Assistant Secretary Risch leads U.S. delegation in bilateral Consular Dialogue

Brasilia, February 2, 2018: Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch joined Ambassador P. Michael McKinley in leading a U.S. delegation in a collaborative and productive bilateral Consular Dialogue with the government of Brazil on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Brasilia. Undersecretary General of Brazilian Communities Abroad and Consular and Legal Affairs Ambassador Maria Dulce Barros led the Brazilian delegation.  The United States and Brazil focused on strengthening joint efforts to protect our citizens and to facilitate legitimate travel. Participants also discussed consular notification and access obligations, resolving international parental child abduction cases, the intercountry adoption process, extradition, and exchanged best practices for crisis management.

Assistant Secretary Risch visited the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro on January 31 and attended a ceremony celebrating the launch of electronic visas for U.S. citizens interested in traveling to Brazil.  Ambassador McKinley delivered remarks at the ceremony highlighting that “We applaud all efforts to facilitate people-to- people and economic ties between our countries, strengthening our bilateral relationship and stimulating growth.”  While in Rio, Assistant Secretary Risch focused on efforts to promote legitimate travel to the United States and to strengthen judicial partnerships with Hague Network judges who handle international parental child abduction cases.

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