Otto Reich, who served in the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, is working to help develop a new narrative for Guatemala.
Thousands of young children from that Central American nation have fled to the US to escape widespread poverty and violence of their country.
Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molina wants the US to provide at least $2B to it and neighboring El Salvador and Honduras to attack the root problem of the immigration wave.
Otto Reich Assocs., under a subcontract with Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, is working to "improve the perception, reputation and the understanding of the reality of Guatemala," according to the contract.
Reich will help devise a strategy to "move forward on the change of narrative from Guatemala to Washington, allowing representatives of both North American political parties that are willing to abandon the reference of the Guatemala of the 1970s and 1980s," according to the pact, which is referring to the era when the country was rocked by civil war and rampant abuses of human rights.
Reich also will advance military cooperation between Guatemala and the US.
He was in charge of the US Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America during the Nicaraguan civil war, in charge of lobbying for the contras.
He also served as US ambassador to Venezuela.
Reich's firm is to receive $113K for its work from July 15 to Dec. 15.
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