Dionisio Gutiérrez and his allies in the West Hemisphere

June 06, 2019

In the last weeks, Dionisio Gutiérrez met in Washington with high-ranking officials and former officials in government institutions and agencies that make great efforts to improve security in the continental hemisphere.

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In Guatemala, the absence of rule of law, the incompetence, the lack of opportunities and corruption has turned us into a nation that is hostage to underdevelopment and poverty, of drug trafficking and violence.

The moral decay of politicians and the lack of commitment from the elites turn Guatemala into a risk for itself and a threat for hemispheric security.

Recently, the president of Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo, Dr. Dionisio Gutiérrez, held meetings with authorities from the United States government, to seek for spaces of understanding and ways to cooperate.

In Washington, Dionisio Gutiérrez met with high-ranking officials and former officials in government institutions and agencies that make great efforts to improve security in the continental hemisphere.

These are some of the personalities that met with Dionisio Gutiérrez in Washington:

Peter Edge, former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of ICE.

James Milford, former Deputy Director of the DEA and the Justice Department.

Dionisio Gutiérrez was also invited to the ceremony of LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK,  where he met with Michelle Leonhart, former Director of the DEA and Chief of Police, Donald De Lucca, who was president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Additionally, Dr. Gutiérrez met with Robert Patterson, former Acting Administrator of the DEA and held an important meeting with Joseph Funk, former Director of the Secret Service and Frank Larkin, former Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate.

During the LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK in Washington, Dionisio Gutiérrez met with Jeff Sessions, who until recently was the Attorney General of the United States. This meeting had the same purpose as the one that took place some weeks ago between Dr. Dionisio Gutiérrez and Sérgio Moro, the Brasilian Judge who exposed the case of Lava Jato and sent hundreds of corrupt people to jail.

Dionisio Gutiérrez also met in Washington with Brian Ware, Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security, to discuss hemispheric security.

In Guatemala, last week, by invitation of the American Embassy, Dionisio Gutiérrez attended the meeting of the civil society with Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and the ambassador of that country in Guatemala, Mr. Luis Arriaga, to discuss the causes of illegal migration and possible solutions.

For more than 15 years, Dionisio Gutiérrez has held a close relationship and active participation in multiple institutions and organizations in Washington, think tanks and universities. He is a member in committees of Georgetown University and of the Harvard Kennedy School, among others.

Since 2003, after the "Jueves Negro" (Black Thursday), Dr. Gutiérrez has consolidated a series of allies and efforts that seek the strengthening of democracies and justice systems in Iberian America.

The friendship and commitment with presidents, governors, ambassadors and high-ranking officials is based on a common cause: the destiny and security of the American continent. For example, presidents Aznar of Spain, Calderón of Mexico, Figueres, Arias and Alvarado of Costa Rica, Pastrana, Gaviria and Uribe of Colombia, Quiroga of Bolivia, Lagos of Chile, Lacalle of Uruguay, Governor Bush of Florida and many others, who are friends and defenders of liberty, democracy, and rule of law in Latin America.