United States delivers additional assistance to combat the wildfires in Chile

U.S. government donations total more than $800,000 USD The U.S. government will deliver an additional  $740,000 USD in disaster assistance to local organizations working closely with the Chilean government on meeting the pressing needs of those who have been affected by the wildfires as well as those who are fighting the fires in various regions of the country.  With these

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CONFECH Demonstrations

This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago that members of the Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) will hold an authorized demonstration on Thursday, June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Santiago.  Media reports indicate that CONFECH is planning to march from Plaza Bustamante via Avenida Alameda, completing the demonstration at Echaurren.

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: New Mail-In Adult Passport Renewal Service

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Embassy will launch an adult passport renewalmail-in program. You can mail in your passport application if you can answer YES to ALL the following questions: Your U.S. passport was issued within the last 15 years. You were at least 16 years old at the time your most recent U.S. passport was issued. Your most

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: CUT Protests

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Santiago that a Central Workers Union (CUT) protest is planned for Tuesday, May 31.  The protest is currently not authorized. The march is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago. Demonstrations are expected in other major cities as well. Demonstrations intended to

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Valparaiso on May 21

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Valparaiso/Vina del Mar that protests are planned for Saturday, May 21.  The protests are currently scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Plaza Civica/Sotomayor and at the Congress during the President’s address. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Local law

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Flag Raising Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy

To celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America, the U.S. Embassy invites all U.S. citizens in Chile to a Flag Raising Ceremony that will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at the Embassy. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. All guests must RSVP by June 13th to embassyflagraising@state.gov. Our event flyer with additional details can be found here.  

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Protests in and out Chiloe

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Chiloe in the Lakes Region of Chile until the situation is normalized.  Since May 2, protests by local fishermen have made travel in and around Chiloe very difficult.  Entry to, and exit from, the island of Chiloe has been blocked. The situation in and around Chiloe remains unpredictable

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fishermen Protests in and around Chiloe

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Chiloe in the Lakes Region that protests by local fishermen have made travel in the area difficult, including cutting off the island of Chiloe.  As the Embassy cannot confirm when the protests will end or when tourists will be able to depart Chiloe, U.S. citizens should plan

Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email (santiagofbu@state.gov) or an in-person appointment at the Embassy.  All appointments must be scheduled online.  If a Federal Benefits inquiry

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email (santiagofbu@state.gov) or an in-person appointment at the Embassy.  All appointments must be

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015

The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet freedom, to marginalize opposition voices, and in the most extreme cases, to kill people or drive them

Fulbright Scholar Launches Book about her Experience on Education

Professor Viola Soto Guzmán, distinguished Chilean National Award winner in Education (1991) and Fulbright alumna, launched her book Toda Mi Vida Dedicada a la Educación Chilena y Latinoamericana, at the University of Chile’s public high school Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas where she taught for several years.  Prof. Soto was also a faculty member at the P. Catholic University, the

Justice for Boris Weisfeiler

More than 30 years after the kidnapping and disappearance of U.S. Citizen Boris Weisfeiler near San Fabian de Alico in 1985, the United States continues to support Dr. Olga Weisfeiler’s pursuit of justice in her brother’s case.  The recent court ruling absolving the eight accused parties over a statute of limitations is a frustrating setback. The United States and Chile

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

The Vice President met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet today at the Naval Observatory, where the two leaders underscored the strong bilateral partnership between the United States and Chile on issues related to trade, economic development, and democracy and human rights.  The Vice President praised Chile’s constructive role in addressing a number of regional challenges in the Americas, including its

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force to lead U.S. Delegation to FIDAE 2016

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, will head the U.S. official delegation to the International Air and Space Fair FIDAE in Santiago March 29 to April 3.  The U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft and will be

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Muchas gracias.  Thank you so much.  Thank you very much. President Castro, the people of Cuba, thank you so much for the warm welcome that I have received, that my family have received, and that our delegation has received.  It is an extraordinary honor to be here today. Before I begin, please indulge me.  I

The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe. Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working tirelessly to keep Brussels safe. The U.S. Embassy in Brussels is

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Cuba and Argentina

President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Cuba on March 21st and 22nd and Argentina on March 23rd and 24th.  In Cuba, the President will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba – advancing commercial and people-to-people ties that can improve the well-being of the Cuban people, and expressing our support for

Message for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo on March 29, 1985.  Disturbances

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo on March 29, 1985.  Disturbances

Fulbright-Chile Commission Presentations

Each year, the Fulbright-Chile Commission organizes presentations of U.S. Fulbright student projects.  Presentations are attended by Public Affairs Santiago staff and Chilean academics who will supervise the U.S. students projects in Chilean universities, both in Santiago and regions.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Leads Business Leaders on Trade Mission to Peru, Chile

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 – Leaders from 34 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a trade mission to Peru and Chile, March 14 to March 18, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Peru and Chile are also members of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which concluded negotiations in October 2015 on

Atlas Corps Seeks Emerging Global Leaders

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years of experience, a college degree,

DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions for the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries. Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Cuba and Argentina

President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Cuba on March 21st and 22nd and Argentina on March 23rd and 24th.  In Cuba, the President will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba – advancing commercial and people-to-people ties that can improve the well-being of the Cuban people, and expressing our support for

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this mosquito is found

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this mosquito is found

MPA Center Leads Advanced Workshop on Coastal Planning for Protected Area Managers of Chile, Peru, and Argentina

MPA Center staff led a group of experts from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), California, United Kingdom and Germany to conduct an advanced training workshop on coastal planning for protected area managers and planners from Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Sponsored by the GEF-funded Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project, the workshop was held in Valparaiso, Chile on January

Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington George Washington was born on

Berkeley Public Library Foundation Honors 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar

On February 6, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation honored authors from the San Francisco Bay area at its 14th annual dinner in support of the Berkeley Public Library.  Among those recognized was 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Richard Scheffler. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of

FACT SHEET: Preparing for and Responding to the Zika Virus at Home and Abroad

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes.  The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika;

Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2016

America’s greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties had been denied to African Americans, and today, we pay tribute to countless good-hearted citizens —

Professor Alex Slocum in Chile to Speak on Renewable Energies

Mechanical Engineer, Professor Alex Slocum, from MIT was invited by the Office of Naval Research Global to meet and interact with Chilean researchers, and to discuss his advanced and creative ideas and research on Renewable Energies. Professor Slocum is worldwide known for his vast experience in designing and prototyping incredible machines from small devices up to machines to fabricate onsite

2016 Chilean Youth Ambassadors to the United States

Thirteen Chilean students from subsidized public high schools in the country were selected among 270 candidates to represent Chile in the Youth Ambassadors program in the United States. The program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and made possible through the U.S. Embassy in Santiago and World Learning. The students,

United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security and border protection. Under the

Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.  Voting Newsletter!  Everything you

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to Lead Trade Mission to Chile and Peru

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead a trade mission March 14 to March 18 to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture in Chile and Peru. “Thanks to existing free trade agreements, the United States enjoys strong trading relationships with both Chile and Peru,” said Vilsack. “In addition, both nations are part of

Check out Our New Site!

The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information.

U.S. Army Research’s Office in Santiago Funds Scientific Study on Pain Inhibitors

Dr. Danilo González-Nilo, a lead researcher from Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), presented the final results of his scientific research project titled “Rational Design of Novel Pain Inhibitors” on December 9 and 10 at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) respectively. The project was funded by the U.S. Army Research,

President Obama: American leadership means “rallying the world behind causes that are right”

In his seventh and final State of the Union address, President Obama said American leadership means “rallying the world behind causes that are right.” He highlighted U.S. cooperation with other countries to combat shared challenges like climate change and violent extremism. Speaking to Congress, the Supreme Court, diplomatic guests and others at the U.S. Capitol on January 12, Obama said,

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday: A National Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. holiday that honors King’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. Beginning the journey Born on January 15, 1929, to a long line of Baptist

Remarks on the United States Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016

Official transcript of Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks delivered at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2016: Thank you. Good morning. Thank you. Thank you very much, Major General Padilla. Thank you, all of you. It’s a great privilege for me to be able to be here today. I’m delighted to be in the presence

The Road Ahead: Meeting An Unprecedented Migrant Challenge

By Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)  Throughout 2015, refugee and migration issues dominated headlines. A record number of people — some 60 million — are now forcibly displaced. Almost a million refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean. When a photo hit the front pages of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi’s

State of the Union address 2016

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also understand that because it’s an election

Expedited/Emergency Appointment

To request an expedited/emergency appointment, an applicant must first complete the online visa application form DS-160. Secondly, an applicant must pay their MRV fee and schedule an appointment both through the Information Service Center. Only after an appointment is scheduled can they request that the Consular Section grant an earlier appointment date based on emergency circumstances. The Information Service Center

2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange

Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Chilean Under Secretary Riveros Lead Bilateral Engagement

Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Chilean Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs Edgardo Riveros met on December 4 to discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest including the promotion of democracy and human rights, peacekeeping and security, economic growth and development through trade, the environment, and other topics. This High Level Bilateral Political Consultative Mechanism is the premier forum for

Latin America Idea Partnership (La Idea) Incubator Program

La Idea is a program that supports Latin American entrepreneurs with an interest in entering foreign markets. Participants spend two weeks working with the host incubator program to learn about the US market and understand the specific industry’s processes. As part of the Incubator Program’s third round, Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru) will select approximately 100 entrepreneurs to attend

UNL Professor Shares Experiences on Drone Journalism

University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications professor of practice Matt Waite and founder of the Drone Journalism Lab visited Concepcion, October 19-23 to share his experiences with students and faculty. Pulitzer Prize-winner Matt Waite for PolitiFact.com, the website that judges the truthfulness of politician’s statements, was keynote speaker at the seminar “Drones in Journalism, Innovation and Technology.”  

Applications are Open for Youth Ambassadors Program 2016

The Youth Ambassadors Program for Argentina & Chile is a three week youth leadership exchange from March 16 to April 6, 2016, based in the U.S. for twenty six Argentine and Chilean teenagers ages 15-17 and four adult mentors. Applications must be submitted until November 20, 2015.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Argentina and Chile

Atlas Corps Fellowship

Atlas Corps in partnership with the U.S. Government, seeks emerging civil society leaders for a funded, prestigious leadership development program in the United States-the Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) Atlas Corps Fellowship. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-month professional fellowship. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows learn leadership skills while sharing best practices and

2014 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The International Religious Freedom Report, now in its 17th year, attempts to give voice to those oppressed people and to document when and where the universal human right to

Annual UNITAS Pacific Naval Exercise Kicks Off In Chile

Mayport, Fl. — Naval forces from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2015, an annual multinational exercise, in Valparaiso, Chile, Oct. 13. Personnel from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, New Zealand, and Panama are also participating in the exercise. This year’s exercise is hosted by the Chilean navy and will include 14 warships which will

Statement by President Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

I’ve spent every day of my presidency fighting to grow our economy and strengthen our middle class. That means making sure our workers have a fair shot to get ahead here at home, and a fair chance to compete around the world. My approach to trade has been guided by a unifying principle: leveling the playing field for American workers

FACT SHEET: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Boosts Made in America Exports, Supports Higher-Paying American Jobs, and Protects American Worker

Today, the United States reached agreement with its eleven partner countries, concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new, high-standard trade agreement that levels the playing field for American workers and American businesses, supporting more Made in America exports and higher-paying American jobs. By eliminating over 18,000 taxes – in the form of tariffs –

DV 2017 Program-Online Registration

The diversity immigrant visa program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State to provide for a new class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” (DV immigrant).  The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the Unties states.  For the DV-2017 program, this includes natives of

USAID/OFDA Supports Regional Simulation Exercise

USAID/OFDA is strengthening urban search-and-rescue (USAR)capacity in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region by providing $100,000 to support the 2015 Regional Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise (SIMEX 2015) in Santiago, Chile, on September 22-26. Led by the UN International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), SIMEX focuses on practicing disaster response methodologies that are based on INSARAG standards and guidelines.This

Secretary Kerry Travel to Valparaíso, Chile, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Valparaíso, Chile, on October 5 to attend the second Our Ocean conference, hosted by the government of Chile.  He and Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz will also participate in a town hall meeting with students entitled, “Taking Action for Our Ocean.” Secretary Kerry hosted the inaugural Our Ocean

2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor Report

The Department of Labor’s annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor focuses on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The Report presents: Findings on the prevalence and sectoral distribution of the worst forms of child labor in each country. Country-specific

NOAA and SHOA to deploy two sensors along the Chilean coast to enhance tsunami detection and warning times for the Pacific

On Sept 22, 2015, the Chilean Navy research vessel Cabo de Hornos departed from Valparaiso, Chile, loaded with two experimental, 4th generation Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART-4G) buoy sensors.  Over the coming days, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the Servicio Hidrografico y Oceanografico de la Armada de Chile (SHOA), will deploy

Readout of the President’s Call with President Bachelet of Chile

The President spoke by phone today with President Bachelet of Chile regarding bilateral and broader economic issues. The President reiterated his condolences for the loss of life and destruction caused by the September 16 earthquake and inquired about the status of rebuilding and recovery efforts. The leaders also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, highlighting the importance of the initiative for

Project Learn-Chile Announces 100K Strong – Gabriela Mistral Scholars

The Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network: Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project (Project LEARN-Chile) announces 18 Ph.D. in Education students as recipients of the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars award for fall 2015. Project LEARN-Chile provides an international research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in education at Texas State University in partnership with Universidad Alberto

Call for Nominations 2016 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on U.S. History and Government

Program dates are January 9 to February 13, 2016.  The Institute will host a group of up to 20 students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. The Institute will be conducted in English and will be hosted at the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts. E-mail application form to usculturachile@gmail.com before Tuesday, October 6. To see the

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Chile’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Chile as you celebrate two hundred and five years of independence this September 18.   We wish all Chileans a joyous day as you celebrate your independence.  We stand with Chile in the wake of the September 16 earthquake and are ready to

RFEC Americas Collaboration in Chile

One of the missions of the Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Forward Element Command – Americas (RFEC-AME) is to foster military-to-military collaboration with the countries in the Americas.  To that effect, the Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hector Gonzalez, recently provided a series of presentations aiming at fostering military-industrial-academia collaboration in Chile. The first event took place on August 26th 2015

“Student Visas & Documentation: Ask the Experts”

Do you want to practice English? Find a better job? Experience American culture? Studying abroad in the United States helps you with all that. Students all over the world study at U.S. colleges, where they tend to also find a chance to travel and meet friends and notables, from business experts to artists to sports figures. And many international students

Training in California demonstrates ongoing engagement between Chilean National Parks trail workers and the National Parks Service (NPS)

Four Chilean National Parks trail workers from Parque Nacional Alerce Costero attended training in California through the auspices of their sister park agreement with Redwood National Park, building upon a second year of exchange between Chilean trail workers and NPS managers. While Chile is narrower than California, and over 50 percent larger in area, a great diversity in landforms causes

Did you know that each year 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into our ocean?

On Monday, August 10 at 11:00AM, Dr. Jenna Jambeck, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia and expert in ocean plastic pollution, will share her study “Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean,” published in the journal Science in January 2015.  Her study has received the attention of both the public and private sectors, the scientific community, and

2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature

White House on Opening of Embassies in Havana and Washington

The United States welcomes today’s historic opening of the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba, and the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. Today’s openings are the result of respectful dialogue between the United States and the Republic of Cuba following the December 17 announcements by President Obama and President Raul Castro to reestablish

NSF-funded Astronomy Ambassadors Journey to Chile to See Universe in New Light

Nine former strangers from across the United States came together in Chile to experience – first hand – the world-class facilities and unparalleled skies that have made this country one of the leading locations to study the Universe.  Their next step is to share these unique experiences with their local schools and communities. A newly assembled team of U.S. educators

Our Ocean 2015 Conference

  Embassy officials joined Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, the Intendente of Valparaíso, Ricardo Bravo, and President of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies, Congressman Marco Antonio Núñez, and other dignitaries on July 8 at the launch of the Our Ocean 2015 Conference, set to take place in Valparaiso October 5-6. The Foreign Minister named the conference’s good will ambassadors,

U.S. Embassy closed on Friday, July 3

The U.S. Embassy, Consulate, Press and Cultural section, and all other offices of the diplomatic mission in Santiago will remain closed Friday, July 3, to celebrate the Independence of the United States of America.

World Refugee Day 2015

When a senior U.S. official saw the condition of Burmese and Bangladeshi migrants recently rescued off the coast of Malaysia, she said, “I think I’ve seen some of the best and worst of humanity.” Anne Richard, the assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration, said many refugees were traumatized after being abandoned at sea by human smugglers and left

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Sepulveda to Visit Chile

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) Daniel Sepulveda will visit Santiago June 18-19. While in Santiago, Deputy Assistant Secretary Sepulveda will meet with Chilean government officials and private sector representatives. On Thursday, June 18, he will give a presentation at Catholic

Harvard Professor on Professional Development to speak in Chile

Professor Patricia León, an educator in the U.S. and Colombia working in the field of professional development for teachers, will be the keynote speaker at the Grupo Educar International Seminar “From Knowledge to Learning” (Del Conocimiento al Aprendizaje) to be held in Santiago on Wednesday, June 17, at Auditorio Fundación Telefónica (Providencia 119, Providencia) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,

Secretary Kerry on World Environment Day

Every person on Earth has a role to play in protecting the environment we share—on World Environment Day, June 5, and every day. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same safe and healthy planet that we inherited. This is a pivotal moment when it comes to environmental protection, and

New selection of U.S.-produced cheese enter the Chilean market

Michigan-based American Food Trading Corporation (AFTC) is launching in Chile a new variety of Wisconsin-produced cheese. These products will be sold by Tottus throughout the country. Chilean consumers will have access to new and attractive products and others already known such as Cream-cheese, Parmesan, Gouda, and Mozzarella. Different varieties are American, White-American, Sharp Provolone, Gorgonzola, Mascarpone, Fontina, Asiago, Baby Swiss, and

U.S. professor on maritime literature to speak in Chile

Daniel Brayton, an expert on U.S. and British literature and professor on literature of the sea and environmental literature, will be in Chile June 1-9 to speak in Santiago, Concepción, La Serena and Valparaíso. Daniel Brayton is a professor at Middlebury College, in Vermont.  He has written several texts published by American journals on literature. His trip to Chile is

International Fishakathon see to protect our ocean

As part of the many activities leading up to the Our Ocean 2015 Conference that will take place in Valparaíso in October, the Catholic University’s Innovation Center will be holding a Fishakathon on Friday, June 5.  The initiative calls on participants to create an application for cellphones to provide scientific information on the state of marine resources. U.S. Ambassador Michael

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Travels to Chile

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry will visit Chile on June 1 – 2 as part of tour to the region that includes Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic to discuss the human rights of LGBTI persons and other historically marginalized groups. During his tour, Special Envoy Berry will participate in LGBTI Pride Month

Ambassador Michael Hammer addresses WeConnect Conference

U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer delivered remarks at the WEConnect International Chile annual forum held Wednesday, June 27, at CasaPiedra, in Santiago. In addition to  Ambassador Hammer, other key speakers at this year’s conference included Under Secretary of Economy Katia Trusich, AmCham Chile President Kathleen Barclay, and WEConnect Directors for Chile and Latin America, Francisca Valdés and Belisa de las Casas. Over

U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 25

The U.S. Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 25, in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday. Regular services will resume on Tuesday, May 26. Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who lost their lives while

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every May 17 because on that day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization. The month of June was originally celebrated as LGBT Pride month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which sparked the modern LGBT

Facts on U.S. Investment in Emerging Global Entrepreneurs

FACT SHEET: The United States’ Investment in Emerging Global Entrepreneurs Today, as global entrepreneurs gathered for an event at the White House, President Obama announced several steps to increase support for emerging entrepreneurs here in the United States and around the world. First, the President made investing in women and youth entrepreneurs the top priority for his Administration’s global entrepreneurship

A crime against nature: The case of the disappearing ice

By Share America The Arctic lost 1 million square kilometers of ice between winter 2014 and winter 2015. Arctic sea ice covered about 14.5 million square kilometers at its peak in the winter of 2015. You might think that makes for one gargantuan skating rink, but during most winters Arctic sea ice covers even more territory — 15.6 million square kilometers

White House on End of Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak

On May 9, the Republic of Liberia reached the important milestone of 42 days without reporting a new Ebola case, and we are pleased the World Health Organization was able to declare the end of the country’s current outbreak. We congratulate the people of Liberia on reaching this important marker, and once again pledge our commitment to ending the Ebola

Open Letter to Members of U.S. Congress

As the Ambassadors of the United States of America to the 11 other nations participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we welcome the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA).  We can think of no joint effort that is as important for U.S. interests in the region, both economically and strategically, as passing TPA

Remarks of Katherine Vargas, White House Director of Hispanic Media

Hi everybody.  I’m Katherine Vargas, the Director of Hispanic Media at the White House. This Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home.  And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. The fact that the climate is changing has very

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe.  The effects of climate change can no longer be denied or ignored – 2014 was the planet’s warmest year recorded, and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have happened this

U.S. Army’s Top Pacific Commander to Visit Chile

At the invitation of the Chilean Army Commander, General Humberto Oviedo, General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), will be in Chile April 15-16 for an official visit with the Chilean Army. While in Santiago, he will meet with military and government civilian officials to discuss bi-lateral topics in the areas of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief

Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba Before Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  This is obviously a historic meeting.  The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed.  But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the Cuban government.  And in December, as a consequence of some of the groundwork

U.S. & Chile to ‘officially’ kick off LSST construction

From distant exploding supernovae and nearby asteroids to the mysteries of dark matter, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) promises to survey the night skies and provide data to solve the universe’s biggest mysteries. On April 14, news media are invited to join the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and other public-private partners as

The President’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and Programs to Support Youth Development in Central America and the Caribbean

On April 9, The White House launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists.  YLAI will incubate and accelerate the work of young business and civil society leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.  YLAI will provide 250 fellowships each year to enable participants from the United

U.S. Government to Provide Additional $186,000 USD in Disaster Assistance

In addition to the $100,000 dollars announced on March 28, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. Department of Defense, is providing an additional $186,000 USD in assistance to areas affected by the recent natural disasters. Of the $186,000 USD, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign

State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, Visits Chile

Christopher Painter, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, is traveling to Uruguay, Argentina and Chile April 6-10 to meet with host government officials on a range of cyber policy issues. In Santiago and Montevideo, Coordinator Painter will meet with government officials to learn about their work on cyber security policy. In Argentina, Coordinator Painter will participate in the

NASA Flew Radar Collecting Data in Chile

A NASA piloted aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) flew over Chile in March collecting scientific data as part of a South America campaign to address a broad range of questions, from the dynamics of Earth’s crust and glaciers to the carbon cycle and the lives of ancient Peruvian civilizations. UAVSAR is an L-band fully polarimetric

White House on Parameters for Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program that were decided in Lausanne, Switzerland. These elements form the foundation upon which the final text of the JCPOA will be written between now and June 30, and reflect the significant progress that has been made in discussions between

Destination U.S.: 75 million international guests visited in 2014

Did you visit the United States in 2014? If so, you helped set a new record as one of 75 million visitors from around the world who traveled to the United States last year, a 7 percent increase from 2013. The top countries of origin for U.S. tourists continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visitors from China — the sixth-largest

U.S. Government Provides $100,000 in Disaster Assistance in Response to Flooding in North of Chile

The U.S. government expresses its condolences for the tragedy in the north of Chile as the result of recent severe flooding and mudslides. Our sympathies go out to the victims and their families. In response to a request by the Government of Chile, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, is providing $100,000

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for

President Obama Hosts 5th White House Science Fair

President Obama will host the 2015 White House Science Fair today and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. As part of the Fair, President Obama will announce over $230 million in new private sector commitments to get more girls and boys, especially those that are under-represented,

U.S. Expert in Education Visits Chile

Prof. Thomas J. Kane, Ph.D., economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the Espacio Público Forum on “Teacher Related Policies: Chile Within the International Experience” (Nueva Política Docente: Chile a la luz de la experiencia internacional) to be held on Thursday, March 19, at the Sala

John Kerry on the Anniversary of the Election of His Holiness Pope Francis

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the second anniversary of his election to the See of Rome. I have had the honor of visiting Vatican City three times while serving as Secretary of State, where I marveled at Michelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica and his frescoes

U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot Visits Chile

United States Representative Steve Chabot from Ohio (R-OH) is visiting Santiago today, Wednesday, March 11 to conduct bilateral meetings with representatives from the Government of Chile and the private sector. Congressman Chabot has served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 18 years. In the current U.S. Congress he serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Small

Ambassador Hammer Marks One Year in Chile

Ambassador Hammer arrived in Chile on March 9, 2014. This week the Ambassador looks back on the past year and the many successes in the U.S.-Chile bilateral relationship. In addition, the Ambassador shares his views on the key areas of cooperation between our two countries for 2015. Watch the Ambassador’s recent video at: http://youtu.be/-aRdow7OOpY Hear the Ambassador’s latest Dimensión Internacional

Chile – Opportunity Fund 2015

This EducationUSA program assists highly qualified Chilean students who lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of applying for admission to U.S. colleges. Application deadline is March 31.

Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington George Washington was born on

FACT SHEET: Promoting Prosperity, Security and Good Governance in Central America

Today, the Administration announced that the President will request an historic $1 billion as part of his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to contribute to the evolution of an economically-integrated Central America that is fully democratic, provides greater economic opportunities to its people, promotes more accountable, transparent, and effective public institutions, and ensures the safety of its citizens. The President’s request aligns

Visit to the Chilean Base in the Antarctic

In December 2014, a delegation from U.S. Army RDECOM Forward Element Command-Americas (RFEC-AME) led by Mr. José Miguel Larenas visited the Chilean Army’s O’Higgins Base in the Antarctic. The expedition was in response to an earlier invitation by the Chilean Army Chief of Staff, General Humberto Oviedo. The primary goal of the expedition was to support the development of a

State’s Jacobson on Extended Session with Cuba

U.S. Department of State Press Statement Roberta S. Jacobson Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Havana, Cuba January 22, 2015 Extended Bilateral Session with Cuba Today, January 22, 2015, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana to discuss issues of mutual interest to the United States and Cuba. The Cuban delegation was led by the Foreign Ministry’s Director General

U.S. Distinguished Art Collector and Author to Launch Native American Art Exhibit at Ambassador’s Residence

Dr. Mark Sublette, a recognized art collector and American author, will be the guest of honor at a reception on Saturday, January 24, to kick off the Native American art exhibit at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer. The Ambassador’s art collection is part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies Program and will be on display

Assistant Secretary Jacobson’s Travel to Cuba

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will travel to Havana, Cuba on January 21-24 to take advantage of previously planned Migration Talks to launch a discussion with the Cuban Government on re-establishing diplomatic relations. Re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba is a key step for the implementation of changes in the U.S.-Cuba relationship announced by President

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century.  Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.  It has been, and still is,

Thirteen Chilean Students Selected as Youth Ambassadors 2015

Thirteen Chilean students from public and semi-public schools belonging to different regions of the country were selected from a total of more than 250 candidates to represent Chile in the Youth Ambassadors Program in the United States. The students, ages 15 to 17, will travel to the United States for three weeks where they will participate in an intensive program

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.: A Day to Serve Others

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans attempt to answer that question by performing community service. Born on January 15, 1929, King became a Baptist minister and devoted his life to ensuring equal rights for African Americans and other

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Publication of Regulatory Changes regarding Cuba

Last month, President Obama announced historic changes to our Cuba policy, beginning the process of normalization between our countries, and announcing his commitment to ease restrictions on American citizens and businesses.  Today, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce took a significant step forward in delivering on the President’s new direction by publishing regulatory amendments to existing Cuba sanctions.

School Safety course developed by USAID-OFDA

Last weekend, 28 professors from distinct schools in Santiago were trained in a School Safety course developed by USAID-OFDA, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States, which forms part of the Agency for International Development in Chile. The initiative was established in partnership with the Academy of Civil Protection of ONEMI. Its main objective is to improve

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert to Visit Chile

At the invitation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations (CNO), will be in Chile January 11-13 for an official visit with the Chilean Navy. While in Santiago and Valparaiso, he will meet with military and government civilian officials to discuss bi-lateral topics in the areas of naval and defense issues.

SelectUSA 2015 Investment Summit

Nominations for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit will be accepted until January 15. The Summit will be held March 23-24, 2015 in Washington, DC. During the SelectUSA Summit, investors from around the world will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of facilitating and/or expanding operations in the United States. The Summit will also provide information on investment opportunities from

Creation of the First Business Development Centers for Small and Medium Businesses

The Minister of Economy, Luis Felipe Céspedes, along with the General Manager of Sercotec, Bernardo Troncoso, and the U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer announced the creation of the first 33 Business Development Centers to help small and medium businesses. The centers are the result of a cooperative agreement between the United States and Chile regarding the promotion of entrepreneurship

Third Occasion of the Day of Action Against Trafficking in Persons

“Chile is a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children who are victims of Trafficking in Persons with the purpose of sexual and forced labor.” (2014 Report on Trafficking in Persons from the U.S. Department of State)  The Working Group on Trafficking in Persons made of 33 civil society groups, international organizations, and embassies from different countries

Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady

In this week’s address, the President and First Lady wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops for their service. Especially as our combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a responsible end in the coming days, we are reminded of all that military men, women, and families sacrifice to keep us safe. The President and

Toys for Tots 2014

On December 22, Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Santiago visited Colegio Diferencial Quillahue located in Lo Prado. They participated in a Christmas activity with volunteers from Red de Alimentos organization. The U.S. Marines delivered Christmas gifts to the children and sang various holiday songs. To see all the photos of the event, click here. Toys for Tots Toys for

100K Strong in the Americas: 6th Round of Innovation Grant Funding

This Competition is open to higher education institutions in the Western Hemisphere that promote study abroad or exchange programs in any field in either or both directions between the U.S. and Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. To apply on January 15, click this link. Competition closes on March 6, 2015 at 5:00 EST To learn about past winners and

Kerry on Announcement of Cuba Policy Change

I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an “imprisoned island.” For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy

Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11

International Visits to U.S. on the Rise

Some 6.1 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2014, a 2 percent increase from September 2013, the U.S. government announced December 15. Every month in 2014 has had an increase from the previous year, the U.S. International Trade Administration said. “Today’s data proves that the administration’s efforts to promote the United States as a prime vacation

Kerry at Summit of the Americas 20th Anniversary Event

SECRETARY KERRY: Roberta, thank you very much. Thank you all for being here. Thank you for your patience. I apologize for – I know we’ve kept you a little bit, and I apologize for starting late. I was stuck at the White House at a meeting, and I think some of you know what that’s like, right? I mean being

Tampa Bay Export Alliance in Chile

The Tampa Bay Export Alliance will lead a trade mission to Santiago from December 1-5, 2014 to promote export opportunities for local businesses between Chile and the United States. The trade mission includes representatives from fourteen U.S. companies from different areas that will hold meetings with Chilean entrepreneurs, exporters, distributors, and potential partners, and will participate in business meetings in

U.S. Expert on Gender in Chile

Carol Hardy-Fanta, specialist and Director Emeritus at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, will visit Valparaíso and Santiago December 1-3 to share her experiences. On December 1, Hardy-Fanta will hold meetings with researchers and teachers at the Universidad Playa Ancha in Valparaíso and will participate in a forum which will be held

Commerce Official Looks to Explore New Trade Opportunities in Chile

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Walter Bastian, will travel to Chile December 2-3, 2014, to explore ways of building new bilateral trade opportunities. While in Chile, Bastian will meet with government officials and private sector executives as he seeks to build upon the strong U.S.-Chile commercial relationship through facilitating

Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the American Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins to harvest festivals. It was customary

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until Human Rights Day on December 10, the Unite Nations has established 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign to take action and end violence against women and girls around the world. For more information, click here. In Chile, the Sernam launched a public awareness campaign to

Fact Sheet: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.  Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system. These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not

Obama to Discuss U.S. Immigration System

My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people not trapped by our past,

NBA Hall of Fame Star and WNBA Figure to Visit Chile

The State Department’s Sports Envoy program will pair basketball Hall of Famer Alex English with WNBA star Candice Wiggins for a week-long series of clinics and engagements in Santiago and Concepcion, Chile from November 16-22. In cooperation with the NBA and WNBA, the State Department’s Sports United Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will send English and

Director of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative visits Chile

Professor Parag Pathak, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at MIT and director of MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative will be the keynote speaker at the Catholic University seminar on “The U.S. Education Reform: Lessons Learned in the Past Decade”, open to the public, to be held on Tuesday, November 18 at the Aula Magna Manuel José Irarrázaval (Alameda 340,

President Barack Obama Will Deliver the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chilean Writer Isabel Allende

On November 10, President Obama named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” said the President. “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the

U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections

Midterm elections, so named because they occur in even-numbered years at the halfway point of a presidential term, determine which political party will control the two chambers of the U.S. Congress for the upcoming two years. This timing encourages pollsters and political pundits to view the outcomes as referendums on the policies of the current president, but that narrow interpretation

Education U.S. Expert will visit Santiago

Dr. Estela Bensimon, Professor of Higher Education and Co-director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the First Higher Education Inclusion Congress: Affirmative Actions to Ensure Equal Opportunities, open to the public, to be held on Thursday, November 6 at the Auditorium of the University’s

NASA Google+ Hangout Briefing on Operation IceBridge Antarctic Ice Campaign

NASA will host a live Google+ Hangout briefing on Wednesday October 29 at 4 p.m. (Santiago time) regarding Operation IceBridge’s current airborne field campaign in Antarctica. The briefing will be in English. The Google+ Hangout will include U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer and NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan from Punta Arenas, as well as officials from NASA Headquarters

NASA Begins Sixth Consecutive Year of Operation IceBridge Over Antarctica

On October 16, 2014 scientists from NASA’s Operation IceBridge began the sixth consecutive year of research overflights of Antarctica. Using the city of Punta Arenas as a base, Operation IceBridge aims to perform measurements and observations of the changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and seat ice. The campaign will run through late November. Operation IceBridge flights allow a wide

Remarks at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Thank you, I am delighted to be here. I want to begin by thanking our hosts, our friends from the Rockefeller Center, for their kind hospitality. I would also like to congratulate and commend United States Ambassador Mike Hammer, who is one of my country’s top diplomats and leads one of our finest and hardest-working embassy teams. As Under Secretary

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman to Visit Chile

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will visit Santiago, October 20-21 to conduct high-level bilateral meetings with the Government of Chile. Under Secretary Sherman is the State Department’s fourth-ranking official. She serves as the day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and oversees the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near

Second Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) Conference to be held in Santiago

The 2014 Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) conference will take place in Santiago, Chile, October 20-22, 2014. The conference is hosted by the WEAmericas Executive Board, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, Chile’s Office of the Under Secretary of Economy, and other partners.  U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine

Education U.S. Expert will visit Santiago

Prof. Elizabeth Kennedy, a K8 Curriculum and Training Developer with the Education Solutions Department at PASCO Scientific, Roseville, California, will visit Chile October 20-26 under a PAS grant to the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.  During her visit, Dr. Kennedy will do a keynote presentation October 21 at 4:00 p.m. (Auditorium Departamento de Matemática-UMCE, Av. José Pedro Alessandri

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Travel to Chile

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will visit Chile October 11-12 as part of a six-day, three-country tour that includes visits to Colombia and Peru. This is Secretary Hagel’s second trip to Latin America this year. Secretary Hagel will begin his trip in Colombia, where he will hold meetings with Colombian leaders and reinforce the bilateral wide-ranging defense partnership.  He

Two U.S. Experts on Educational Evaluation will Participate in the Third International Annual Conference of the P. Catholic University’s Education Dep

The two specialists on educational evaluation, Saul Geiser and Brent Duckor, will visit Santiago next week to participate in the Third International Annual Conference. The conference is open to the public and will be held on October 15 at the Aula Magna, Centro de Extensión UC (Alameda 390, Santiago Centro), from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Professor Saul Geiser, research

Competition #5: Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition

Partners of the Americas (Partners), the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators are pleased to announce a new grant competition as part of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative (100K Strong Americas). Competition #5: Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition This grant competition, Competition #5: Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition, with a focus on

Youth Ambassadors Program for Chile

We have selected our Youth Ambassadors for 2017! To see more details, please click here.  The Youth Ambassadors Program for Chile is a three week youth leadership exchange based in the U.S. for 13 Argentine teenagers, 13 Chilean teenagers ages 15-17 and four adult mentors (two from each country). The program aims to develop a cadre of young leaders in the

U.S. Embassy and University of Talca Renew American Academy of Science and Technology MOU

Counselor for Public Affairs Marianne Scott and University of Talca Rector Alvaro Rojas renewed the memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Embassy and that university for the continued partnership in the science diplomacy program “American Academy of Science and Technology.” The signing was held in Talca, on Wednesday, October 1. The Academy, a science corner located at the University Talca

Diversity Visa Program 2016

DV 2016 Program-Online Registration The annual Diversity Visa program makes immigrant visas available to diversity immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, 50,000 diversity visas will be available. On line registry for the program DV-2016 starts: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, (EDT), and conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon,

Obama Proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

Nearly 50 years after the United States first observed what was then National Hispanic Heritage Week, Hispanics represent a vibrant and thriving part of our diverse Nation. Their histories and cultures stretch across centuries, and the contributions of those who come to our shores today in search oftheir dreams continue to add new chapters in our national story. This month,

U.S. Embassy in Chile Holds Act of Remembrance for the Victims of 9/11

U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer presided over an official ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania which occurred on the 11th of September, 2001. The ceremony was held Thursday, September 11 at the Embassy’s Memorial Garden. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Firefighters from Rancagua’s Unit Five and

Obama Pledges to Degrade, Destroy ISIL

Washington — “America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat,” President Obama told the American people in a televised address September 10. “Our objective is clear: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.” The address came in the wake of a NATO Summit in Wales where leaders of allied

Roadside whales in the Atacama: The discovery, digitization, and salvage of Cerro Ballena

The U.S. Embassy, the University of Talca in Santiago and the American Academy of Science and Technology will offer a talk by Nicholas Pyenson (Ph.D.) Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution on ”Roadside whales in the Atacama: The discovery, digitization, and salvage of Cerro Ballena, the world’s richest graveyard of fossil marine mammals.” Dr.

U.S. Health Official Urges Increased Global Response to Ebola

Washington — The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called for speed and flexibility in the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Work on the front lines should take precedence, Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters September 2. Frieden, reporting via teleconference on his visits last week to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,

High-ranking U.S. Department of Energy Official Visits Santiago

Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Europe and the Americas in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is visiting Santiago Monday, September 8 to speak on energy efficiency at a seminar hosted by Chile’s Ministry of Energy, the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), and the University of Chile’s Center on Energy.

Online course on Comics and Graphic Novel

Are you a future English teacher currently studying in college?  Are you interested in comics or graphic novels? Are you interested in practicing your English and  learning how to use comic books in the classroom? This free educational opportunity might be for you! This online course on Comics and Graphic Novels will be offered by Prof. W. Kushkin of the

U.S. Health Agency to Launch Human Safety Study of Ebola Vaccine

Washington — The first trial in a planned series of accelerated safety studies of Ebola vaccine candidates was announced August 28 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to prevent the disease will begin the week of September 1, according to NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The early-stage trial

Ambassador Michael Hammer visits Amankay School

The story behind the Ambassador’s visit to Amankay started in March 2014, shortly after the Ambassador’s arrival in Chile. In honor of a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the U.S. Embassy launched a Facebook contest to encourage young people between the ages of 13 – 19 years to suggest places in Chile the Vice President should visit. The

Visit to the boy’s home Arturo Prat in Valparaiso

Crewmembers of the USS America and of the Chilean navy ship Sargento Aldea visited the boy’s home Arturo Prat in Valparaiso. A group of 50 marines met early morning and worked all day painting the long exterior wall. However, the crew also spent time with the boys and played several soccer matches throughout the morning, in which there were no

Seminar: Investment Opportunities for Chilean Businesses in the United States

The U.S. Commercial Service-Chile, AmCham, and SOFOFA will co-host a seminar on the latest business and investment opportunities in the United States. The seminar events will include content about investment visas, legal issues, investment opportunities, successful investment strategies and discussions about opportunities to market directly with potential investors. This event is part of the SelectUSA program, which promotes foreign capital

United States Marine Corps Participate in humanitarian disaster relief exercise of Partnership of the Americas 2014

The U.S. Naval forces and forces from Chile, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay participated in a humanitarian disaster relief exercise in Pichidangui on August 18, as part of Partnership of the Americas 2014 (POA),which is taking place August 12 to 22 in Valparaiso and Pichidangui. The exercise consisted in a humanitarian assistance operation in support of the local

Kerry at East-West Center on U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific

MR. MORRISON: Well, thank you. Aloha. I want to welcome everyone. And for our online audience, and also for the Secretary, I’d like to describe who is here in our audience. We have the mayor of Honolulu, Mayor Caldwell. We have our senator, Mazie Hirono. We have our former governor, George Ariyoshi, and our other former governor, John Waihee. We

West Coast Market Opportunities for Latin American Products

What is the actual demand for products from Latin America in the United States? Join a webchat on 20 August 16:00 GMT with Guillermo Veliz, President of Amazonas Imports Inc., a California importer of Central and South America products that will give an overview of the demand and distribution of Latin American products in the U.S. West Coast. According to

The United States and Chile Co-host Regional Dialogue on Civil-Military Cooperation in Santiago

Military leaders from the United States, Canada, Chile and six other South American nations will gather in Santiago, August 12-13 for talks regarding civil-military cooperation in support of regional security. The delegations attending the two-day South American Defense Conference will examine the military’s various roles in support of missions ranging from the provision of emergency aid during crises to energy

Rutgers University Professor to Speak on Candidate Gender Quotas

U.S. speaker Mona Lena Krook, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, will visit Chile July 30 through August 1 to discuss issues on women leadership in politics. Mona Lena Krook holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and is author of a number of scholarly articles. Her first book, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender

International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

Executive Summary History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people — including the freedom of religion — are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful. Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. President Barack Obama Introduction In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious

U.S. Embassy hosts an Iftar Dinner

In honor of the month of Ramadan, Chargé d’Affaires Dale Eppler welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the Muslim  community, religious leaders of different faiths in Chile and government representatives for an Iftar dinner. This is the fifth Iftar dinner organized by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. The White House has been celebrating an annual Iftar dinner since

Obama on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Yesterday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border. Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions. We know at least one American

Baseball Train the Trainer Program

From July 20 to 28, U.S. baseball players Anttonio Montana Brown and John Brendan Guinan will conduct a baseball “Train the Trainer” program to train young men and women who play baseball in Tocopilla and Antofagasta, with the idea that they someday become coaches. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, with the support of the Ganamos Todos Foundation.

U.S. Embassy Supports LGBT Rights

The U.S. Department of State is committed to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe. As Secretary of State John Kerry said in honor of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June, “… To the activists, allies, and LGBT individuals on the front lines combatting discrimination, you have a

Brand New USS America to Visit Chile

The USS America, the U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, will visit the port of Valparaiso in August. The ship is its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to its future homeport in San Diego, California. On this trip, the USS America will visit several countries in addition to Chile, including Colombia and Brazil.  It will enter Chilean waters through the

U.S. and Chile: Education Cooperation

During the visit to the United States by President Michelle Bachelet and her meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30th, both governments highlighted U.S-Chile bilateral cooperation in education: Training Plan for Teachers of English in Chile On June 2014, prior to the Presidents’ meeting in Washington, D.C., University of Georgetown representatives and U.S. and Chilean

Two Chileans among 12 finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC), announced twelve finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge, June 10.  Two Chilean competitors are in the group: private sector engineering company Centro Tecnológico de Aseguramiento de la Calidad (CTAC), and Núcleo Biotecnología Curauma, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. The Challenge was created to discover

Gendarmería training

On July 2nd, Chargé d’Affaires Jeffrey Vick and Senior Consular Assistant Gabriel Lathrop gave a presentation about the importance of consular access to prisoners, as required under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, at the Gendarmería’s Training Academy. About 110 undergraduate officers attended the training. The discussion focused on issues like arranging prisoner visits, getting access to interpreters,

U.S. and Chile: Trilateral Development and Security Cooperation

During the visit to the United States by President Michelle Bachelet and her meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30th, both governments highlighted U.S-Chile bilateral cooperation in trilateral development and security cooperation: Expansion of Partnership in the Caribbean The United States and Chile signed a Declaration of Intent to launch a Caribbean-wide trilateral partnership campaign,

U.S. and Chile: Energy Cooperation

The recent trip to the United States by President Michelle Bachelet and her meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30th underscored U.S-Chile bilateral cooperation in a number of areas. The following aspects were highlighted in the area of energy: Solar Plant Financing On June 27, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) approved a loan guarantee of

U.S. Embassy closed on Friday, July 4

The U.S. Embassy, Consulate, Press and Cultural section, and all other offices of the diplomatic mission in Santiago will remain closed Friday, July 4, to celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. For more information on Independence Day, click here.

Presidents Obama and Bachelet Deepen U.S.-Chile Partnership

By Michael Hammer, United States Ambassador to Chile This week I had the honor to participate in President Bachelet’s productive visit to Washington D.C. In their Oval Office meeting, the presidents reviewed their prior work together and discussed how to strengthen our partnership in order to increase national prosperity and promote world peace, particularly through our work on the UN

Flag Raising Ceremony

All Americans and their families were invited to join us for the Embassy’s Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate the 238th birthday of the United States. The ceremony was held on June 27th, featured patriotic music and concluded with a sing-a-long and awarding of prizes for best home-made cookies. To see more pictures, click here.

Obama on Border Security and Immigration Reform

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. One year ago this month, senators of both parties –- with support from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities –- came together to pass a commonsense immigration bill. Independent experts said that bill would strengthen our borders, grow our economy, shrink our deficits. As we speak, there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the

Celebration of the 4th of July at the residence of Ambassador Michael Hammer

The U.S. Ambassador in Chile, Michael Hammer, held a traditional reception to commemorate the 238th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at his residence on June 26th. Government officials, members of Congress, representatives of army, ambassadors and friends all attended the celebration. In his welcoming remarks, the Ambassador highlighted the upcoming U.S. visit of President Michelle Bachelet,

Chilean students travel to participate in the National Youth Science Camp in the United States

Chilean High School students Cristóbal Silva San Martín, student at Colegio Gran Bretaña of Hualpén, in the city of Concepción, and María Josefina Jorquera Faúndez, student at the Windsor School in Valdivia, have been selected by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, to attend the 2014 National Youth Science Camp held in West Virginia between June 27th and July 20th. The

U.S. Embassy in Chile glows in rainbow colors in the lead up to the Gay Pride Parade

The Embassy of the United States in Chile iluminated its façade with the colors of the rainbow, in support of LGBT Pride as it is celebrated in Santiago, like much of the world. June is recognized in the United States as “LGBT Pride Month,” to honor the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and celebrate their identities, with festivals, parades

U.S. Youth Ambassadors Visit Chile

A group of eight Youth Ambassadors and two mentors from the United States visited the U.S. embassy in Santiago yesterday and met with Ambassador Michael Hammer. This is the second visit of U.S. high school students to Chile as part of the Youth Ambassadors Program. The students come from various regions across the United States and will visit Chile and

U.S. Recognizes Chile’s Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The fourteenth annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released by the U.S. Department of State on June 20, 2014, acknowledges Chile’s efforts in the fight against trafficking in persons and has designated Chile, for the first time, as a Tier 1 country. A Tier 1 designation means that Chile, along with the other countries in this category, fully complies with the

Outstanding Yale Professor Gives Talk at the University of Chile

On the first day of the Third Congress of Law and Economics, organized by students of the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile, the renowned professor of economics from Yale University, Daniel Markovits, gave a talk on “Economic inequality.” Approximately 115 students attended this activity, which was co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.

Ambassador Hammer visits Mamalluca Observatory

During his visit to the IV Region, Ambassador Michael Hammer had the opportunity to visit the Mamalluca Observatory and the new dome that was installed last year after an agreement between the Academy of the Air Force from the United States, SOARD in Chile, and the Department of Physics of the University of La Serena. The agreement is for basic research

Secretary Kerry meets with Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz

In the framework of the 2014 Our Oceans Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz to discuss issues of regional cooperation and the environment. Secretary Kerry invited the Chilean Foreign Minister to participate in the Oceans Conference and the two diplomats took time for a bilateral meeting as well. During the conversation, Secretary Kerry

Ambassador Hammer Visits the Region of Coquimbo and Meets with Authorities

To adress issues of energy, sustainability and tourism, Ambassador Michael Hammer met on Monday, June 16, with the Intendente Hanne Utreras and the Regional Council Alberto Gallardo. Among the topics discussed during the meeting was the need to invest in renewable energies such as Eolic, as well as the potentialities the Coquimbo Region has to offer in terms of energy,

Ask the consul

If you have doubts on how to apply to the Visa Waiver Program, we invite you to leave your concerns. You can do it through our Facebook or Twitter account @embajadaeeuucl. Next Thursday 19th we will answer your questions.

U.S. Journalist and Speaker Janine Warner Visits Chile

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, in collaboration with Universidad Mayor, brought U.S. speaker Janine Warner to Chile for a four day program highlighting the intersection of journalism and new technology. Ms. Warner discussed the use of drones, bots and other new technologies in journalism, as well as the ethical challenges they present. Ms. Warner visited

President Obama’s Proclamation on National Oceans Month 2014

Americans look to the oceans as natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for our way of life. Our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes provide jobs and attract tourism. They provide a habitat for scores of species. They are vital to our Nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, linking us with countries across the globe and playing

U.S. Embassy opens its doors to celebrate this year’s First LEGO League-Chile Innovation

Seven teams of students who participated in the national robotics competition, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) will present their work during the “Ambassadors of Innovation” day to be held Wednesday, June 4th between 9:00 and 13:00 at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. The FIRST LEGO teams who will be participating in the event include teams from Punta Arenas, Valdivia, Diego de

DanceMotion USA Group Contra-Tiempo Provides Dance Workshop for Students

DanceMotion USA group Contra-Tiempo provided workshops this week to various groups across Chile. This included a workshop for school children ages 14-17 on Monday at the GAM Cultural Center in Santiago.  The students who participated in the workshop had some previous dancing and acting skills, and were energetic and excited to learn. About 40 students participated and were able to

United States Specialists Offer Workshop in Santiago to Help Prevent Trafficking of Wildlife

In the framework of the U.S.-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, U.S. experts will provide a workshop on the prevention of and sanctions against the illegal trafficking of species under the Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with representatives of the institutions that make up

U.S. Comic writers participating in Comic Con Chile 2014

This year’s Comic Con Chile will be featuring American father son duo Jon Bogdavone and Kal-El Bogdavone over the three day convention. Father and son will be participating in round table activities and autograph sessions with chilean audiences. On Thursday, May 29th, Jon Bogdanove gave a presentation at the Universidad del Pacífico in Las Condes to the students of the

Preview of the 44th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

ASSISTANT SECRETARY JACOBSON:  Thank you so much.  Let me start off by saying – first of all, thanking the Foreign Press Center.  They’re always gracious hosts and we’re grateful for this opportunity.  It’s nice to be back with all of you, those we’ve seen so many times before.  Ambassador Lomellin and I will talk a little bit about the goals

DanceMotion USA group arrives in Chile

DanceMotion USA group Contra-Tiempo arrived in Santiago on May 29th as part of their South American tour. Contra-Tiempo is an urban Latin dance-theater association that tours internationally. Founded in 2005, the company engages audiences across social and cultural divides and takes a progressive approach to the way in which artists function within communities. From May 29th through June 8th, Contra-Tiempo

Department of State Releases Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXI, Chile, 1969–1973

The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXI, Chile, 1969–1973. This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the most important foreign policy issues of the Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford presidential administrations. The volume documents U.S. policy toward Chile from January 20, 1969 to September 24, 1973,

Three Chilean Students Invited to IOA Summer Science Camp

The U.S. Embassy has invited three outstanding Chilean high school students to participate in the 2014 Summer Science and Innovation Camp offered by the prestigious Institute of the Americas. The students invited are Elías Armando Labarca Correa from the Liceo Likan Antai in San Pedro de Atacama; and Daphnee Melanie Berríos Castro and Sara Valentina Esperanza Calderón Mora from the Eagles

Two Chilean Students Win Contest to Participate in the National Youth Science Camp in the United States

Chilean High School students Cristóbal Silva San Martín, student at Colegio Gran Bretaña of Hualpén, in the city of Concepción, and María Josefina Jorquera Faúndez, student at the Windsor School in Valdivia, have been selected by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, to attend the 2014 National Youth Science Camp held in West Virginia between June 27th and July 20th.

United States Deputy Energy Secretary to Visit Chile Next Week

Monday, May 19th and Tuesday May 20th, United States Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman will visit Santiago as part of a broader effort to reinforce the strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Chile. His trip precedes Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s visit to the United States to meet with President Obama in June, and will further the dialogue about securing

Annual Visit USA Fair to promote travel to the U.S.

The Visit USA Committee and the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service hosted its annual Visit USA Show on Thursday May 15 and Friday May 16. The event was also supported by Brand USA, a private-public entity established by the Travel Promotion Act, that sponsored and funded most of the event as part of their mission to encourage international visitation to

Reception at the North American Institute of Chile in Concepción

During his visit to Concepción, U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer attended a reception organized by the Chilean North American Institute of Culture. The State Department sponsored event hosted a group of scholars from various programs and brought together regional members of the legal and educational community and government officials.

Pamphlet “Starting and Maintaining a Blog”

May 3, is World Press Freedom day, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate the fundamentals of a free and independent press and the importance of freedom of expression. Internet and social media platforms, such as blogs, have brought significant changes. Today people not only have access to a large array of information, they have also transitioned from being mere

International Jazz Day

On Wednesday, April 30, the Santiago Binational Center will host several activities related to International Jazz Day. The entrance is free. More information here (PDF 230 KB – Get Adobe Reader)

U.S. Embassy Awards Prize for Innovation and Intellectual Property Contest to Teacher from Liceo Santa Maria de Las Condes

As part of World Intellectual Property Day, on Friday, April 25, U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer and NGO Licensing Executives Society (LES)-Chile Director Rodrigo León, presented Bernardo Soto, a computer science teacher at Liceo Santa Maria de Las Condes, with an award in recognition of the successful implementation of the workshop “Videogame Design and Intellectual Property Protection.” The workshop is sponsored

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Earth Day 2014

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, on April 22, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago organized a series of activities in Santiago and Talca. Early morning, Embassy employees arrived to work on their bicycles as another group distributed to passersby 100 Quillay saplings and six boxes of apples.  CONAF donated the trees, which will be planted in the homes of the

USAID and Swedish, Dutch Agencies Partner for Desalination Prize

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands March 21 announced the launch of the Desal Prize for innovations in brackish water desalination. The Desal Prize is part of the $32 million Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. The U.S. Bureau

U.S. Speaker to Address Cyber Bullying and Homophobic Bullying

Maria Eugenia “Maru” Gonzalez will visit Chile from April 7-11 to address topics in school bullying, including homophobic bullying and cyberbullying, in Santiago, Valparaiso and Arica. Ms. Gonzalez will conduct two workshops on school bullying for elementary and secondary school teachers, school principals and administrators at University of Tarapacá in Arica (April 7-8), where she will also meet with Psychosocial

U.S., U.K. and Chile Commemorate 200th Anniversary of Battle of Valparaiso

On March 28, U.S., British, and Chilean officials headed two ceremonies marking the 200th anniversary of the Naval Battle that took place in the Valparaiso Bay in 1814. U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer, British Ambassador Fiona Clouder, and Chilean Navy Captain Andres Rodrigo –on behalfof Commander of the Chilean Navy’s First Naval Zone Rear Admiral Julio Leiva- presented floral

Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge

Challenge will award funding and support to high-impact solutions that help SMEs in Latin America grow and succeed. The U.S. Department of State has partnered with World Environment Center to launch the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge. The mission of this challenge is to discover and reward local, high-impact solutions that help small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America

U.S. Exhibits Aircraft and Hosts Trade Pavilion at FIDAE 2014

Once again, the United States is participating in the International Air and Space show, FIDAE 2014, that is taking place in Santiago from March 25 to 30. The U.S. is hosting a trade pavilion comprised of more than 75 exhibitors, representing civil and commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, maintenance, aerospace technologies, and airport services. In addition, delegations from the U.S.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin Leads Congressional Delegation to Visit Chile

United States Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is leading a delegation to Chile March 16-19 on a visit that will include stops throughout South America. Senator Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Health, Education Labor & Pension (HELP) Committee. The delegation also includes Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Bernard Sanders (I-VT); Representatives George Miller (D-11th/CA) and Jared Huffman (D-2nd/CA); and Representative

Recorriendo Chile with U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer

New U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Michael A. Hammer, introduces himself and his family in this video. http://goo.gl/8oCbto During his time in Chile, Ambassador Hammer would like to see a much of the country as he can.  He invites you to suggest places he should visit through our Facebook page. You can participate by sending a picture with your suggestions to

Vice President Joe Biden announces DHS will accelerate the implementation of the VWP for Chile

On Monday, March 10, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Homeland Security will accelerate the implementation of Chile’s participation in the Visa Waiver Program. The Vice President made the announcement in Santiago after meeting with President Sebastian Piñera. Vice President Biden declared that, starting on March 31, eligible Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic

FACT SHEET: The United States and Chile

Today, Vice President Joe Biden is in Chile to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Michelle Bachelet. The Vice President’s visit will underscore the long-standing close ties between the United States and Chile, and highlight our cooperation in the following areas: Free Trade Agreement: The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement continues to benefit both nations.  Bilateral trade in goods grew to $28

U.S. Government Announces Chile’s Designation to the Visa Waiver Program

Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, announced Chile’s designation to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  Chile is now one of 38 participants in the program. Secretary Johnson made the announcement accompanied by Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, Chile’s Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, and Chile’s Ambassador to the United States Felipe

Smithsonian Scientists Solve “Sudden Death at Sea” Mystery

Clues Unearthed in an Ancient Whale Graveyard Mass strandings of whales have puzzled people since Aristotle. Modern-day strandings can be investigated and their causes, often human-related, identified. Events that happened millions of years ago, however, are far harder to analyze—frequently leaving their cause a mystery. A team of  Smithsonian and Chilean scientists examined a large fossil site of ancient marine

Secretary Kerry Remarks in Indonesia on Climate Change

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, Robert. Thank you very, very much. I don’t know. I think some of you were cheering twice for the same university. I don’t know. (Laughter.) It seemed to come from the same place anyway.What a pleasure to be here at America, where we are looking at all of the air conditioning pipes running right through here.

Secretary Kerry on Recent Violence in Venezuela

The United States is deeply concerned by rising tensions and violence surrounding this week’s protests in Venezuela. Our condolences go to the families of those killed as a result of this tragic violence.We are particularly alarmed by reports that the Venezuelan government has arrested or detained scores of anti-government protestors and issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon to Visit Chile

United States Representative for California, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), will head a delegation that will visit Chile February 16-18 on a tour that includes stops throughout South America.  Congressman McKeon is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The delegation will also include Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Austin Scott (R-GA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). While in

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to the Republic of Chile and the Dominican Republic

The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to the Republic of Chile and the Dominican Republic in the second week of March.  In Chile, the Vice President will lead the U.S. delegation to the Inauguration of Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet.  In Santo Domingo, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of

Paralympics Highlight More than Athletic Skill

Following the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Russia will host the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games March 7–16. Paralympic athletes will compete in skiing, hockey, biathlon and — for the first time — snowboarding competitions. The Paralympic Games are not just a chance to showcase the amazing ways in which athletes with physical and mental disabilities perform and compete. They also can

U.S. Agencies Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking

By Jane Morse Washington — The Obama administration, as part of its commitment to fight human trafficking, has produced the first Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.The five-year plan, released January 14, lays out a path for increased collaboration among more than 15 U.S. federal government agencies. “Traditionally, individual federal agencies

Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2014

Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity — home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue their own measure of freedom, hundreds of thousands arrived in chains. Through centuries of struggle, and

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman Visits Chile

The United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Michael Froman, traveled to Chile and Peru February 3-4 to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with high-level officials. The TPP, now in the late stages of negotiation, is a 12-country effort to negotiate a high-standard agreement to open markets across the Asia-Pacific and support job creation. The agreement will serve to strengthen Chile’s

State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans:Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add

Consular outreach in southern Chile

Vice-Consul Sarah Clymer visited Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales on January 21 and 22.  During the visit which focused on providing services to American citizens in the region, Clymer also discussed emergency management preparation with ONEMI director David Tapia.  In order to improve the safety of Americans visiting Torres del Paine, Clymer met with CONAF Park Superintendent Frederico Hechenleiter to

State of the Union Address Deeply Rooted in American History

When President Obama addresses other leaders of the U.S. federal government on January 28 he will be fulfilling a constitutional obligation and following a long-standing tradition of American presidents. The U.S. Constitution requires that the president report to Congress “from time to time” on the “State of the Union.” This constitutional requirement has evolved into the president’s annual State of

Virtuoso American Violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio to Perform in Frutillar en Valdivia

American violinist and violist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and pianist Jeffrey Sykes will participate in 2014 edition of Frutillar Music Week. They will offer a concert at Teatro del Lago on Thursday, January 30, at 12:00 noon. On January 31, they will perform in Valdivia, at the El Austral Cultural Center, at 8:00pm. Both musicians visited Chile in 2009, sponsored by the

2014 Youth Ambassadors to the United States

Thirteen Chilean Students from subsidized public high schools from around the country were selected from more than 300 candidates to represent Chile in the Youth Ambassadors program in the United States. The program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and made possible through the U.S. Embassy in Santiago and World

Living in English at the Liceo Agrícola Tadeo Perry Barnes

Mary Sue Fields, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy, attended the closing ceremony of an “English Camp” at the Liceo Agricola Tadeo Perry Barnes on Tuesday, January 21st. The purpose of this SNA Educa program, which is also supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education, is to motivate high school students to improve and practice their English as a

Haiti Remains U.S. Government Priority

By John Groarke | Mission Director in Haiti, U.S. Agency for International Development  Each morning, the bulky, unwieldy vehicle navigates an uneven, rocky path that in some areas of Haiti is a common road. Only my seatbelt keeps me from hitting the roof as I make my way to the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince. A newcomer to the country, I see each

New Funding Encourages Latin American-U.S. Student Exchanges

By Jane Morse | Staff Writer Washington — U.S. Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry announced at a January 17 event at the State Department that $3.65 million has been raised to foster more student exchanges in Latin America and the United States. The money will go to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas innovation fund. Its

Remarks by President Obama on Review of Signals Intelligence

At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the group’s members included Paul Revere. At night, they would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots. Throughout American history, intelligence has helped secure our country

Presidential Proclamation on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Each year, America sets aside a day to remember a giant of our Nation’s history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, offered a redemptive path for oppressed and oppressors alike, and led a Nation

Webcast: 100,000 Strong in the Americas

The livestream of the January 17th 100,000 Strong in the Americas event with VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, which takes place at 2:45 PM EST (4:45pm Santiago,) will be available on http://state.gov and http://video.state.gov/live/ . Live tweets in English on @StateDeptLive and @StateDept. @USAenEspanol will translate the live tweets in Spanish. ECA Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan is tweeting on her

United States Department of State Report on Trafficking in Persons – Chile Chapter

CHILE (Tier 2) Chile is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Chilean women and children are exploited in sex trafficking within the country, as are women and girls from other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Men, women, and children, primarily

Open Call for 2014 Chile Fulbright Scholarships for Master’s and PhD degrees from U.S. universities

We are pleased to announce two opportunities offered by the Fulbright Commission. The 2014 Chile Fulbright -Chile 2014 Call for scholarships at U.S. universities for Master teachers from public schools, private schools subsidized and regulated by the DL 3166. This opportunity is open to teachers of primary and secondary education. Furthermore, the Commission for Educational Exchange between Chile and the

International organizations, embassies and NGO’s convoke conference on “Action Day Against Trafficking in Persons”

The Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, formed by 33 civil society groups, international organizations and embassies from an array of counries, are organizing an international conference on the “Action Day Against Trafficking in Persons.” The goa lis to create awareness and promote opportunities for greater cooperation among countries, government agencies, and civil society to prevent Trafficking in Persons, which

Director of Early Learning Education for Boston Public Schools speaks at UDP Conference on Early Childhood Education and Development

U.S. speaker Jason Sachs, Ph.D., Director of Early Learning Education for Boston Public Schools, is visiting Chile January 8-11 through a grant from the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section to the School of Education of University Diego Portales (UDP). Dr. Sachs, who has extensive experience in building early childhood systems and in research and evaluation, was the keynote speaker at

Teachers and students of 14 cities fully engaged in intensive English workshops

Over one thousand English teachers are participating in this year’s Summer Town, a workshop to practice techniques on how to motivate students and integrate new teaching technologies into the classroom. The workshop is being held in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena, Viña del Mar, Rancagua, Santiago, Talca, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia and Puerto Montt from January 6 to the 16th. This

Innovative dance company from New York participates in Santiago a Mil festival

American dance company, Tickle the Sleeping Giant, led by choreographer Trajal Harrel, performs its work “Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church” January 7, 8, and 9 in the GAM Cultural Center during the International Festival of Theater “Santiago a Mil.”The group, originally from New York, is characterized by a style that is innovative, provocative, and extravagant

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Visited Chile and Biobio Post-Reconstruction Area

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Chile from January 4-7, 2014 at the invitation of Chilean Minister of Housing and Urban Development Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna. The Secretary met with President Sebastian Piñera and other officials in Santiago and toured reconstruction projects completed in the wake of Chile’s 2010 earthquake and tsunami in the Biobio Region. The primary purpose

Proclamation on Slavery, Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social

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