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Improving the rule of law in countries overseas helps to protect fundamental rights, acts as a foundation for democratic rule and economic growth, and combats crime and extremism. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development allocated over $2.
The principle of rule of law holds that all are subject to and equal before a nation’s laws. It serves as a foundation for democratic governance and economic growth, and helps combat crime and extremism.
The State Department and the U.S.
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Desde 2008, los EE. UU. y México han colaborado en la Iniciativa Mérida para luchar contra la violencia, las drogas y el crimen transnacional.
The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have long struggled with poverty, weak governance, and insecurity. In 2014, the U.S. government introduced a strategy to increase their prosperity and strengthen governance and security.
In 2007, Mexico and the United States created the Mérida Initiative, a partnership to address crime and violence and enhance the rule of law in Mexico.
From fiscal year 2014 through 2018, the State Department and the U.S.
The U.S. government has invested over $10 billion in counternarcotics and security efforts in Colombia since 1999. Security has improved but cocaine production has more than tripled from 2013 through 2017.
The Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Defense train police forces in some Central American countries where corruption and human rights abuses have traditionally plagued civilian police forces.
What do elephants, pangolins, and tigers have in common?
The illegal wildlife trade—estimated to be worth at least $7 billion annually—is pushing these and other species to the brink of extinction. The United States and Asia are key sources of demand for a variety of wildlife.