May 25, 2011

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Hearing on Combating Drug Violence in Central America

This hearing focused on U.S. efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking and enhance security throughout Central America. Because of recent enforcement efforts in Mexico, drug traffickers are increasingly using Central America as a transshipment point for illegal drugs bound for the United States.

The hearing transcript is available here.

Opening Statements


Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Feinstein’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Chuck Grassley

Sen. Grassely’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Thomas Harrigan

Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Roberta Jacobson

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Hemispheric Security Coordinator, U.S. Department of State

Cynthia Arnson

Director, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Kevin Casas-Zamora

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute and the former Vice President of Costa Rica

Ray Walser

Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation