The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is home to a number of offices from within the Department of State. Please see the sections below for information about each one.
The Political/Economic Section’s principal mission is to advance U.S. policies and interests throughout the Eastern Caribbean in order to strengthen the region’s democratic institutions and market economies, encourage bilateral and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug-trafficking, and build partnerships to meet other key challenges facing the region and the Western Hemisphere.
To achieve these goals, the Section’s daily and longer-term responsibilities include:
Advising the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission on key political, economic, commercial, labor, and environmental developments in the Eastern Caribbean;
Representing the U.S. government and promoting U.S. policy objectives with local governments, regional and international organizations, businesses, civil society, and media;
Monitoring and reporting to relevant U.S. agencies on the full range of priority issues for the U.S. government;
Coordinating the Embassy’s submission of required reports, including those on human rights, religious freedom, terrorism, the Caribbean Basin Trade Preference Act, and the Mission Strategic Plan;
Advocating for U.S. economic and commercial interests, in collaboration with other U.S. agencies, including the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), Department of Agriculture, Treasury Department, and Federal Aviation Administration; and
Organizing official visits, including those of senior U.S. officials, Members of Congress, and their staffs.
Mission Strategic Goals
The Political/Economic Section’s broad regional and substantive portfolio provides many opportunities to cooperate with governments in the region to advance U.S. interests in a prosperous and secure region. Democratic and market economic institutions are well-established in the Eastern Caribbean, but both face challenges that form the core of our diplomatic agenda with countries of the region:
- Combating International Crime and Drugs: By assisting the region’s governments to improve their law enforcement capabilities through judicial and legislative reform as well as through an array of training programs, we are working to build a stronger foundation for our cooperation with the Eastern Caribbean to protect America’s “Third Border” against transnational crime, including drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, and other financial crimes.
- Bolstering Counter-terrorism Efforts: The region’s governments have been active partners in the war on terror, but there are gaps in their capacities to secure and monitor their borders and to disrupt and deter terrorist financing networks. We are supporting their efforts to narrow and close those gaps through reforms of their law enforcement and financial oversight systems.
- Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Promoting Economic Prosperity: We are seeking to strengthen the region’s democratic systems by developing their abilities to counter challenges, such as corruption, that undermine the governments’ legitimacy, slow economic development, and stymie security and law enforcement efforts. We are also supporting economic reforms that promote free trade, open and transparent investment regimes, and economic integration. We are expanding trade and commercial ties between the United States and the Eastern Caribbean by encouraging business exchanges and promoting greater access for U.S. firms to local markets and investment opportunities.
- Advancing U.S. Public Diplomacy Interests and Goals: Working closely with our public diplomacy section, we are seeking to maximize outreach and educational opportunities in order to highlight U.S. engagement with and long-range commitment to the region.
Commercial Portfolio and Description of Activities
Since the closure of the FCS office in fall of 2007, the Pol/Econ section has assumed the commercial outreach portfolio for the Mission. The Pol/Econ office works closely with the Foreign Commercial Service Office in Santo Domingo and the Foreign Agricultural Trade office in Miami as well as with the Commercial and Business Affairs Office in the Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Bureau in Washington on joint trade promotion activities, in addition to reporting, advocacy and other activities, and advising on significant developments affecting U.S. commercial interests. FCS Santo Domingo manages commercial diplomacy for the entire Caribbean.
In conjunction with the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, the Pol/Econ Section supports U.S. business interests in major projects and procurements, and traditionally works with FCS to provide U.S. businesses market intelligence (through publications such as International Market Insight, Industry Sector Analysis, and Country Commercial Guide reports), trade leads, business counseling, commercial advocacy, contact and trade event services such as Gold Key Service programs, trade missions and exhibitions. The section also helps U.S. exporters and investors resolve trade and investment disputes. All promotion activities are closely coordinated with the Commercial Service’s network of offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The section has also made a concerted effort to re-energize ties to the U.S. business communities on all the islands.
- Help U.S. firms participate more fully in private and public sector projects, and look for opportunities to increase two-way trade and investment with the Eastern Caribbean
- Coordinate trade missions that showcase U.S. products, services and technologies
- Revitalize contacts with U.S.-affiliated companies throughout the region and, where appropriate, encourage the formation of American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams)
Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean seeks to engage local communities in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean through public diplomacy outreach. The section works to strengthen U.S. relations in the region by:
- Explaining U.S. policies, as well as the context for policy by presenting American society in all its complexity
- Supporting U.S. policy through support for bilateral and regional programs,
- Increasing cooperation between the peoples of the United States and the Caribbean through educational and cultural exchange programs
We accomplish these goals through a variety of means such as interacting with local press, providing information via the Embassy’s website and social media pages, and organizing cultural, educational, and exchange programs directly with the citizens of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
- Cultural programs include exchange programs to bring American artists to the Caribbean and support for local cultural events.
- Educational exchanges include Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows exchanges and others.
- Professional Exchanges: The International Visitor Leadership Program is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through carefully designed visits that reflect the participants’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals. The IVLP has sent over 500 professionals from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to the United States in the past 25 years; and the Speaker Program which brings American professionals to the region to interact with their counterparts on specific policy issues.
- EducationUSA: EducationUSA Advising Centers facilitate the process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities by providing prospective students with accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States and our services are FREE. The Eastern Caribbean Outreach Advising Center is located within the U.S. Embassy and country-specific centers are currently active on the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent. The United States offers a school and a program that’s just right for every qualified student and EducationUSA is here to provide all the information you need.
- Facebook page
- Twitter page
Or visit us in person:
- Barbados: Information Resource Center
- Antigua: American Corner
- Dominica: American Corner
The Public Affairs Section also invites proposals for support through our PAS grants program. These PAS grants help further projects in Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean primarily in the areas of citizen security, combating gender-based violence, environment and climate change, empowering youth, global education and culture.
Requests for proposals will be issued by the Embassy around February and July of each year and reviewed during those months. Unsolicited proposals may be submitted throughout the year but will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
All proposals will be competitively reviewed; only fully completed PAS Grants forms will be considered for support.
For more information regarding the Public Affairs Section please visit our Fact and Question Page.
The Consular Section assists American citizens in the Eastern Caribbean and provides visa services (both non-immigrant and immigrant) to residents of the Consular District. For American Citizen Services (ACS) purposes, the District covers the seven independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean plus the French overseas départements of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the French “overseas collectivities” of St. Barthélemy and St. Martin, and the British overseas territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. We are also the visa-issuing post for residents of Grenada and the three Eastern Caribbean islands of the Netherlands Antilles: Saba, St. Eustatius and Dutch St. Maarten.
The Consular Section issues U.S. passports and reports of birth abroad (the equivalent of a U.S. birth certificate), performs notarial services, acts on behalf of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide federal benefits to retirees, monitors arrests of American citizens within the Consular District, and visits incarcerated Americans to determine that jail conditions provide a minimally healthful environment, and that Americans are being treated in a manner consistent with local and international law.
The Consular Section works with authorities of the host country to assist American victims of crime and to locate missing Americans, assists the families of Americans who die in our Consular District, and assists Americans who are destitute or seriously ill. The Consular Section is also responsible for assisting American citizens in our consular district in the event of natural disasters or other large-scale emergencies.
The Consular Section is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on U.S and Barbados holidays. Appointments for visas can be made online. U.S. citizens do not need appointments, and can visit the Consular Section anytime between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The U.S. Embassy is located in the Wildey Business Park in Wildey, St. Michael.
Military Liaison Office
The Military Liaison Office (MLO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean maintains U.S. national security interests, facilitates regional security, and fosters cooperation, stability and prosperity.
MLO Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean manages U.S. Southern Command’s bilateral engagements with Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Activities include executing Foreign Military Financing and Foreign Military Sales programs, regional and multinational exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster preparation missions and programs, the State Partnership Program, Traditional Commander’s Activities, and the International Military Education and Training program.
MLO Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean’s responsibilities also include force protection of all Department of Defense assets in the region, coordinating U.S. military forces deployed to the area, and processing diplomatic clearances for U.S. military aircraft and vessels.
For more information, please visit http://www.southcom.mil.
U.S. Agency for International Development
The Eastern Caribbean program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports development assistance activities in the six independent states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) plus Barbados. The program has focused on promoting economic growth through an improved business and investment climate, helping governments and the private sector compete in the global marketplace, combating HIV/AIDS, and protecting fragile ecosystems. A new development assistance strategy for the years 2011-2015 will continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, but will also contain new initiatives to create employment opportunities for youth and to assist the island nations in adapting to the effects of climate change.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Legal Attaché
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.
The FBI is a global organization with a global presence, operating Legal Attaché (Legat) Offices at many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
The FBI operates a Legat Office at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. The FBI also has a Legat Sub-Office at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas. These offices serve as the FBI’s official representatives to the Northern and Eastern Caribbean.
Legat Bridgetown’s area of responsibility includes the countries of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Martin), Grenada, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Sub-Office Nassau’s area of responsibility covers the Bahamas and the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands).
As part of the FBI’s International Operations Division, the Legat Office advances the FBI’s international mission to defeat criminal and national security threats by building a network of trusted partners and strengthening international capabilities.
The FBI promotes enhancement of partner capabilities by conducting in-country training and seminars focused on addressing local and regional crime problems. The FBI also sends foreign law enforcement personnel to trainings in the United States to include the FBI National Academy (FBINA) and the FBI National Executive Institute (FBI NEI). Furthermore, the world-renown FBI Laboratory assists foreign law enforcement investigations by providing forensic and technological services.
The FBI is a partner to multiple regional security institutions to include: the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Regional Security Service (RSS), and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
The FBI investigates crimes against U.S. citizens overseas and those adversely affecting U.S. interests overseas.
The Legat Office in Bridgetown, Barbados can be contacted at 246-227-4158.
The Legat Sub-Office in Nassau, Bahamas can be contacted at 242-322-1181 extension 4542.
The FBI website can be found at www.fbi.gov. It contains information about Most Wanted Fugitives, Most Wanted Terrorists, and also how to report a crime or information about an investigation.
Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bridgetown is active in the “Demand Reduction” program which includes, but is not limited to, giving presentations to civic and other groups like schools, church and community watch groups, and the Rotary Club.
The DEA Bridgetown Country Office provides training to host nation counterparts such as the Police Force Drug Squads, and the Financial Investigative Units (FIU) of the countries of the Eastern Caribbean. Some of the training topics covered are: Drug identification; Evidence Handling; Undercover Operations; Firearms Training; Defensive Tactics; Surveillance; Maritime Operations; Asset Forfeiture; Marijuana Eradication; Safety and Security; Technical Operations; and Health and Stress Management. DEA Bridgetown sponsors the following annual conferences every year for host nation counterparts in the region: Drug Commanders; Center for Drug Information; Financial Investigations; and the International Drug Enforcement Conference.
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS is the U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Outside the United States, IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) units work with foreign governments to pursue some of the most significant cross border financial investigations targeting tax evasion, fraudulent schemes, organized crime syndicates, narcotics distribution rings and terrorist organizations. In the course of these investigations, the IRS-CI may receive information from informants, assist in undercover operations, gather evidence and financial intelligence, and coordinate regional or global financial investigations with CI field offices.
For more information, please visit the Internal Revenue Service website
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens through providing effective foreign assistance and through fostering global cooperation.
INL programs in the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados seek to reduce the trafficking of cocaine through the region; reduce violence and gender-based crime; improve border security; reduce financial incentives for crime; undercut the profitability of drug trafficking; and promote justice by improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
INL Bridgetown’s goals are:
- to inhibit the flow of cocaine from Venezuela through the Eastern Caribbean;
- to improve the interdiction capacity of the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados through providing technical assistance, training, and critical equipment for local law enforcement;
- to undercut the profitability of drug trafficking by empowering Eastern Caribbean and Barbados to seize and forfeit the illicit proceeds of crime; and building Financial Intelligence;
- to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice systems in Eastern Caribbean and Barbados by implementing international best practices on issues such as plea bargaining and remote witness testimony.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
S T R A T E G I C F O C U S
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Barbados is part of CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office (CRO). CDC CRO opened in 2002 in Trinidad and Tobago, relocated to Barbados in 2008, followed by another move to Jamaica in 2018. CDC works to support the Government of Barbados and other partners in-country to reach the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 95-9595 goals and accelerate HIV epidemic control, through support of adoption of World Health Organization (WHO) and globally-known best practices. The UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets are, by 2030: 95 percent of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) will know their HIV status; 95 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 95 percent of all people receiving ART will have viral suppression. CDC’s main goals are to: Improve access to quality services for PLHIV; re-engage PLHIV lost to follow-up and retain them on treatment to achieve viral suppression; enhance laboratory capacity and improve viral load testing services; and improve data access and quality, particularly for key populations to inform program decisions. Barbados is a small island nation with a smaller HIV burden compared to other CRO supported countries, and it is close to reaching its first 95 of the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. International best practices and policies based on WHO recommendations will be fast-tracked in order to accelerate progress. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/CDC support to Barbados is transitioning to local government and will end by October 2020.
K E Y A C T I V I T I E S A N D A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S
HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment: CDC is building clinical capacity to institutionalize the WHO Treat All Guidelines and the 95-95-95 Strategy. Barbados was among the first countries in the region to recognize and implement Treat All (all PLHIV are started on ART) in 2016. CDC supported the development and implementation of a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) policy and guidelines as part of a Combination HIV Prevention approach. Barbados will readily transition to Tenofovir/Lamuviduine/ Dolutegravir (TLD), an antiretroviral fixed-dose combination, as first line regimen by September 2019. Multi-month scripting (dispensation) has long been adopted and implemented.
Activities to improve the clinical cascade include:
• Case finding: Scaling up of HIV infection recency testing and self-testing; scaling-up of index testing, which involves identifying current and former partners and household members of PLHIV; and enhancing partner notification services and supporting online outreach for targeted high-risk men.
• For PLHIV who are diagnosed, but not on treatment: Building on lost to follow-up activities and return to care interventions.
• For PLHIV on ART: Expanding private sector and civil society organization engagement for service delivery; enhancing support for retention in care and adherence to treatment; implementing Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) to message that once PLHIV viral suppression is reached and HIV is undetectable on tests, they will not transmit the virus to others; expanding viremia clinics; implementing the Rapid Pathway Model to fast track stable patients; and expanding viral load testing.
Enhance Laboratory Capacity:
• Supporting continuous quality improvement toward accreditation, including strengthening human resource capacity through technical training.
• Implementing the HIV Rapid Test Quality Improvement Initiative, monitoring quality assurance of HIV testing, and providing external quality assurance panels to monitor HIV and related testing. • Expanding the Laboratory Information System.
• Scaling up and strengthening of viral load testing.
• Strengthening National and Regional Laboratory Services Network.
• In collaboration with the Government of Barbados, CDC supported the construction of the Bestdos Santos Public Health Laboratory. Construction was completed in December 2017, and the laboratory provides state-of-the-art services and diagnostics for Barbados and the region. This state-of-the-art facility will support the region to strengthen surveillance and diagnostics for care and response while improving quality of data.
• Enhancing availability of high quality and timely data by supporting timely surveillance reporting and strengthening essential data and information systems in order to monitor and evaluate program interventions, including interventions to strengthen Treat All implementation and achievement of 95-95-95 targets.
• Improving the quality and availability of key populations data: Completed a bio-behavioral survey amongst men who have sex with men while strengthening systems for surveillance of sexually transmitted infections.
CDC Caribbean Regional Office
US Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey, St. Michael
Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Eastern Caribbean since the program was established in 1961. Currently, 124 Volunteers are serving in Eastern Caribbean. Volunteers serve on the islands of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Volunteers are assigned to work in one of the four following areas: Youth Development, Institutional/NGO Development, Small Business Development, and Special Education. In addition to these primary assignments, many Volunteers work on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.