Amb. Julieta Valls Noyes to be Asst Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/J/PRM)

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On June 3, 2021, President Biden announced his intent to nominate  Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes to be the next Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/J/PRM). The bureau belongs to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights family of offices.

Julieta Valls Noyes, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State

Julieta Valls Noyes, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, is Deputy Director of the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, and a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.  She previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the Department of State, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.  She also was Deputy Director of the Department’s Operations Center, and Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  Earlier, Noyes served as Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning and Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, as Political Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Panama City, and as Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Madrid.  Noyes earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, and a Master’s from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.  Noyes is a first-generation American whose parents entered the United States as refugees.

According to, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration was established May 12, 1994. Prior to this date it was called the Bureau of Refugee Programs, and its Directors were designated, not commissioned.
If confirmed, Ambassador Noyes would succeed Anne Claire Richard who served from 2012–2017.  In 2018, Tump nominated Ronald Mortensen to be the Assistant Secretary of State for PRM; that nomination was returned to the WH in 2019. The WH resubmitted the nomination to the Senate in January 2019 and March 2020 but the nomination got stuck in the Senate every time (PN2029 — 115th Congress (2017-2018); PN132 — 116th Congress (2019-2020); PN1612 — 116th Congress (2019-2020).

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