November 3, 2017
NYU Washington, DC and the Embassy of El Salvador presented a conversation on the contributions of the Salvadoran TPS Population in the United States.
This panel allowed an inter-sectoral dialogue on the contributions of the Salvadoran TPS population in the economic, social, labor and cultural spheres in American society. The panel also examined the experiences of Salvadorans who live, work and contribute to the development of their communities in the United States while still supporting their families and communities in El Salvador.
Hugo Roger Martinez held the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009-2013, and again since 2014 as a Cabinet member of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén’s Administration.
Hugo Roger Martinez graduated as engineer at the University of El Salvador with a Master’s Degree in Engineering on Formation and Employment Systems from the University of Toulouse, France; Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Central American University “Doctor Jose Simeon Cañas ", El Salvador and Human Resources Administration at the Latin American University of Science and Technology, Costa Rica.
In addition, he completed Senior Management Programs at the Central American Institute on Business Administration, (INCAE, for its initials in Spanish) in Costa Rica, and the Central American University "Dr. Jose Simeon Cañas in El Salvador", as well as several internships on Specialization Knowledge on Political and Democratic Systems in the United States, Spain and Sweden. He has worked professionally in the Superior Council of the Central American University (CSUCA, for its initials in Spanish) as Director of External Cooperation of the University of El Salvador, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador.
His parliamentary experience began in 1994 in the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador as a member of the legislative faction of the FMLN Party. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Culture and Education and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Central American Integration and Salvadorans Abroad Committee. With this experience, he also actively participated in the efforts of the Central American and the Caribbean Legislative Bodies Presidents’ Forum (FOPREL, for its initials in Spanish) and the World Inter-Parliamentary Union.
He assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs on June 1, 2009, leading the El Salvador initiative to re-launch the Central American integration process, with the approval of all the Presidents of the isthmus. In 2010, he defined five work priority areas for the region: democratic security, comprehensive risk management and climate change, social inclusion and fight against poverty, economic integration and strengthening of regional institutionalism.
With this roadmap, during the second half of 2011, he also led several actions undertaken by the country under the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA, for its initials in Spanish), culminating with the celebration of the Consultative Group for Central American Reconstruction and Development, in December 2012, through which the region made visible to the international community the need to be supported in their efforts to adapt to climate change.
He received an award by the governments of Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Peru and Taiwan, as well as by the General Secretariat of SICA, for his efforts towards regional integration and strengthening bilateral relations. On June 27, 2013, he was elected Secretary General of SICA, during the XLI Summit of Heads of State and Government of SICA, for a period of four years. He took office on July 1, 2013.
On June 1, 2014 he once again took office as Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador as a Cabinet member of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén’s Administration.
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Jason Marczak is director of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Atlantic Council in October 2013 to launch the Arsht Center and set the strategic direction for its Latin America work.
Marczak brings more than fifteen years of experience focusing on regional economics, politics, and development. With Marczak's leadership, the Arsht Center has established itself as the "go-to" center for analysis, insight, and impact on the new Latin America and its strategic role in the world. He is at the forefront of its influential work on pressing issues: Venezuela’s crisis; NAFTA modernization and trade; China-Latin America ties; Colombia’s peacebuilding; Cuba engagement; Central America’s prosperity; the new Brazil; women’s leadership; and energy’s future.
Most recently, Marczak directed a four-country task force on Central America’s Northern Triangle with General John F. Kelly as the co-chair before he joined the Trump administration. He jointly oversaw a similar bipartisan effort on Colombia, co-chaired by Senators Benjamin Cardin and Roy Blunt. Among his publications, he served as a primary author of Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios (Dec. 2016), published jointly with the Inter-American Development Bank.
Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America with appearances in hundreds of US and regional press outlets, including a weekly appearance on Bloomberg TV in Mexico. Jason is also a Huffington Post blogger. He has testified before the US Congress on key regional developments.
In addition to his role at the Atlantic Council, Marczak is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He joined the faculty in August 2016.
Marczak previously served as director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) in New York City, where he was a cofounder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. He advanced worked hand-in-hand with corporate executives and senior policymakers to advocate for policy changes that addressed business priorities.
Prior to joining AS/COA in 2006, Marczak was a program officer and founding member of Partners of the Americas' Center for Civil Society. He managed efforts to ensure civil society participation in multilateral processes, including the Summits of the Americas. From 1999 to 2001, he was a legislative aide in the House of Representatives with a portfolio including trade, foreign affairs, technology, and small business issues. He has also worked at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Andean Community General Secretariat in Lima, Peru.
He received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a master's degree in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. While a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he served as a member of its 2014 North America Task Force. He is a Board Member of Qualitas of Life Foundation in New York City.
Royce Bernstein Murray is the Policy Director at the American Immigration Council where she oversees the Council’s policy advocacy and research. Prior to joining the Council, Royce served as the Director of Policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center where she worked on legislative and administrative advocacy on issues impacting the due process rights and treatment of vulnerable immigrants. She previously worked as an immigration and human rights law consultant for organizations including the National Immigration Forum, Center for Global Development, and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund. Royce was also an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. She also previously worked at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel, Refugee and Asylum Law Division, and as a Presidential Management Fellow and Asylum Officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service Office of International Affairs. She began her legal career interning with NGOs, including the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now “Human Rights First”), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, and Ayuda. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York Bar.
José A. Palma brings a decade of success fighting for social, economic justice and immigrants’ rights to Justice at Work. José was born in Usulután, El Salvador. He came to the United States in 1998 and has lived in Lynn, MA since 2002. José earned his Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies at North Shore Community College in 2011, which included an internship at Greater Boston Legal Services. Before joining Justice at Work, José was the Political and Organizing Director for Neighbor-2-Neighbor, where he led efforts to combine issue organizing with electoral work. Jose has also worked with Centro Presente and the Student Immigrant Movement and has been part of the effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform across the country.