Letter of Agreement Signed Between United States and Honduras for CARSI Funds
On February 9, 2011, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield, President Porfirio Lobo, and U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens signed a Letter of Agreement pledging an additional $1.75 million for Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) programs. The funding supports efforts by Honduran law enforcement to improve border and port security, prison management, and community policing programs focused on reducing gang-related violence.
These efforts include training programs in which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Tactical Unit (BORTAC) shares security strategies with the Honduran Frontier Police. Touring a training site in Nido de Aguilas, Assistant Secretary Brownfield, Ambassador Llorens, and Honduran Secretary of State for Security Oscar Alvarez discussed prison reforms — including those aiming to separate the worst offenders from the rest of the prison population — as a major focus of U.S.-Honduran cooperation.
Assistant Secretary Brownfield praised the Government of Honduras for its commitment to improving cooperation between agencies, including the Armed Forces, the Public Ministry, and the Secretariat of Security, in their fight against criminal networks that threaten the security of citizens in Honduras and throughout Central America. By partnering with Honduran law enforcement agencies, the United States aims to boost anti-drug trafficking efforts, promote citizen safety, and help young people find alternatives to joining gangs.