Samantha Power, head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Monday that the United States will provide $115 million in collaboration aid to El Salvador in order to decrease migration from the Central American country.
“We can work with local partners in Central America to expand opportunities for youth and help them get away from violence,” Power said at the Central American University’s migration conference, where she unveiled the assistance effort.
The money will include $50 million for security, $35 million for programs to counter violence against women and $30 million in job training, Power said.
USAID says it will also contribute $12 million for small and medium-sized businesses in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that were affected by coronavirus-related lockdowns.
The Biden administration has pledged to invest $4 billion to address the root causes of migration from Central America.