St. Vincent and the Grenadines Better Able to Manage Impacts of Changing Weather Patterns

As part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in the region, the United States Government has procured US$105,000 worth of climate and marine monitoring equipment for the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The initiative is part of a US$10 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ...
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U.S. Government Supports Opening of Regional Zika Project Headquarters in Barbados

As part of ongoing efforts in the Caribbean region to combat the spread of the Zika virus, the United States Government is supporting the opening of a Barbados-based Regional Headquarters for the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported initiative focuses on vector control to strengthen the region’s capacity to ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Vincent from Tuesday, November 13 to Friday, November 16, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ...
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Apply for the 2019 GIST Initiative Technology Idea Competition

Young Science and Technology Innovators and Entrepreneurs invited to apply for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition The application process is currently open for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition.  The GIST Tech-I ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, November 6, to Thursday, November 8, 2018.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services ...
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The 2019 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown seeks proposals for 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2019. Proposals must be submitted by November 30, 2018, for projects that ...
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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Hosts Advanced Mutual Legal Assistance Workshop for Regional Attorneys

On 16 and 17 October, 2018, the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), hosted an advanced Mutual Legal Assistance Workshop for regional attorneys in Barbados. This workshop follows the first Mutual Legal Assistance Seminar, held in Barbados in April 2018. Building effective central authorities for mutual legal ...
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U.S. Social Security Services and other Federal Benefits St. John – October 23-24, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Antigua to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind you that beneficiaries residing in Antigua and Barbuda must complete their annual report to the Social ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St Kitts and Nevis October 29 – November 01, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday, October 29 to Thursday, November 02, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports ...
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Alumni Outreach Sessions

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites past and present participants of Department of State Exchange programs to participate in our Alumni Outreach sessions. The Alumni Outreach Sessions will be held within the last quarter of 2018 in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. ...
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Hackathon Displays St. Lucian Students’ Robotics skills

St. Lucian students from four schools participated in a two-day hackathon event to showcase their new skills as part of a United States Government-supported Robotics and Coding pilot program. The program relates to a branch of engineering and science that allows students to design and use robots through computer programming. The Robotics and Coding initiative ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates supplies to I AM A GIRL BARBADOS

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown celebrated International Day of the Girl Child by joining the global drive to empower and invest in girls. The Embassy donated over USD$4,400 to the Non-Governmental Organization, I AM A GIRL BARBADOS. Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, James Rodriguez, presented the ...
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Ambassador Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project

History & Visual Arts enthusiasts, have we got a challenge for you! U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites Fourth and Fifth Form secondary school students in Barbados and Dominica to submit entries for U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project. Competition Background: During her three year tour, Ambassador Taglialatela has visited primary and secondary schools throughout ...
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Dream Big: Inspiring Women Collage Competition

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision!” U.S. Embassy Bridgetown encourages all girls to be creative, and show us how they dream big! Calling all Brownies! The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites Girl Guides in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Donates Books to the Barbados National Library for International Literacy Day

On Saturday, September 8, in honor of International Literacy Day, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, James Rodriguez, along with the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, Commander Elizabeth Booker, visited the Barbados National Library Service for a “Saturday Story Hour” and book donation. This outreach stemmed from the Embassy’s goal of reducing youth ...
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United States funds project for Improving Surge Capacity for Health Emergency and Disaster Response in the Eastern Caribbean

September 18, 2018 The United States Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, will partially fund the development of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Level 2 Capability Project within the Barbados Defense Force as part of a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization proposal. EMT Level 2 Capability will afford the Barbados Defense Force ...
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United States Marine Forces South Marksmanship Training with Regional Security System

September 13, 2018 United States Marine Forces South Marksmanship Training with Regional Security System United States Ambassador Taglialatela visited the Regional Security System firing range where a Mobile Training Team of eight Marines from Marine Forces-South conducted a ten- day marksmanship instruction course for 45 participants from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The event familiarized ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St Martin and Anguilla September 17-19, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St Martin on Monday, September 17, and Anguilla on Tuesday, September 18, & Wednesday September 19, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. ...
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Barbadian NGO Founder Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

September 11, 2018   Corey Lane is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) Management” from September 10 to September 28.   Corey is the founder of the NGO, Nature Fun Ranch, which ...
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Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Farmala Jacobs is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “U.S. State and Local Government” from September 10 to September 28. Farmala is the Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda. ...
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Regional Workshop On International Classification Of Crime

With the support of the United States Government, eastern and southern Caribbean countries are aligning with international standards for reporting crime. This is a key component of a larger effort to better track and reduce crime in the region. Today, in Barbados, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) CariSECURE Project launched a three-day ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Interview Waiver Process for Qualifying Visa Renewals in Saint Kitts and Nevis

As part of the United States Government’s continuing efforts to improve customer service and streamline the visa process, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the implementation of interview visa waivers in Barbados for qualified applicants wishing to renew their U.S. visas, effective September 10. Saint Kitts and Nevis passport holders, with the exception of ...
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A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity

Thursday, September 6, 2018 “A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity” By: Linda S. Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States I remember the first time I walked down along the Waterfront in Castries.  I was struck not just by the beauty of the ...
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US Government Denton Shipment Supports Autism Project in St. Kitts and Nevis

August 30, 2018 The United States Government is supporting the opening of an Early Identification Centre for Children with Autism in St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday September 4, 2018. A US military flight containing supplies, worth approximately US$4,245.00, arrived today in St. Kitts under the Denton program. The USG program delivers humanitarian goods to ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Change to Office Hours for American Citizen Services

Effective 01 September, 2018, the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services (ACS) will implement new office hours. The new hours will be: Monday: 08:30-11:30 am Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 08:30-11:30 am Thursday: 08:30-11:30 am Friday: Closed Appointments can be made at: U.S Citizens Services Appointment System Additional information regarding ACS Bridgetown services and contact information can be found at: https://bb.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ Additional information on ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Donates Supplies to the American Corner in Antigua

August 29, 2018 U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates supplies to the American Corner in Antigua On August 23, Acting Public Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Gaïna Dávila, presented more than $8,000 in supplies and materials to the National Public Library. The donation included books, games, iPads, desktop computers and other educational materials, ...
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Police Prosecutors From Around the Region Participate in Trial Prep Workshop

On August 25-26, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted a two-day workshop for police prosecutors and inspectors on case management and trial preparation.  The National Center for State Courts and MetroStar organized the workshop.  The U.S. law enforcement and prosecutorial advisors leading the course used CBSI-Connect, a virtual learning platform developed by MetroStar and funded by the ...
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Barbados Judiciary Takes a New Approach to Case Backlog

On August 24 and 27, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown began the next phase of the Barbados Goodyear Hearings/Maximum Sentence Indication (MSI) initiative.  The Embassy’s support of MSI, a procedure intended to reduce court backlog in criminal cases with voluntary guilty pleas, began with a workshop on November 24-25, 2017.  The workshop presented U.S. and regional best ...
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USAID/OFDA Provides Plastic Sheeting Training In The Caribbean

As part of hurricane and general disaster preparedness efforts in the Caribbean, the United States Agency of International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is training national disaster managers in the effective use of the Agency’s reinforced plastic sheeting for temporary roofs and shelters. On August 24, USAID/OFDA, in collaboration with the Barbados ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates sporting equipment to Pinelands Sports Club

Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. As such, the United States Embassy has donated sporting equipment to the Pinelands Sports Club. The donation included basketballs, soccer balls, nets, a scoreboard, countdown timer, t-shirts and trophies. This equipment will be used by ...
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Antiguan Heads to United States on the Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that Antiguan, Sarah-Anne Gresham, will head to the United States to complete her graduate studies, funded by the U.S. Government. Gresham is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship cohort for the academic year 2018-19. ...
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Barbadian Renewable Energy Practitioner Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Meshia Clarke, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Renewable Energy and Sustainability,” from August 13 to August 31. Meshia, is the Executive Director of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association. In this role, which she ...
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The Sixth Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit

The sixth iteration of the Multilateral Maritime Interdiction & Prosecution Summit (MMIPS) was held August 7th-8th, 2018 in Nassau, Bahamas.  Facilitated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and funded by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the MMIPS is a continuing dialogue between maritime and justice sectors of Central and Eastern Caribbean transit zone countries.  ...
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United States Military Special Operations Forces exchange with Royal Grenada Police Force Special Services Unit

The United Stated Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, recently coordinated a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) subject matter expert exchange between members of the United States Special Operations Forces and Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) Special Services Unit (SSU) personnel. The week-long professional engagement was focused on exchanging tactics, techniques, and procedures for countering ...
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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

August 8, 2018 U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program in the Caribbean.  During their exchange, participants will focus on the program’s themes of civic education, leadership, and community service.  ...
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Grenadian Heads to United States on the Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that Grenadian,Walt Williams, will travel to the United States to compzletehis graduate studies in Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia,funded by the U.S. Government. Williams is part of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship cohort ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, August 14th, h, to Wednesday, August 15th.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ...
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Barbados Defense Force Attends Distinguished Visitor Program at Regional Special Forces Military Exercise in Panama

Members of the Barbados Defense Force attended the Distinguished Visitors Program at Fuerzas Commando 2018 held in Panama in July. The annual exercise, sponsored by United States Southern Command,consists of a skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams from around the Western Hemisphere. The event was hosted by Panama July 16 – 26. About 700 ...
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Barbadian Attorney-At-Law Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Shane Thompson, Attorney-at-Law, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “The U.S. Justice System – Protecting Women and Children II,” from July 28 to August 17. Shane, who is presently in private practice, is a ...
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St. Kitts and Nevis Launches National Task Force to Drive Evidence-based Crime Prevention

Three weeks after Antigua and Barbuda took similar steps, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the United States Government, launched its own National Task Force and endorsed the Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit to strengthen evidence-based programming and policy-making for crime prevention under the aegis of the United States Agency for International ...
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Bolstering Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean

July 12, 2018 On July 10 and 11, the United States William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies co-hosted a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Seminar with U.S. Southern Command and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) at the Hilton Barbados. The event brought together participants from 18 Caribbean and South American ...
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  USAID LAUNCHES PROJECT TO SUPPORT REGIONAL NGOs     

July 10, 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project was launched today in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown. The project builds the capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in critical sectors in ten Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries.   The project is being implemented in Antigua ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown July 6, 2018 Location: Eastern Caribbean – hurricane alert Event:  The National Hurricane Center (NHC)  has issued alerts for a hurricane system that is currently located in the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center reports Beryl is now expected to be a hurricane when it moves through the Lesser Antilles Sunday night or Monday, ...
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GRENADA LAUNCHES NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO DRIVE CariSECURE PROJECT

June 19, 2018 Today, Grenada became the sixth country in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean to establish a National Task Force to drive implementation of the United States Government-supported CariSECURE Project.  Since 2016, CariSECURE, which is being implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been promoting the use of evidence-based decision-making and fosters a ...
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Tradewinds 2018 Forges U.S., Caribbean Partnerships for Regional Prosperity

U.S. forces, along with more than 20 Caribbean nation partners, took part in Exercise Tradewinds 2018, which kicked off in St. Kitts on June 4, 2018, to conduct joint, combined, and interagency partner-nation capacity building. The international exercise has been taking place in the Caribbean for over 30 years. U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Cherrington, ...
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Barbadian Police Officer Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Alicia Brewster, sergeant in the Royal Barbados Police Force, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Promoting Cyber-Security” from June 4 to June 22. Alicia, an experienced officer, has been employed by the Government of ...
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Countries Request USAID/OFDA Shelter Management Training ahead of Hurricane Season

June 1, 2018 For Immediate Release Countries Request USAID/OFDA Shelter Management Training ahead of Hurricane Season As Caribbean countries prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is supporting the region’s response capacity as it relates to effective ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Guadeloupe

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Guadeloupe on Monday, June 11 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Tuesday, May 29th to Friday, June 1st, 2018.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis May 14-17, 2018

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Nevis on Monday, May 14 and St. Kitts from Tuesday, May 15, to Thursday, May 17, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. ...
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Ongoing Political Meetings/Rallies in Barbados May Cause Traffic Congestion – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location: Barbados (see below for exact areas) Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens of the below political party meetings scheduled for tonight, May 14, 2018 at the times indicated.  There may be additional vehicular and pedestrian congestion in and around these areas during this time.  The US Embassy does not anticipate any non-traffic ...
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Antiguan Civil Society Leader Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Michael Joseph, president of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Foreign Policy and Human Rights” from April 23 to May 12. Michael, a trained pharmacist, has been ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates Earth Day 2018

Image: Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Gaina Davila (kneeling) prepares to start the Educational Garden at the Gordon Walters Primary, surrounded by some of the Class 2 and 3 students, and Julie Hooper-McNeel of Slow Food Barbados. (standing third left) To celebrate Earth Day 2018, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown partnered with Slow Food ...
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An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure: Hurricane Subject Matter Expert Exchange in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated a ground level disaster management subject matter expert exchange between Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) personnel and Barbados Defense Force (BDF) members from April 10-13.
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Montserrat

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Montserrat on Thursday, May 03, 2018 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. 
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Save the date for the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® May 19-22, 2018!

The National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® Chicago, Illinois The 2018 National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® is the annual cutting-edge marketplace for discovering the latest innovations in food and beverage, as well as for networking with over 66,000 foodservice professionals from around the world. This preeminent industry exposition is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, ...
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Barbadian Civil Society Leader Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Lisa Gale, Managing Director/Lead Consultant of Lisa Gale Consulting, which is an international trade and management consulting firm, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Women and Entrepreneurship II” from April 9 to 27.
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ...
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United States Government Supports Reopening of Liberty Lodge Boys Training Center

At-risk youth in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are poised to benefit from improved services at the newly-renovated Liberty Lodge Boys Training Center. With the support of the United States Government, the facility, which had been closed since 2015, re-opened on Thursday, March 1, offering services in fully upgraded facilities. On Monday, March 19, the ...
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Announcement for U.S. Citizens: increase in passport execution fee

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29.  The officer will provide notarial services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ...
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The U.S. Regional Federal Benefits Officer (RFBO) and a U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that the Regional Federal Benefits Officer will visit Anguilla Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March, 2018, and a Consular Officer will visit Anguilla from Monday March 12 and Tuesday March 13, 2018.  
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The Alleyne School is the Winner of U.S. Embassy’s Inaugural Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its inaugural Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition is the Alleyne School. Fourth-form student Shamera King-Charles brought it home for her school, as she spoke about the value in continuing to observe the achievements of various ethnic groups in prescribed months. Second place ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Subject Matter Expert Exchange in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated a medical first responder subject matter expert exchange between Florida National Guard personnel and Royal St. Vincent Police Force (RSVPF) members from February 20-23. The purpose of this exchange was to enhance the Florida National Guard and RSVPF’s medical response capabilities through discussion and demonstration of ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, February 27th, toThursday, March 1st.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, we are not able ...
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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown (January 25, 2018)

Recent tests at several U.S. Embassy residences revealed bacteria at elevated levels in the tap water. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy recommended to its staff to boil their drinking water or use bottled water. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.
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U.S. Embassy Continues to Support Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As it continues to support and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce, that through its Federal Assistance Program, it provided a grant of USD$5,000 to Barbadian entrepreneur Gregory Skeete for Phase 1 of his “Pilly Pelican Presents 50” educational project.
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More than 100 more youth Graduate from A Ganar Barbados Program

After receiving training from the A Ganar Barbados Program, a program supported by the United States Government, more than 100 additional at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years graduated equipped with the requisite academic, technical, and life skills to successfully navigate the job market, pursue further studies, or start their own businesses. ...
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Grenadian Police, Prison and Probation Officers Trained in Restorative Juvenile Justice

As a result of a series of three-day training workshops, Police, Prison, and Probation Officers in Grenada are better able to support restorative and rehabilitative approaches to juvenile justice reform and understand their unique responsibilities in providing service to children and their families. The workshops were hosted by the United States Agency for International Development’s ...
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Barbadian Kevin Devonish to Attend the Global Entrepreneurs Summit in Hyderabad, India

Barbadian Kevin Devonish is in Hyderabad, India to attend the prestigious eighth annual Global Entrepreneurs Summit. Barbadian Kevin Devonish has been selected to attend the Global Entrepreneurs Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India from November 28-30, 2017. Kevin, a social and civil society entrepreneur, left the island on November 25 for the Summit. His company, AES ...
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U.S. Government Supports Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Dominica

The United States Government team members offload supplies in Dominica. The U.S. Government provided nearly $18.7 million to date in humanitarian assistance to Caribbean countries devastated by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). The office remains focused on supporting national governments ...
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Regional Magistrates and Judges Trained in Juvenile Justice Reform

Front row (l-r) : Gloria Augustus, Technical Specialist, JJRP2, OECS Commission; Simone Brown, Education Development Officer, USAID ESC; Her Ladyship Honorable Gertel Thom, Justice of Appeal and Chairman of Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Also pictured are High Court Judges, and administrative representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Magistrates of ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Kitts and Nevis from Monday, October 30, to Thursday, November 2.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we ...
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Fourteen Young Entrepreneurs Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program

Candidates pose with U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda S. Taglialatela Deputy before departing on the U.S. Department of State’s YLAI program. Pictured from left to right: Elijah James, Michelle Samuel, Carlene Perryman, Sacha Harris, Tamara Prosper, Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela, Paul Husbands, Janese Henderson, Jeneille Lewis. YLAI empowers entrepreneurs ...
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Press tour and U.S. Assistance to Dominica

Embassy Bridgetown arranged a press tour to Dominica for three prominent regional TV stations (Antigua’s ABS, Barbados’s CBC, and St Lucia’s HTS). The journalists had the opportunity to see firsthand the range of USG efforts. They were given a briefing by USAID regarding their work on the ground in Dominica, which highlighted how they coordinated ...
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Meeting Urgent Shelter Needs in Dominica

On the night of September 18, Hurricane Maria struck the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm.  Maria’s relentless rains and winds devastated the country, killing at least 27 people and affecting all 71,000 island residents. In the northern village of Calibishie, winds exceeding 160 miles per hour ripped the roof off ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts American Classical Quartet the Ibis Ensemble

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American classical quartet the Ibis Ensemble, in a two-country traveling tour of classical music. The program traveled to Grenada, and Barbados. These gifted musicians, all of whom live in Trinidad and Tobago, performed original works which ...
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USAID Airlifts critical relief items for Caribbean Hurricane Response

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson Four flights are delivering relief supplies from USAID’s emergency warehouse in Miami, Florida, to the Caribbean. Two flights landed yesterday, and another two flights are scheduled to arrive today. USAID previously delivered relief supplies to hard-hit Antigua and Barbuda, as well as The Bahamas. With this week’s flights, ...
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Hurricane Maria TSG

We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.  If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities.  For U.S. citizens wishing to depart Dominica, please review the following options: Ferries: Commercial ferries are ...
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U.S. Relief Flight Lands in Dominica

A United States Government (USG) relief flight containing vital commodities, including plastic sheeting, collapsible water containers, blankets, and related items, landed in storm-ravaged Dominica today, with another being planned for early next week. The U.S. $397,000 relief flight, that signals solidarity and commitment to the Government and people of Dominica, comes as the USG, through ...
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Message of Solidarity

The United States has always been a friend of Dominica and we will not abandon you in your time of greatest need.  We stand in solidarity with you during this time of loss and tragedy. However, I want to take this moment to express how personally heartbroken I am as I watch the news and ...
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A Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean

Press Statement by Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The United States stands ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts American Classical Quartet the Ibis Ensemble

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American classical quartet the Ibis Ensemble, in a two-country traveling tour of classical music. The program traveled to Grenada, and Barbados. These gifted musicians, all of whom live in Trinidad and Tobago, performed original works which ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Maria

This is an update to our previous messages regarding Tropical Storm Maria. Additional watches are now in effect: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Dominica. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Lucia. Hurricane Watches are in effect for Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, French St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, and St. ...
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TUESDAY 9/12/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ...
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The TIP Office Annual Programming Application Process

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition each year for projects to combat human trafficking outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with the TIP Office posting a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requesting applicants to submit Statements of Interest ...
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MONDAY 9/11/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ...
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Statement from Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Updated Hurricane Irma Response # 2

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Call with The Honorable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: USAID Administrator Mark Green called Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda this afternoon to convey the condolences and support of the United States to the people of that island nation following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Administrator Green and Prime Minister Browne ...
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USAID Lending Assistance To Storm-Ravaged Barbuda

September 8, 2017 The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing assistance to the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Working in partnership with Antigua and Barbuda’s Red Cross, the United States Government  will ...
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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. ...
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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Jose September 7, 2017

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Ocean.  The government of Antigua has issued a hurricane watch for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.   A tropical storm watch is in effect for the islands of Anguilla, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2 September 4, 2017 This is an update to our previous emergency messages.  The hurricane watches for the islands of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Martin have been upgraded to hurricane warnings. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.  Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma will remain a powerful storm throughout the weekend.  Depending on the path the hurricane takes, it has the potential ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia September 11-13, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, September, 13 2017, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth ...
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Maritime Asset Engineering Officer Conference

Recently, the U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, hosted a professional exchange on maritime asset engineering and maintenance with Eastern Caribbean police and military forces. The workshop was held in Miami, Florida, and discussions centered around maintenance, logistics, and procurement systems that support maritime operational readiness.
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Barbados A Ganar Program in Barbados

U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela (second left) listens to the A Ganar participants during a visit to a bar and restaurant training session for A Ganar participants at the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s All Saints Training Center in Speightstown, St. Peter. The United States Ambassador to Barbados the Eastern Caribbean and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States ...
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Royal Barbados Police Force and Regional Security Office (RSO), Overseas Criminal Investigations Division (OCI) Joint Investigation

The Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados collaborated with the Royal Barbados Police Force in a two-year joint investigation of Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly victims in Barbados of approximately USD$130,000. Browne was arrested last weekend in South Carolina and will be seen at ...
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Youth Ambassador Gary Telesford

Following his three week exchange experience in the United States, Youth Ambassador, Gary Telesford of Woburn St. George’s met with U.S. Embassy St. George’s Principal Officer, Stephen Frahm. Gary was afforded this opportunity through the United States Exchange Program and had the opportunity to visit New York, Vermont, Oklahoma and Washington DC as part of ...
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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean exchange program. Reon King of Antigua and Barbuda; Adero Daniel, of Barbados; Nakiya Toussaint of Dominica; Gary Telesford of Grenada; Nathan Francis of St. Lucia; Jahnika Francis of St. Kitts and ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Security Personnel at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated the attendance of a number of security personnel from the Eastern Caribbean at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies for a two-week phase of the Caribbean Defense and Security Course. Participants from 14 Caribbean countries traveled to Washington, D.C. to engage with regional partners and ...
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Two Barbadians Attend U.S. Government-sponsored Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitors Program

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, recently sent Commander Aquinas Clarke, and Sub-Lieutenant Elvis King, both of the Barbados Defense Force, on the Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitor Program, in Asuncion, Paraguay.
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“U.S. Official finds common ground with CARICOM leaders” by the Grenada Advocate

Friday, July 21, 2017 Journalist Linda Straker writes: “THOMAS Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, says that during his recent visit to the Caribbean, he found leadership within CARICOM that understands the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. “There is a real willingness and interest to build on the positive ...
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Vincentian Librarian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Jeon Adams-Julien, librarian at the National Public Library in St. Vincent, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a two-week project on “American Libraries” from July 15 until July 28.
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St. Mary’s College wins U.S. Embassy’s STEM Video Competition for St. Lucia

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its STEM Video Competition in St. Lucia is St. Mary’s College. The contest, which was open to all secondary school students in St. Lucia over the age of 13, required students to produce a short video explaining why STEM — science, technology, engineering and ...
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Active Shooter Training takes place in Grenada

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and ...
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United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a ...
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Active Shooter Training held in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and ...
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Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ...
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Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6

  Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6  Exercise Tradewinds 2017, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in the Caribbean, kicks off with an opening ceremony in Barbados, June 6, 2017, welcoming 18 partner nations and nearly 2,500 participants. This annual Caribbean-focused exercise includes executive level leadership and provides an ...
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USAID conducts energy efficiency training in Antigua

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), conducted an Energy Efficiency Workshop in Antigua as part of its ongoing training program to support hotels across the region with reducing their energy load and costs to become more efficient.
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IRS Conducts Financial Investigative Techniques Course in Grenada

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Criminal Investigation hosted a financial investigative techniques workshop in Grenada from May 22-26 to assist police and financial intelligence units from across the Eastern Caribbean to better identify, assess and pursue financial investigations.
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Intellectual Property: The Key to an Innovation Economy

This year the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is celebrating its 17th World Intellectual Property Day with the theme: “Innovation – Improving Lives.” Every year, the U.S. government highlights, celebrates, and accelerates the patent review process for game-changing innovations through our Patents for Humanity award program. Past award recipients include InBios International, inventors of a ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla and St. Martin May 2-5, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Anguilla from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 4 and St. Martin on Friday, May 5 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports ...
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Housing Search

The U.S. Embassy is looking for 3 and 4 bedroom residences, fenced yard with grass area and parking space for at least two vehicles (driveway and/or garage). Landlord should be amenable to provide the following at a minimum: security grating at all windows and exterior doors 500 (minimum) gallon water tank a/c coverage in all ...
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United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sign Open Skies Agreement

We welcome the signing of the new Open Skies Agreement between the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines which occurred on April 7, 2017. The agreement entered into force on April 7, 2017 by signature of both governments. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement.
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Entrepreneurship Program in the Eastern Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is promoting entrepreneurship across the region through a traveling film program taking place in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados. The Embassy is screening the award-winning documentary film “Generation Startup” for audiences made up of business students and young entrepreneurs. American entrepreneur Dextina Booker, ...
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Research Assistant participates in IVLP

Kristy Shortte, administrative and research assistant at Sustainable Grenadines Inc., which is located on Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a three-week project on “Our Oceans” from March 14 ...
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Antiguan Law Enforcement Manager to Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

The manager of the Counter Narcotics Operational Team in the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Marcia Edwards, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
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Dominican Fire Officer to Participate in U.S. government-Sponsored Leadership Program

A Dominican fire officer is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Donalson Frederick, an officer with the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, will take part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness” from February 11 until March 4.
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Solicitation for concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites local civil society organizations (including academic institutions and coalitions/networks) from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and Grenadines to submit concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.
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Barbadian special education teacher to participate in U.S. government-sponsored leadership program

A Barbadian special education teacher is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Shantel Lynch, a graduate teacher employed by the Barbados Ministry of Education, and will take part in a three-week project on “Education and Activism for Young Women” from January 29 until ...
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Check Out Our New Site!

Welcome message from Ambassador Taglialatela “Welcome to our new website!  I invite you to browse, learn more about what our Embassy does, and discover the ways the United States and the nations of the Eastern Caribbean are working together to promote peace and prosperity. The new website has a wealth of resources, including information about applying ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Email Scams

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of a high volume of complaints regarding a variety of e-mail fraud schemes.  Most of the complaints fall into the categories of “Spearphishing”, “Business Email Compromise” or “Email Account Compromise” schemes.  Victims typically receive e-mails which appear to be from their financial institutions ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts American Bluegrass Band Della Mae

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States was pleased to host American bluegrass band Della Mae, in a three-country traveling tour of American bluegrass music. The program traveled to St. Kitts, Barbados, and Antigua. In Antigua, Della Mae performed on December 1-3 for an enthusiastic audience at ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, December 20 to Friday, December 23, 2016 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, we are not able ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry Barbados National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Barbados on your Independence Golden Jubilee.   On this special day in this special year, my government joins with all of you in celebrating Barbados’ 50 years of independence and your beautiful country’s many accomplishments in democratic governance, environmental ...
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Social Security Regional Benefits Officer to Visit St. Martin December 7-8

We are pleased to announce that a Regional Benefits Officer from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit St. Martin on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8 to assist Social Security benefit recipients and to provide general information on Social Security procedures and benefits. Individuals wishing to meet with the Regional Benefits Officer should ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Social Security Benefits Town Hall Meeting

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States will host a Town Hall Meeting for Social Security beneficiaries on December 6. This meeting will provide information on Social Security procedures and benefits, and allow participants to ask questions.  Regional Benefits Officer Vivian Adebayo from the U.S. Social Security ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to hold office for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Monday , November 7, to Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Nevis on October 31 and St. Kitts on November 1, 2 and 3, 2016 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ...
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U.S. Embassy seeks proposals for 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2017. Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017, for projects to preserve cultural heritage in Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; St. Kitts and ...
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U.S. Embassy donates “Run for the Coast” proceeds to Future Centre Trust

Presenting the check on behalf of the Embassy was (from left to right) Bill Wommack, Regional Security Officer, and Ambassador Taglialatela, while Vivian-Anne Gittens, Tracey Edwards, and Katecia Thompson accepted the donation for the Future Centre Trust The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, has donated proceeds from its “Run for ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Citizen Science and Climate Change Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States was pleased to host Dr. Gillian Bowser, research scientist at Colorado State University, in a three-country traveling program to promote ways ordinary “citizen scientists” can help observe and promote awareness of climate change in their communities. The program traveled to ...
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Applicants Must Not Wear Eyeglasses in their U.S. Passport and Visa Photos

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) advises that, effective November 1, 2016, applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their eyeglasses for U.S. passport and visa photos.  The U.S. Department of State is implementing this policy to enhance the security of the application process and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in St. Kitts & Nevis

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for St. Kitts and Nevis  regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S.Citizens: Tropical Weather Alert

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the potential development of a tropical depression or storm in the Caribbean.  The  National Hurricane Center  (NHC) has forecast that this weather system may potentially impact a number of islands in the Eastern Caribbean. There are currently no watches or warnings in effect for any islands, although that is expected to ...
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USAID/OFDA meets with Barbados surge team

As the current hurricane season moves into high gear, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is ensuring that regional response teams are prepared for any eventuality USAID/OFDA Senior Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Tim Callahan, recently met with the Barbados surge team, ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Monday, September 12, to Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss visa ...
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Vincentians Benefit From Two major USAID Projects

Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). USAID Mission Director for the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in Antigua

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Antigua  regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. This conclusion was ...
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U.S. Embassy presents “Adventures in STEM”

As part of its commitment to promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown was pleased to host Dr. Cardinal Warde, professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for two engagements with teachers and students on Barbados on July 26. The events, ...
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USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program Helps Green the Grid

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) is assisting Caribbean nations to become more energy efficient through policies and incentives that promote low emission growth and greater public-private sector investment in clean energy development. More than 40 representatives and experts from the Caribbean energy sector met in Barbados last ...
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Media Statement on Information Regarding Deportees

The United States government only deports convicted criminals back to their country of origin in consultation with that country’s government. In the case of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown sends a letter to local police or other relevant local authorities informing them of the crime for which the individual is being deported, ...
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Regional Police Officers Graduate from Identification and Seizure of Digital Evidence Training Course

Ambassador Taglialatela spoke to graduates of a week-long course on Identification and Seizure of Digital Evidence on July 5 at the Regional Police Training Center. The course, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, pulled in police officers from across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. “In ...
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Regional Delegation Attends U.S. Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

As the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), continues to support regional governments to reduce youth crime and violence across the Eastern Caribbean, two Kittitian officials working with at-risk youth have benefitted significantly from participation in the Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence held from June 27-29, in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika in Anguilla

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Anguilla regarding the Zika virus . The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. This conclusion was ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter visits Barbados

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Winslow Griesser will pay a visit to Barbados to conduct operations in conjunction with the Barbados Coast Guard. The cutter’s mission is to conduct interdictions against illicit maritime trafficking activities throughout the Eastern Caribbean during June. The cutter was met in Barbados on June 25 by the Senior ...
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Security Awareness for U.S. Citizens Summer Festival Season

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of the need to exercise security awareness as we approach the summer festival season. With recent increases in firearms-related crimes and gang violence, and  press reports  of social media posts referencing gun violence at the upcoming Fore-Day Morning Jam festival, the Embassy wants to ensure ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Guadeloupe

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Agent from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Guadeloupe on Thursday, 7 July and Friday, 8 July, 2016, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes

On June 14, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted an interactive program aimed at promoting tolerance and preventing hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The program featured a screening of the award-winning documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, followed by an interactive webchat featuring the U.S. Department of State’s ...
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Librarians and Archivists Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States as participants in a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1.  The 21-day program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges ...
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IRS Webinar for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a ...
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ROP 2016 for the PEPFAR Caribbean Region Approved!

The team of the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional program recently met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to review the proposed Regional Operational Plan (ROP) for 2016. As PEPFAR works towards the goal of an AIDS free generation, this plan outlines the objectives for the year through program areas of Prevention and Care, Laboratory Strengthening, Strategic Information and ...
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Dominican Youth to Benefit From Juvenile Justice Reforms

At-risk youth in Dominica who have suffered abuse, neglect, or been in conflict with the law have benefitted from juvenile justice reforms including alternative sentencing, rehabilitation, and reintegration. These reforms took place under the $5.8 million Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) in the Eastern Caribbean funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ...
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USAID Climate Change Project Bolsters Dominica’s Resilience

A United States Government-funded climate change project in the Eastern Caribbean helped one community avoid major flooding during last year’s passage of Tropical Storm Erika and also provided Dominican farmers with access to climate-smart technology to increase food and energy security during times of scarcity. United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the ...
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Exercise Tradewinds 2016 Starts Sunday

Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016. This year’s Exercise Tradewinds will be conducted in three phases: Phase I will include maritime and ...
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USAID Supports Reforestation Exercise in Grenada

As part of a regional climate change initiative, the United States Government supported a major reforestation effort on the island of Grenada on Friday, May 20. Students from the McDonald College Secondary School, forestry officials, and members of the St. Patrick’s Environmental Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO) planted over 100 trees on Mount Rodney Beach in ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Visits Antigua

he United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Richard Dixon paid a visit to Antigua and Barbuda to conduct operations in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Coast Guard. The cutter’s mission is to conduct interdiction against illicit maritime trafficking activities throughout the Eastern Caribbean during May, and lead the way for future operations. The cutter ...
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USAID-Funded Project Helps St. Kitts Withstand Climate Change Impacts

Farmers and residents in St. Kitts and Nevis are better equipped to withstand climate change-related impacts including extreme droughts and flooding following the implementation of climate-smart technologies under the USD$9.5 million “Rallying the Region to Action on Climate Change” (RRACC) Project in the OECS. The program was funded by the United States Agency for International ...
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Project Strengthens Juvenile Justice Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis

A United States Government program on St. Kitts and Nevis has assisted that nation in strengthening its juvenile justice sector. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Laura Griesmer, praised the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) in the OECS during a close-out ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Program signifies important step in White House’s Commitment to Fostering the Development of an Entrepreneurship Network in the Americas Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to ...
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U.S. Marines Conduct Marksmanship Training With Barbados Defense Force

A Mobile Training Team of eight U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces South in Miami, Florida, visited Barbados from May 2-13 to serve as marksmanship instructors for 43 soldiers of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF). The training familiarized the BDF soldiers with the U.S. Marine Corps’ program of instruction on rifle marksmanship, building on ...
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Civil Asset Recovery Advocacy Workshop Held in Grenada

On May 9-10, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS partnered with the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to provide training on Grenada to regional attorneys and financial investigators on civil asset recovery. The purpose of the training was to improve regional attorneys and financial investigators’ knowledge ...
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Antiguan Farmers Benefit From Climate-Smart Technology

Farmers and communities in Antigua and Barbuda are better equipped to withstand drought, improve food production, and enhance the country’s resilience to climate change following completion of the Antigua part of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Rallying the Region to Action on Climate Change (RRACC) project, a US$9.5 million project funded through the ...
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Ambassador Lauds Juvenile Justice Reform Project in Antigua and Barbuda

The United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela, praised ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts in Antigua and Barbuda during a close-out ceremony for the Antigua segment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean State’s (OECS) Juvenile Justice Reform Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ambassador Taglialatela stated ...
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Fourth Annual Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit Held in Barbados

On April 19 and 20, the U.S. Coast Guard held the fourth annual Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit in Barbados at the Hilton Barbados Resort. The summit, which gathered representatives from law enforcement agencies throughout the region, the Dominican Republic, and France, focused on building partnerships to deter and disrupt transnational organized crime organizations ...
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Whistleblowers Can Reap Rewards from IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers substantial rewards for information on people and businesses that don’t pay the taxes they owe the United States government. The IRS Whistleblower Office can award whistleblowers up to 30 percent of additional taxes, penalties and other amounts it collects following a tip. If you suspect an individual or business ...
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Embassy Sponsors Community Workshops

On March 29, U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela joined Barbados Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite and Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Livingston Eversley in recognizing the successful culmination of an Embassy-sponsored four-week series of community workshops focusing on domestic violence. The workshops constituted a critical element of a multi-phased pilot program in ...
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Grenadian Youth to Benefit From New Juvenile Facility

At-risk youth, including juvenile offenders, in Grenada have a new resource to help them integrate into society following the official opening of the Bacolet Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre on March 24. The center was built with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP). Under the U.S. taxpayer-funded USD$5.8 ...
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Zika Virus In Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Dominica regarding the Zika virus . There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender.  Zika ...
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NASA Research Scientist Meets with UWI Graduate Students

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States facilitated a discussion between visiting NASA research scientist Dr. Kenneth Cheung and graduate students from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus’ Faculty of Science and Technology at UWI on March 22. Dr. Colin Depradine, Dean of ...
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Ambassador Taglialatela Visits American Corner in Dominica

New U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Linda Taglialatela visited Dominica on March 2 to present her credentials to the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin. During her visit to the Nature Isle, the Ambassador participated in official meetings with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and other high-ranking ...
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The Numbers Lady Visits Antigua and Barbuda

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States partnered with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in Antigua and Barbuda to host Dr. Rebecca Klemm, “The Numbers Lady,” from February 24-26. Dr. Klemm, a statistician by training, specializes in explaining mathematical concepts in everyday language. Her visit ...
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ICITAP Sponsors One-Week Homicide Course

On Friday, February 26, U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Tagliatela joined Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith in recognizing the successful conclusion of an embassy-sponsored one-week Homicide Course. The 25 graduates, investigators  from the ranks of the Royal Barbados Police Force and Regional Security System,  were exposed to a checklist approach to investigative standards. These easy-to-follow checklists ...
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Town Hall Meeting in St. Lucia on February 20, 2016

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite U.S. citizens residing in St. Lucia to a town hall meeting with Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, newly appointed Chief of the U.S. Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS.  The town hall will take place on Saturday, February 20, in St. Lucia.  The program includes remarks by ...
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Town Hall Meeting in St. George’s, Grenada

U.S. citizens in Grenada are invited to a town hall meeting to meet Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, newly appointed Chief of the U.S. Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS.  The town hall will take place on February 5, 2016 in St. George’s. U.S. citizens who wish to attend must RSVP by e-mail to ...
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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Installs Wind Turbine

The largest single wind turbine in Barbados has been installed at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The 20 kilowatt turbine, which is also the largest operating at any U.S. embassy in the world, underscores Embassy Bridgetown’s commitment to clean, renewable energy development throughout the region. ...
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Public Statement on Saint Lucia IMPACS

The Government of Saint Lucia took a commendable initial step in 2014 by inviting CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) to conduct an investigation into allegations that members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force committed extra-judicial killings from 2010 to 2011.  Unfortunately, progress on pursuing justice in these killings halted after the ...
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The “Education Ambassador” Bids Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean A Fond Farewell

For nearly four years, I have been privileged and honored to serve as Ambassador of the United States of America to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The people of these beautiful nations welcomed me and my ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Tuesday, January 26, to Thursday, January 28.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports ...
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Astronaut Curbeam visits Antigua

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host retired astronaut Robert Curbeam in Antigua, where he delivered a free public lecture on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on December 5 at the Multi-Purpose Cultural Center in St. John’s. “It’s important that we make sure ...
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Foreign Service Officer Test

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that we will be administering the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) on January 30, 2016 to recruit American Citizens living in the region who wish to serve in the diplomatic corps. Eligible participants must be U.S. Citizens who reside in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts ...
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The 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS announces the opening of the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Since its creation by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation has provided financial support to more than 640 cultural preservation projects in more than 100 countries. This ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

November 17, 2015 The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, December 1, to Thursday, December 3.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, ...
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U.S. Embassy Presents Prizes to Winners of NASA Essay Contest

Students at three under-served Barbados secondary schools have been awarded prizes for their winning essays in a contest sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The contest was held in conjunction with last month’s public lecture on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...
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Increase in Crime in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of a recent surge in robberies involving the use of the firearms and high levels of violence. These robberies were directed against local businesses with multiple employees that pay salaries in cash, for example construction sites, bars and convenience stores. Criminals ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Retired NASA Astronaut in a Presentation on the Importance of STEM

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host retired NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam in Barbados where he delivered a free public lecture on the importance of STEM. Astronaut Curbeam’s lecture took place on October 16 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center. The U.S. Embassy hosted this presentation to ...
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USAID Intervention Helps Dominican Community Avert Flooding

Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States government provided assistance that helped mitigate the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Erika for one small community on the west coast of Dominica. In September 2014, USAID implemented the USD$332,000 Mero Drainage Improvement Works Risk Reduction and Climate Change Resilience initiative to minimize ...
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USAID Intervention Helps Dominican Community Avert Flooding

Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States government provided assistance that helped mitigate the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Erika for one small community on the west coast of Dominica. In September 2014, USAID implemented the USD$332,000 Mero Drainage Improvement Works Risk Reduction and Climate Change Resilience initiative to minimize ...
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USAID Hosts Inaugural Caribbean Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to ensure that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is incorporated into the region’s education sector. Last year, USAID directed more than USD$24.5 million towards DRR in the region. From October 12-15, USAID sponsored an inaugural Caribbean forum on DRR in Education at the St. Lucia Bay ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts President of Howard University in Presentation on American Higher Education

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host Dr. Wayne Frederick, the President of Howard University, in Grenada and Barbados as he delivered free public lectures on higher education options in the United States. Dr. Frederick’s first lecture took place in Grenada on October 5, and his second ...
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U.S. Embassy Continues Support of the Royal Grenada Police Force

As part of its work under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) handed over a 2016 Toyota Fortuner to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on September 23. The handover took place at police headquarters in St. George’s, Grenada. ...
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Young Entrepreneurs Shine at Regional Summit

Young entrepreneurs from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean were encouraged to dream big, take risks, and affix their “brand” onto the world stage at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (C-YES) at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Hastings, Barbados, on September 24. The United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, ...
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St. Kitts A Ganar Program Equips More Youth For Employment

As Caribbean youth continue to grapple with rising unemployment and resisting the lures of engaging in criminal activity for economic gain, 60 more youth in St. Kitts are now better equipped for the world of work. The youth recently graduated from the inaugural United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored A Ganar sports for youth ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts the Brent Birckhead Quartet in an Encore Tour of the Eastern Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to host the Brent Birckhead Quartet in an encore tour. This talented jazz quartet is playing to enthusiastic crowds in St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, after having completed a successful tour of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, ...
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United States Continues Support to Dominica

The Government of the United States of America (USG) continues its support to people Dominica as recovery efforts move forward in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika. The Embassy of the United States of America confirms that more than USD$165,000 of USG disaster relief assistance has already been offered to Dominica, a figure that does ...
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United States Continues Dominica Disaster Aid

As Dominicans work to regain a sense of normalcy following Tropical Storm Erika, the Embassy of the United States of America has released an additional USD$100,000 to expand its disaster-relief support to the island. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is providing the additional USD$100,000 ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to host Overseas Security Advisory Council Meeting

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS will host an informational meeting titled “Cyber Security: Protecting Your Interests in the Eastern Caribbean.” Please join our cyber experts, Special Agent Jeffrey Stanley, Legal Attaché for the U.S. Embassy, and Deon Olton, Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Caribbean Cyber Security Center, for ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Lends Assistance to Dominica Relief Efforts

The U.S. Coast Guard continues its relief efforts in Dominica. The Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 404 and delivery crew from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Miami (all assigned to RFA LYME BAY) have been assisting Royal Marines of Dominica supporting disaster relief efforts in Dublanc, Dominica, following Tropical Storm Erika. Highlights include: Setting up ...
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St. Kitts and Nevis Signs U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

On August 31, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed the agreement with the Government of the United States of America to implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).  Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2010, FATCA targets non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers using foreign accounts. FATCA requires foreign financial institutions to report ...
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USAID Launches USD$12.5 million Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program in Carriacou

In an effort to protect critical marine ecosystems and reduce threats to the region’s fisheries and tourism sectors, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a USD$12.5 million Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP), to promote conservation in high priority areas across the Caribbean. The five-year  initiative seeks to improve the management of ...
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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands

A Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit British Virgin Islands from Tuesday, September 22 to Thursday, September 24, 2015, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Visa cases will ...
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United States Government Providing Disaster Relief to Dominica

On behalf of the American people, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is providing disaster relief support to the storm-ravaged island of Dominica. USAID/OFDA has deployed a four-member assessment team to provide initial damage assessments and needs analysis.  This team will be joined on Monday ...
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Resumption of U.S. Citizen Services at U.S. Embassy Grenada Starting September 9, 2015

Effective September 9, U.S. Embassy Grenada will resume offering full U.S. citizen services, including passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. REVISED PROCEDURES: 1.)    Only application forms completed online will be accepted.  Please complete the proper application at https://pptform.state.gov/ and then print it. 2.)    Fees can be paid in cash at the embassy. As ...
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Resumption of U.S. Citizen Services at U.S. Embassy Grenada

Effective September 9, U.S. Embassy Grenada will resume offering full U.S. citizen services, including passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. REVISED PROCEDURES: 1.)    Only application forms completed online will be accepted.  Please complete the proper application at https://pptform.state.gov/ and then print it. 2.)    Fees can be paid in cash at the embassy. As ...
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St. Vincent Hosts Bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop and Tabletop Exercise with the United States

In order to enhance coordination in combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) bilateral workshop with the United States in Kingstown on August 18, 2015. Launched in 2003, the PSI is a global effort that aims to stop trafficking of WMD, ...
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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Six Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2015 Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean exchange program. Kamalie Mannix of Antigua and Barbuda; Adiel Charles, of Barbados; Matthew McLawrence of Dominica; Rol-J Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis; Tessa Moncherie of St. Lucia; and Alron Harry ...
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USNS Comfort Ends Its Humanitarian Mission in Dominica, and Docks in Barbados

The United States Navy’s Hospital ship, the USNS Comfort just ended a two-week humanitarian mission to Dominica. Thousands of Dominicans benefitted from medical, dental, and veterinary care. Crew from the USNS Comfort also participated in several community relations projects including a soccer match with youth participants of the A Ganar program, painting the Grotto Home ...
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Reduced Availability of U.S. Citizen Services at U.S. Embassy Grenada Starting July 17, 2015

Effective July 17, U.S. Embassy Grenada will offer limited consular services to U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Grenada.  Adult U.S. citizens who are renewing their 10-year-validity passports may continue to submit their applications directly to U.S. Embassy Grenada and book appointments via our main number (473-444-1174/75) or by emailing StGeorgesACS@state.gov . A Consular Officer from ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates the United States of America’s 239th Anniversary of Independence

On July 2, jubilation filled the air at the U.S. Embassy as more than 800 guests, including Caribbean prime ministers, Barbados government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, prominent business people, clergy, and key Mission contacts, came to toast America on her 239th anniversary of independence. The U.S. Embassy’s event was one of many celebrations ...
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U.S. Embassy Science Superhero Contest Winner Off to Anime Midwest 2015

Grenadian Alleyne Gulston traveled to the United States this month as the winner of U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Science Superhero Contest. Gulston is the Creative Director at AllyDay Creative Projects in Grenada. As the grand prize winner he, and a guest, attended the 2015 Anime Midwest convention from July 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Theology of Inclusion Lecture in Antigua

It was a homecoming for acclaimed American theologian and professor from Howard University’s School of Divinity, Antiguan-born Dr. Kortright Davis, when he and his colleague, noted American theologian and professor Dr. Cain Hope Felder, shared their academic perspectives during a free public lecture on the theology of inclusion hosted by the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, ...
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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Theology of Inclusion Lecture in Barbados

Acclaimed American theologians and professors from Howard University’s School of Divinity, Dr. Kortright Davis and Dr. Cain Hope Felder, shared their academic perspectives during a free public lecture on the theology of inclusion hosted by the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on June 17. ...
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United States Sends Humanitarian Assistance to St. Kitts and Nevis

On Saturday, June 13, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Denton program, delivered a humanitarian assistance shipment to St. Kitts and Nevis valued at USD$31,000. Community Bikes, a not-for-profit organization based in Hamilton, New York, donated the shipment that included bicycles and helmets for use by the St. Kitts Ministry of ...
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Exercise Tradewinds 2015 Starts Sunday

Beginning Sunday, May 31, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for maritime security and disaster response training at Camp Springfield in St. Kitts as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2015. This year’s Exercise Tradewinds will be conducted in three ...
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U.S. Embassy Leads Environmental Preservation Charge

Citizens are being urged to redouble their efforts to combat pollution and preserve the environment as the region continues to face alarming environmental shocks.  The call for greater environmental stewardship came as the United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, under the leadership of its newly established “Green Team,” joined worldwide ...
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CDEMA Hosts Ceremony to Inaugurate New U.S. Government-Funded Regional Facility

In a recent ceremony, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) inaugurated its new headquarters at Resilience Way in St. Michael.  The construction of the CDEMA training facility, regional coordination center, and warehouse for emergency supplies has been financially supported by the government of the United States of America through the United States Southern Command ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts the Brent Birckhead Quartet in a Four-Nation Eastern Caribbean Tour

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS hosted the Brent Birckhead Quartet in a four-nation Eastern Caribbean tour.  The quartet’s first stop was in Barbados on April 24, where the ensemble performed during a free public concert at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.  The U.S. Embassy presented the quartet in this ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Hayes Quartet in a Four-Nation Eastern Caribbean Tour

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS hosted the Hayes Quartet in a four-nation Eastern Caribbean tour.  The quartet’s first stop was in Barbados on March 20, where it performed during a free public concert at the Frank Collymore Hall. Sonya Hayes, an accomplished American violinist, accompanied by violist Matthew Maffett, ...
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U.S. Embassy Underscores STEM Education with the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Launch

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS underscored its commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math STEM education.  On March 12, Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Yolonda Kerney was on location at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida to witness the launch of NASA’s groundbreaking MMS launch.  While there, she interacted ...
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Zydeco Band Mo’ Mojo Rocks Barbados

Louisiana’s hottest “party-gras” Zydeco band, Mo’ Mojo gave a free public concert on Valentine’s night in the theatre of the performing arts school of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados.  The event was standing room only, and the band performed American Zydeco music for almost an hour. Much to the delight ...
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Inaugural Virtual International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Theme is“Higher Education in the United States” The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is pleased to announce the start of the inaugural virtual International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) under the theme: “Higher Education in the United States.” Traditional IVLP programs include short-term visits to the United States where current and ...
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