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    U.S. Embassy Celebrates US Independence

    US Ambassador in DR, James W. Brewster and his husband, Mr. Satawake, hosted a reception at their residence commemorating the 239th anniversary of the United States independence.

  • President Obama shares remarks

    President's Statement on Cuba

    More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective countries.

  • Same-Sex Marriage approval in the US

    Same-Sex Marriage approval in the US

    The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Dominican Republic, James Brewster, applauded today the Supreme Court's approval of marriage between same-sex couples.

  • Secretary Kerry

    Remarks on Human Rights's reports

    “A set of universal values and aspirations” drives the struggle for human dignity, Secretary of State John Kerry said in the preface to the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, covering the 2014 calendar year.

  • Jusy and Dennis Sheppard, with Amb. Brewster, Mr Satawake, DMC Dunn and wife.

    Breakfast in Honor of LGBT Pride Month

    The United State Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster along with his husband Mr. Bob Satawake hosted a breakfast in honor of LGBT Pride month. Over 100 attendees participated in the breakfast.

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  • Secretary Kerry's Statement on Cuba

    In Washington a few moments ago, President Obama announced that we had reached an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and that we will reopen embassies in our respective countries. 

  • Obama on Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

    President Obama issues a statement on the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times -- a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American. 

  • Consular Systems Issues Notice

    The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. 

  • America's LGBT Ambassadors: Global Trade Will Lift Up LGBT Lives

    Done right, trade policy is a strong complement to our broader bilateral efforts to urge partner countries to defend and protect the human rights of all individuals. In many ways, the two issues go together: open markets promote development, raise wages, and increase living standards, which in turn goes hand-in-hand with more open and engaged societies that demand a higher standard of protection for civil rights. 

  • Statement by the President on the Passing of Beau Biden

    Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get. Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts. 

  • Obama Proclamation on LGBT Pride Month 2015

    President Obama: " All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are." 

  • Testimony of Roberta S. Jacobson before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "U.S.-Cuban Relations: The Way Forward"

    Our policy towards Cuba is based on a clear-eyed strategy that empowers the Cuban people to determine their own future by creating new economic opportunities and increasing their contact with the outside world. 

  • CBP to enforce federal quarantine suspending imports to prevent Medfly

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations announced today the enforcement of a federal quarantine order suspending imports of fruit and vegetable commodities identified to be hosts of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) stemming from the Dominican Republic. 

  • Condolences on passing of Victoriano Santos Hilario, Vice Minister of Energy and Mines

    We are saddened by the terrible tragedy that has taken the life of Victoriano Santos Hilario, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and hope for the speedy recovery of his son. We condemn such acts of violence and trust this crime will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.