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Pelosi Statement on Conclusion of Delegation’s Visit to El Salvador

August 11, 2019

San Salvador – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement concluding the Congressional delegation’s meetings in El Salvador:

“It was a privilege to return to El Salvador, joined by our distinguished Congressional delegation, for a day of meaningful engagements.  Following a country team briefing at the US Embassy San Salvador, we visited the USAID- supported Victims’ Assistance Center at the Isidro Menendez Judicial Complex.  There, we heard about the Supreme Court’s efforts to support victims of gender-based violence.  Members applauded the center’s work and reiterated the importance of protecting victims throughout the legal process, and ensuring that they are not re-victimized.  This initiative is one of the many critical US-funded programs that must be strengthened rather than eliminated.

“Our delegation then benefitted from an informative briefing on anti-gang and transnational crime prevention and enforcement initiatives supported by the Departments of State and Justice.  Continued funding for these effective programs that counter criminal enterprises is essential.

“During our visit to Central American University, we paid homage to the lives brutally stolen during the devastating 1989 Jesuit priests massacre.  At a roundtable that followed, we heard the powerful testimony of civil society leaders and victims fighting for justice.  It was a particular privilege to be reunited with Dorila Marquez, a survivor of the1981 El Mozote massacre and a fierce advocate.  We reaffirmed our commitment to supporting civil war victims and internally displaced persons.

“Later in the day, we were pleased to engage in discussions with President Nayib Bukele and his cabinet.  We all agreed on the need to address the drivers of migration:  weak government institutions, insecurity, and the lack of jobs and economic opportunities.  The delegation commended the President’s commitment to creating an international, independent mechanism to combat corruption.  As we agreed, nations cannot be secure when there is wide-spread corruption.

“It was a particular honor to have Chairman Jim McGovern, a long time champion for human rights and justice in El Salvador and throughout the world, as leader of our delegation.”

Members of the delegation include:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Chairman Eliot Engel, Foreign Affairs Committee and Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, Small Business Committee, Financial Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee
  • Chairman Jim McGovern, Rules Committee, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Agriculture Committee
  • Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Congressman Henry Cuellar, Appropriations Committee
  • Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Natural Resource Committee, Small Business Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres, Appropriations Committee and Rules Committee
  • Congressman Anthony Brown, Armed Services Committee, Ethics Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Judiciary Committee, Rules Committee and Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
  • Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, Financial Services Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Congresswoman Katie Hill, Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Reform and Science, Space & Technology Committee
  • Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Education & Labor Committee, Homeland Security Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee