Four former Central American presidents of the Latin American Presidential Mission visited the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2016 as part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Esquipulas Accords. The Accords helped end decades of conflict in the region and establish democracy.
At the luncheon, USCRI staff presented information on their work and commended the presidents for their ongoing efforts for peacebuilding through the Latin American Presidential Mission. The Latin American Presidential Mission is an association of former heads of state committed to greater regional integration, effective and transparent governance, and sustainable and equitable development.
While in Washington, the former presidents collectively proposed a revival of the Esquipulas process to address the current regional challenges of poverty, gang violence and corruption which is the impetus behind many Central Americans fleeing their countries.