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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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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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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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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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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U.S. Embassy Hosts EducationUSA Student-Athlete Recruitment Workshops in the Eastern Caribbean

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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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. 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 Monday November 13, Thursday November 16, 2017.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports ...
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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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