Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has hired Dentons Global Advisors to a $1.4M contract to raise support for its human rights policy program, and strengthen its relationship with the US government.

Human Rights Watch reports that structural racial discrimination, inequality, criminalization of abortion and the excessive use of force by the National Police are major human rights concerns in the DR.

It noted that authorities are still implementing a 2013 ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that stripped citizenship from tens of thousand of Dominicans of migrant descent, mostly of Haitian origin. The DR and Haiti share the island of Hispaniola.

DGA is to research, identify and advocate for human rights best practices, recommendations and communications strategies for DR’s Minister of the Presidency Joel Adrian Santos Echavarria.

The firm may engage in political activities for the DR, including PR counseling, lobbying and distribution of informational material to the US government officials, thought leaders and members of the media.

DGA’s three-member DR team includes partners Jose Miguel Vivanco, who was Americas director for Human Rights Watch; Kristin Bahnsen, part of the firm’s intelligence offering; and associate partner Andres Garcia Palaez, an alum of FTI Consulting.