Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean at a glance

Military & Police Aid $568,680,000 (2016)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $1,577,245,000 (2016)
Trainees 1,289 (2015)
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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8/12/16 | Publications
El Salvador's Violence: No Easy Way Out

What we found was evidence of a grim, multisided confict with no clear end in sight: Gangs are now present in each of the country’s 14 regional departments, controlling entire neighborhoods and imposing untold violence and fear on the population. The Salvadoran government developed a relatively...

6/7/16 | Fact Sheets
U.S. Cybersecurity Assistance

Infographic showing what U.S. cybersecurity assistance has looked like over the past two fiscal years.

5/31/16 | Blog
EVENT: Understanding Effective Cyber Security Capacity Building, Lessons Learned From the Review of 11 Countries Across the Globe

As digital technologies rapidly grow and the use of the Internet expands, so do the risks that accompany it. Cyber security capacity building efforts thus have become a priority, not only for governments, but also for the private sector and civil society around the world.



8/19/16 | News
SouthCom Commander Backs Military Involvement in Fighting Crime
The top US military officer in Latin America and the Caribbean recently praised the involvement of the region's armed forces in fighting organized crime, a controversial stance likely rooted in the politics surrounding US security assistance to foreign countries.
8/19/16 | News
Guatemalan President's Top Adviser Could Face War Crimes Trial
Top Guatemalan presidential adviser Edgar Ovalle Maldonado—accused human rights abuses during his country's dictatorship—may not continue to enjoy immunity from trial, as the Constitutional Court demanded the Supreme Court justify why it refused in January to grant prosecutors’ request to...
8/19/16 | News
Mexican Police Accused of Executing 22, Then Covering It Up
Mexico’s human rights body said on Thursday that the country’s police force carried out 22 extrajudicial executions on a ranch in Tanhuato in the western state of Michoacan in May 2015.

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09/08/16 to 09/09/16 | Event

The world has experienced a decade of decline in democracy, and the downward trajectory is accelerating. Nativist sentiments in the United States and Europe are weakening support for the liberal world order, while China is increasingly assertive in projecting its hard and soft power and its anti...