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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to visit Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kirsten Madison, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, will be in Jamaica on an official visit, February 27 and 28, 2008.

Ms. Madison will meet with government leaders, business representatives, members of civil society and the press. She will discuss a range of issues of common concern including counter-narcotics and hemispheric security, crime, corruption and policy initiatives to support economic development in Jamaica.

Ms. Madison’s portfolio includes a broad range of issues regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba and the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. She previously served as Director for Central American and Caribbean Basin Affairs at the National Security Council.

In 2002, Ms. Madison was Senior Advisor to Cesar Gaviria during his tenure as Secretary General of the Organization of American States. She has also worked as a Congressional staffer in the House of Representatives where she handled foreign affairs and national security issues in the office of former Florida Representative Porter Goss, and in the Senate where she was a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff of former Senator Jesse Helms.

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