Foreign Affairs

As the first Dominican American to serve in Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.

Since the initial wave of Dominican migration in the 1960s to the most recent arrivals of today, Dominicans and Dominican-Americans have worked hard to contribute to the national identity of the United States, educating people on their customs and enriching the quality of our shared futures. Contributions from Dominican-Americans can be found in every facet of United States life, including Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Baseball Giant “Big Papi,” Novelist Julia Alvarez, and Actress Zoe Saldana. That is why Congressmember Adriano Espaillat introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national month of recognition for Dominican-Americans to honor Dominican people and their contributions. He also introduced a resolution supporting the establishment of a national day of recognition for Juan Pablo Duarte to honor the founding father or the Dominican Republic.

In Congress, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat has been pushing for:

  • Emergency Preparedness in the Caribbean
  • U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America
  • Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)
  • Investing in Energy Potential in the Caribbean
  • Funding for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is also concerned with funding the State Department, and believes in the importance of diplomacy. He is also concerned with national security. That is why he introduced the Make Our Government Safe Act, which would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prevent anyone from serving on the National Security Council who has made the statements that Steve Bannon did about taking down the system. His bill would prevent someone who has threatened to destroy the government from participating in or attending National Security Council meetings.

More on Foreign Affairs

August 16, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to deny Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) entry into Israel:


July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic will implement recommendations offered by Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) to improve safety models for the protection of tourists in the Dominican Republic. Espaillat published these recommendations after his visit to the country earlier this month, during which he met with leaders of the tourism industry and officials of the Embassy of the United States.


July 22, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the House of Justice located at 106 West 145th Street, New York, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a ‘Speak Out’ event to build public awareness and call for the immediate release of Americans Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, and his two team members, David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel, who have been unjustly imprisoned in Sweden for nearly three weeks. Rep.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will visit the Dominican Republic as a tourist from July 1 to 6 of this year, where he will also enjoy the country's tourist attractions with his family as he does every year, and his schedule will include meetings with government officials, executives from the tourism industry and officials of the United States Embassy in the country, with the purpose of continuing to support tourism on the Caribbean island and collaboration with the authorities in search fo

July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (R-NY-13) and Representative Paul Cook (R-CA-08) introduced the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), a national security bill to stop the flow of electronic waste (e-waste) to China. China regularly uses e-waste to counterfeit electronics while returning these dangerous faux products, including critical military equipment, back into the market.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced that the House has adopted his amendment to increase critical funding for security cooperation with Caribbean nations to fight illicit drug trafficking and prevent escalating violence. Rep. Espaillat’s amendment provides for a $2 million increase of the minimum funding level for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of World Refugee Day:


“Today, on World Refugee Day, we reflect on our continuing obligation to provide protections and asylum for the millions who have fled their homes due to persecution and fear when faced with unimaginable challenges,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).