of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Embassy announced the donation of the services of a special adviser to create the comprehensive 10-year strategic plan for Costa Rican Coast Guard Service, maintenance sheets, tutorial videos, and a commemorative book. The Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service of ... Read More»

Virtual Conference Gathers Central American Strategic Partners

The United States government is organizing the virtual conference ‘Smart Cities and Digital Transformation’ to gather with its Central American counterparts and jointly develop a roadmap to the future, in preparation for new global industry trends and technologies, the economic impact on emerging markets, current infrastructure, and national security. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Essential Equipment to Costa Rican CCSS

The United States Embassy -through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program- did the first of two donations of medical protection equipment to the Costa Rican Social Security Institution (CCSS). The equipment was purchased from local Costa Rican providers and it included: 9.700 medical gowns 57.000 pairs of surgical gloves. There will be a second ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Building and Armored Vehicles to Costa Rican Police Force

San Jose, February 7th, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated a K-9 building to Costa Rica’s investigative police, as well as four armored vehicles to the Ministry of Public Security and the Judicial Police. The building will provide a space for judicial officers to receive canine training ... Read More»

New Plane Reinforces Costa Rica’s Fight against Transnational Crimes

For the first time in history, Costa Rica purchased a Maritime Patrol Aircraft using Air Surveillance Service funds. This aircraft, thanks to the U.S. government, is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This King Air 250 is joining the fight against drug trafficking and other illicit transnational activities and will also support humanitarian missions such as ... Read More»

First National City Planning Meeting

The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) organized the first national city planning encounter, a space to reflect on the importance of social inclusion and a space to impact people’s lives positively. INL has invested $140,000 in this project and expects to invest half a million dollars more in the upcoming years ... Read More»

Costa Rica Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneur

The Academy for Women Entrepreneur (AWE) is an initiative that empowers women around the world and it is available now for 30 women entrepreneur in Costa Rica. Participants in this initiative will receive personalized guidance, visit companies, and have the opportunity to receive non-reimbursement funds to invest and in addition to strengthen their businesses, participants ... Read More»

Happy Anniversary, American Corner!

The U.S. Embassy American Corner in Limon is celebrating its 12th anniversary. This American Space offers free information about the United States through books, magazines, CDs, free access to Internet, and cultural programs. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted in her speech the importance of the programs realized at the American Corner, programs that have benefitted the ... Read More»

Five Exceptional Costa Rican Students to Study in the United States

In 2012, the U.S. Embassy created a special scholarship program for students at Costa Rica’s Scientific High Schools. The Embassy created this program to give exceptional Costa Rican students an opportunity to develop their English skills while learning more about U.S. culture. This year, 5 students received the scholarship, which means they will have the ... Read More»

The New Youth Ambassadors Are from Perez Zeledon

Nine young students from Perez Zeledon are participating in the Department of State Youth Ambassadors exchange program. These students participate in workshops, community service activities, team-building exercises, and meetings with community leaders in Iowa and Chicago. Once students return to Costa Rica, they have the opportunity to apply what they have learned during the exchange ... Read More»
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