March 8, 2011, Mr. José Ricardo Taveras Blanco was installed as Director of the Department for Migration in the Dominican Republic. He is the secretary general of the Hjalmarson Foundation’s sister party in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Taveras Blanco is the Secretary General of Fuerza Nacional Progresista (FNP), sister party of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in the Dominican Republic. He has been MP of FNP during two periods (2002-2006 and 2006-2010) though failing to be reelected due to fraud in the past elections in May 2010. Taveras Blanco has a long experience as a politician and as a lawyer and he is Vice-President of the regional organization Unión de Partidos Latinoamericanos (UPLA), within the International Democrat Union. Mr. Taveras Blanco visited Sweden as a guest of the JHS and as an observer in the past elections in Sweden together with prominent politicians from several countries. He participated in a special election watch program arranged by the Foundation which included seminars, conferences and bilateral meetings with politicians and institutions.