Media CenterCRS Applauds Bipartisan House Bill that Would Authorize Aid to Northern Triangle

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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2019 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) applauds the bipartisan introduction of The United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act (H.R. 2615), which was introduced to the House earlier this month, and which would authorize U.S. aid to countries in the Northern Triangle.

“This bill is a clear sign of bipartisan commitment to poor and vulnerable communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras,” said CRS Executive Vice President Bill O’Keefe. “U.S. humanitarian and development leadership in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America is critical to address the root causes of migration and support prosperity in the region.”

On March 29, the administration announced plans to revoke previously appropriated funds to the Northern Triangle of Central America. The United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act would prioritize inclusive growth and development in the region. Furthermore, the bill authorizes $577 million in assistance to Central America, including the poverty-reducing humanitarian and development aid necessary to address high rates of violence, food insecurity and lack of economic opportunity. The authorization prevents funds from being reprogrammed, transferred or rescinded.

“Abandoning poor and marginalized communities is not an option,” O’Keefe said. “We know how to help people decide not to migrate. We need to promote human security, good governance and prosperity for all. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure the U.S. government continues to support effective poverty-reducing programming in the region.”


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.  For more information, visit or and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; and in Spanish at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
May 21, 2019

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement of...More