Earlier this week, the State Department announced the appointment of career senior diplomat Ricardo Zúñiga to be the Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle.
The Department of State is pleased to announce that Ricardo Zúñiga, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will serve as its Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle. The Special Envoy will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts, advise the Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinate closely with the National Security Council staff on the administration’s comprehensive efforts to stem irregular migration to the United States and implement President Biden’s multi-year, $4 billion to address root causes of migration in Central America.
The Special Envoy will engage with regional governments, including but not limited to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, on a range of issues in order to seek to improve conditions in Central America. He also will hold our partners accountable for their commitments to address root causes of migration and the increase in arrivals of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we work toward building better futures in these countries.
As such, he will accompany White House senior officials to Mexico and Guatemala March 22-25.
The Special Envoy will also keep Congress apprised of our efforts.
The Department congratulates U.S. Special Envoy Zúñiga as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country.
In May 2015, Mr. Zuniga completed a three-year detail with the National Security Council Staff, where he served as a Special Assistant to then President Obama and was Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. In July that year, he assumed charged as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Also see Secretary Kerry With U.S. Delegation Set For Ceremonial Reopening of U.S. Embassy Cuba. According to his Wilson Center bio, until March 15, 2021, he was the Interim Director of the Brazil Institute and a Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin America Program, on detail from the U.S. Department of State.
Pleased to announce that Ricardo Zuñiga will serve as our Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, leading @StateDept efforts to improve conditions in Central America and fostering greater cooperation to implement the administration's regional migration management strategy.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 22, 2021
Diplomático de carrera y hondureño de nacimiento, Ricardo Zúñiga, será el encargado de frenar el éxodo diario de decenas de centroamericanos que aspiran a entrar en EE UU y de distribuir el plan de ayuda a la región anunciado por Biden. Por @Jacobogg https://t.co/3hgl5ajkhi
— EL PAÍS América (@elpais_america) March 23, 2021
One of Biden’s priorities regarding migration policy will be to figure out "whether these 'safe third country agreements' were in compliance with U.S. commitments under international law in regards to asylum," says @BrazilInst’s Ricardo Zúñiga.
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— The Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter) February 8, 2021
“Jacobson will be joined by Juan Gonzalez, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, and Ricardo Zuniga, just appointed by the State Department as the Northern Triangle special envoy.”
— Ted Hesson (@tedhesson) March 22, 2021