Media Note
Washington, DC
July 30, 2010

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) David T. Johnson accompanied by NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly will travel to Port au Prince, Haiti on August 2, 2010.

On August 2, Assistant Secretary Johnson will meet with President René Préval, Minister of Justice and Public Security Paul Denis, the Director General of the Haitian National Police (HNP) Mario Andresol, and other members of the Haitian government to demonstrate U.S. support and shared commitment to rebuilding Haiti’s security sector.

Assistant Secretary Johnson will meet with President Préval and HNP Director General Andresol to discuss INL efforts in policing, corrections, and counternarcotics, as well as support for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The Assistant Secretary and Justice and Public Security Minister Denis will discuss justice system reforms, in particular the criminal and civil codes. During these meetings the Assistant Secretary will also announce the upcoming visit of four to six Haitian-American New York Police Department officers to help rebuild the capacity of the HNP. Assistant Secretary Johnson’s visit will further demonstrate U.S. support of the post earthquake rebuilding efforts.

PRN: 2010/1027