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December 21, 2023

New Listings Under the Section 353 Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors Report

Press Statement
Matthew Miller, Department Spokesperson
December 21, 2023

The United States today announced new listings of four Nicaraguan, four Guatemalan, three Honduran, and three Salvadoran individuals under the Section 353 Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors report.

This report, published in the Federal Register, identifies individuals who have knowingly undermined democratic processes or institutions, engaged in significant corruption, or obstructed investigations into such acts of corruption in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.  Consistent with Section 353 of the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, as amended, persons on the list are generally ineligible for visas and admission to the United States.

Promoting strong democratic governance in the region is a priority under the Administration’s Root Causes Strategy.  Corruption and other practices that undermine democracy in Central America lead to instability and drive irregular migration.  In El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, we work to promote, preserve, and restore democratic norms to build a more resilient, equitable, and prosperous hemisphere.  We do this by tapping into a diverse set of accountability tools.

We call on all government leaders, civil society, journalists, the private sector, and the international community to join us in strengthening democratic governance and ending corruption.

The Secretary of State transmitted this report to Congress under Section 353 of the United States–Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act, as amended. This report can be found on the Department’s Section 353 Report website.