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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Joins Bipartisan Group in Congress Urging Trump Administration to Use Global Magnitsky Sanctions in Central America

Aug 2, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress in urging the Trump Administration to use its authority under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to sanction six individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico for their involvement in corruption and organized crime. Congressman Sires joined Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chair Emeritus of the Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Republican Co-Chair of the Central America Caucus David Valadao (R-CA) and Democratic Co-Chair of the Central America Caucus Norma Torres (D-CA) in sending a letter to the Administration urging action.

Specifically, the letter recommends that the Departments of State and Treasury determine whether the following six individuals meet the criteria to be held accountable under the Global Magnitsky Act: José Aquiles Enrique Rais López; José Luis Merino; Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara; Luis Alberto Mendizábal Barrutia; Remigio Angel Gonzalez; and Oscar Ramón Nájera. P.L. 114-328, section 1263 (d) of the Global Magnitsky Act requires the submission of reports to Congress with relevant updates to the list of sanctioned individuals and entities, as well as responses to congressional requests for specific sanctions investigations pursuant to the law.

In their letter, the members state, “As the United States continues to support efforts in the Northern Triangle region of Central America to fight corruption and organized crime, we ask you to determine whether the following individuals meet the criteria to be held accountable under the Act…We look forward to a continued dialogue with the Administration to support the robust implementation of the Global Magnitsky law and efforts by the United States to combat corruption and human rights abuses in the Northern Triangle region of Central America and around the globe.”