June 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to sanctions imposed against individuals engaged in corrupt acts and human rights violations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cambodia.

“I support today’s decision by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to sanction individuals involved in corruption and human rights violations throughout the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cambodia,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “To date, nearly 60 individuals have been sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which imposes significant sanctions on the property of an individual involved in serious human rights abuse or corruption that threaten the stability of our nation’s economic system. In an effort to strengthen and maintain our democracy, it is critical that we continue to hold individuals accountable and speak out against human rights violations and corruption that can harm and significantly impact the U.S. financial system and our global community.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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