Generating Hope: USAID in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

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USAID addresses the economic, security, environmental, and governance challenges that drive irregular migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States. USAID focuses on the root causes undermining people’s hope for their futures in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and helps our neighbors to build the peace, prosperity, and stability they deserve.

The United States has a history of partnership with the people of these countries. USAID promotes greater government accountability and works with the private sector to advance economic and educational opportunities to those likely to migrate. We also help combat rampant crime and violence, tackle corruption and impunity, and mitigate the effects of climate change. We provide opportunities to the citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras so that they can remain in their home countries and not be compelled to make the dangerous journey north.

Administrator Power officially launched USAID’s Northern Triangle Task Force on May 4, 2021. Led by Executive Director Michael Camilleri, the task force ensures a coordinated, unified, bold, and creative approach to addressing the causes of irregular migration, as directed by President Biden’s Executive Order.

Prosperity, Security, Governance

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USAID programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras:

  • Generate economic opportunities, including by creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, growing small businesses, and supporting smallholder farmers;
  • Build secure communities, especially by working with youth at risk of getting involved in crime and violence;
  • Promote greater government accountability to citizens, particularly by working with civil society and tackling corruption and impunity;
  • Mitigate the effects of climate change; and
  • Provide humanitarian assistance - including emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection, and other support - in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to help the most vulnerable people respond to shocks and natural disasters. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to address rising humanitarian needs stemming from recurrent drought, severe food insecurity, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about our programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.


News and Information

Press Release Statement by Administrator Samantha Power on H-2B Visas for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Press Release USAID Redirects Assistance for Salvadoran Government Institutions to Civil Society Groups

Press Release On El Salvador

Press Release Readout on USAID Administrator Samantha Power's Day Two Activities Focused on USAID Engagement in Central America

Press ReleaseUnited States Announces Increased Assistance for the People of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Press Release: USAID Deploys Disaster Assistance ResponseTeam To Address Rising Humanitarian Needs In Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Fact Sheet: USAID Increases Efforts to Address Irregular Migration From El Salvador, Guatemala, And Honduras

Last updated: June 02, 2021

June 2, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to discuss the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgent response needed to address the grave humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, and the major challenges facing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that have led to irregular migration.