Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs within the Department state is the office responsible for managing and promoting the U.S. interests in the region by supporting democracy, trade, and sustainable economic development. The Bureau fosters cooperation on issues such as drug trafficking and crime, poverty reduction, and environmental protection.

The mission of the Bureau is to work with partners in the Americas to generate broad-based growth through freer trade and sound economic policies; to invest in the well-being of people from all walks of life; and to make democracy serve every citizen more effectively and justly.

The objective if the Bureau is to strengthen an Inter-American community formed by:

a. democratic, stable, and prosperous economic partners;

b. friendly neighbors helping to secure the nation against terrorism and illegal drugs; and

c. nations that work together in the world to advance shared political and economic values.