HOLIDAY SECURITY PRECAUTION

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain December 4, 2018 Happy Holidays from the U.S. Embassy!  We would like to remind U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago that the incidence of burglaries, thefts, and robberies traditionally increases during the holiday season.  Below are some tips to help you reduce your vulnerability to holiday crime. In Your Home Beware of ...
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TTPS officers embed with Palm Beach colleagues

As the U.S continues to assist Trinidad and Tobago in the fight against crime, five police officers from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service  (TTPS) Homicide Bureau and Special Evidence Recovery Unit will embed with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) in Florida for two days next week, for hands on experience on how the PBSCO carries out homicide ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello at the launch of the STEM/Life Skills Program

This project was selected because people care about you students and your success.  The United States is rooting for you, the people you see around you are rooting for you, and know that there are others in the country that are watching and rooting for you. 
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Ambassador Joseph Mondello presents credentials to President Paula-Mae Weekes

Joseph N. Mondello, Ambassador-designate of the United States of America to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago presented his credentials to Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes on Monday October 22nd. Ambassador Mondello was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Linda Mondello and Mr John McIntyre, Deputy Chief of Mission.
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Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello arrives in Trinidad and Tobago

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Joseph N. Mondello and his family arrived in Port of Spain last evening.  Ambassador Mondello officially assumes duties after the presentation of his Letters of Credence to President Paula Mae Weekes. On his arrival Ambassador Mondello said, “My wife and I are honored to be here ...
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Demonstration Alert – Protest on St. Clair Avenue

Location: St. Clair Avenue, adjacent to Briar Place Event: Please be advised of a peaceful protest of approximately 200 members of the Oil Workers Trade Union on St. Clair Avenue and Sweet Briar Road. It is important to remember that peaceful protests can rapidly become violent without warning.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and use caution ...
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United States Donates Computer Equipment to Financial Intelligence Unit

U.S. Embassy-donated computer equipment will soon allow the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Trinidad and Tobago to accept electronic reports on suspicious transactions from financial institutions and other entities under the FIU’s jurisdiction. The donation was made through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, utilizing funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics ...
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Treasury Sanctions Key ISIS Financial Facilitators from T&T

September 19, 2018 Action includes targets connected to the Caribbean and the Middle East Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to designate two Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financiers pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Today September 19, the State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism, which describes the global counterterrorism landscape in 2017 and fulfills a congressional mandate. The report allows us to highlight significant terrorist trends and takes stock of how effective United States and international efforts were in countering these threats. It also helps us ...
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Alert – Weather Preparedness

Location: Eastern Caribbean Event:  The National Hurricane Center (NHC)  has issued an alert for Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to remain at tropical storm intensity when it moves across the Lesser Antilles on Thursday. Note that tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2018

On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom. We come together, today, to recall this timeless truth: When America is united, no force on Earth ...
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Alert – Walk-Out and March – September 7, 2018

Location: Stanmore Avenue and St. Clair Boulevard, Port of Spain Event: Please be advised that a National Walk-Out day has been organized for Trinidad and Tobago (TT) which calls for members of the TT government and private sector to avoid work on Friday, September 7th.  In addition, the Peoples’ Empowerment Party has organized a march that will ...
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Demonstration Alert – Protest in Port of Spain

Location: Prime Minister’s Office, St. Clair Boulevard, Port of Spain Event: Please be advised of a protest currently underway outside the Prime Minister’s Office. Thus far the demonstration is peaceful and non-violent. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and use caution in the vicinity. Actions to Take: Avoid walking or driving near the area of ...
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U.S. Embassy Law Enforcement Working Group Meets with Police Commissioner

The U.S. Embassy Law Enforcement Working Group, led by Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John McIntyre, hosted Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith for a courtesy call and briefing on September 4 regarding the strong working relationship between the Embassy and the TTPS.  Representatives were present from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Department ...
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What Labor Day means in America

Unlike other U.S. holidays, Labor Day does not pay tribute to a person or memorialize a historic event. It gives voice to the American worker. Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day “recognizes the work that has been done by millions of working men and women to come together to improve their wages and ...
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Alert – Demonstration on Cipriani Blvd

Location: Cipriani Boulevard and Queen’s Park West – near the U.S. Embassy  Event: Please be advised that a peaceful protest of approximately 90 members of the Oil Workers Trade Union is currently being conducted on Cipriani BLVD and Queen’s Park West opposite the Republic bank Credit Center. Thus far, there is no police presence. This is the ...
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Successful end to Southern Partnership Station 2018

The Southern Partnership Station 18 (SPS18) subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) between the U.S. Navy and Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard ended successfully Aug 22, following two weeks of diving and medical care exercises designed to enhance coordination in regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness and interoperability of participants. For the capstone event, ...
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Community Police Train the Trainer Workshop

The Embassy’s Military Liaison Office, through our Military Information Support Team (MIST), worked closely with the Mayor’s office of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation to host a four-day Community Policing Seminar for Trinidad and Tobago Police Service officers, August 20-23.  The intention of the training is to create a model for future training in other communities.   ...
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Alert- Message for U.S. Citizens – Aftershocks from Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Port of Spain August 22, 2018 U.S. citizens are advised that following the 21st of August’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake, aftershocks have already been felt throughout the region, and there is the potential for further aftershocks. Water and electricity services may be affected in some areas, and cellular and ...
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Alert- Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Trinidad and Tobago – 7.3 Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Port of Spain August 21, 2018 Trinidad and Tobago: 7.3 Earthquake The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Trinidad and Tobago that a 7.3 earthquake occurred today at 5:31 p.m. local time, with the epicenter originating in Venezuela. Some areas of Trinidad and Tobago may be affected by ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Natural Disaster Alert

NATURAL DISASTER ALERT — U.S. EMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (AUGUST 21, 2018) Location:  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Event:  Due to a 7.4 earthquake that struck Port of Spain earlier today, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain will be closed except for emergency services on August 22.  If you ...
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U.S. among those recognized for role in rescue of Thai footballers

A thanksgiving service was held on Sunday at the residence of the honorary Thai Consul in Port of Spain for the successful rescue of the soccer team from Tham Luang Nang Non Cave complex in Northern Thailand.  The U.S. was among countries recognized for its role in the rescue of the 12 boys and their coach ...
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U.S. Sailors join TTDF in community project at Military Cemetery

Visiting sailors on the USS Gunston Hall on Friday joined members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force in refurbishing the Military Cemetery at Long Circular Road as part of a community relations (COMREL) project commemorating the veterans of both U.S. and T&T. Navy Section Chief of the Embassy’s Military Liaison Officer, Lt Commander Oliver Pao, noted ...
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Puerto Rican Trade Mission comes to T&T

Five Puerto Rican companies will visit Trinidad and Tobago on September 18th and 19th 2018, looking for distributors/representatives/wholesalers/joint venture partnerships in the following sectors: Asset management software Food and Beverage products Ammonia & Co2 based Commercial refrigeration Executive protection services and threat assessment If you are interested, fill out the form and contact our Commercial Section ...
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U.S. Navy to conduct Subject Matter Expert Exchanges with T&T Coast Guard

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) will dock in Port of Spain from Aug. 8 to Aug. 11 in support of U.S. 4th Fleet’s two concurrent deployments, Southern Seas and Southern Partnership Station.   The ship was deployed by the U.S. Navy last month to the Caribbean, Central and South America to conduct subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE), key leader engagements (KLE) ...
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Sport Caravan ends on high note

The U.S. Embassy Civil Affairs and Public Affairs teams worked closely with the Mayor’s office of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation over four consecutive Saturday’s from June 23 to July 14 to host a Sports Caravan at the Enterprise, Pierre Road, Edinburgh and Esmeralda Recreation Grounds in Chaguanas for children 5-14 years. Children participated in Trinidad ...
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USAID Launches Project to Support Regional NGOs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project was launched on June 10 in Georgetown, Guyana. 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 & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, ...
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U.S. Invites Regional Health Practitioners to Tackle Zika

More than 80 health professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, and health administrators from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Brazil, and Colombia attended a recent forum on Zika, organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health and the Caribbean Regional Midwives Association (CRMA). ...
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U.S. Entrepreneur: Think about your purpose in life

Meagan Ward, a young entrepreneur whose mission is to unite women of all backgrounds and celebrate womanhood in its entirety, is in Trinidad and Tobago for three days to engage with entrepreneurs about empowerment and realizing their potential.  At a standing room only dialogue June 29 at the Embassy’s American Space, she urged female entrepreneurs ...
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T&T’s strong partnerships is a model in the fight against violent extremism

Trinidad and Tobago is a model for the global community in building strong, resilient communities in the fight against violent extremism because of the strong partnerships between government, civil society, academics and religious groups. This is the view expressed by Irfan Saeed – Director for the Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Bureau of Counterterrorism ...
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Embassy hosts Annual Iftar Dinner

The Embassy’s annual Iftar dinner was hosted last evening by Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre as part of our continuing engagement with members of the Muslim community. Chargé d’Affaires McIntyre made a commitment to increase outreach with the community both on a professional and personal level. Yacoob Ali, President of ASJA in his greetings on ...
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Safety Standards Same for U.S. Domestic and Exported Poultry

Trinidad and Tobago consumers can eat U.S. poultry with full confidence.  The United States takes food safety very seriously. All U.S. exports of poultry must, by law, be inspected and only poultry produced in federally-inspected plants and receiving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection can be exported. Products exported to Trinidad ...
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Correctional Training Services for the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy requires investigative training for a Correctional Services environment, for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. Government intends to award a contract to the responsible company submitting an acceptable quotation at the lowest price.  We intend to award a contract based on initial ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season Alert

Hurricane Season Alert May 29, 2018 Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...
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Canine Handler Skills Training Services for the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy requires the supply of Canine Handler Skills Training Services, for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. Government intends to award a contract to the responsible company submitting an acceptable quotation at the lowest price.  We intend to award a contract based on ...
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U.S. Commercial Service’s Caribbean Trade Mission 2018

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Caribbean Trade Mission took place last week from May 9-11. Representatives of eight U.S. companies traveled to Trinidad and Tobago for meetings with potential business partners arranged by the Economic and Political Officer Matthew Ciesielski and the economic section, with assistance from  The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago . The embassy hosted six of the companies on ...
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Secondary Schools Anti-Bullying Campaign 2018

Hundreds of secondary school students were at the National Academy for performing arts for the annual anti-bullying campaign. And the message is clear bullying in all of its forms is destructive. The theme was Cyber Bullying Prevention and focused on identifying the impact of cyber bullying and how all stakeholders can reduce its frequency. Michael Barrera, ...
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National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) 2018 delegates off to the U.S.

The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with NIHERST is pleased to announce that Sebastian Rudden of North Gate College and Josh-Michael Ashman of Bishop Anstey Trinity College East have been selected to participate in the National Youth Science Camp 2018. The camp will take place near Bartow, West Virginia in the ...
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Message for U.S. citizens: Potential Measles Outbreak

Venezuela is experiencing an outbreak of the measles virus. Several countries in the region have reported cases of measles associated with travelers from Venezuela. Measles is highly contagious, but vaccination provides good protection from this disease. To ensure protection, persons from the U.S. born after 1957 should ensure that they have had two documented doses ...
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U.S. Embassy presents Minister of Finance with appreciation plaque

U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires John McIntyre presents Minister of Finance Colm Imbert with a plaque of appreciation for his ongoing support of the Federal Air Marshal (FAM) program.  The FAM program agreement was signed last year and has grown in the number of missions to and from Trinidad and Tobago.  One key element of FAM ...
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Launch of Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System Scanners

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre Remarks at the Official Launch of the Customs and Excise Mobile Scanners at the Port of Point Lisas, Trinidad Wednesday, April 18, 2018 11:00 a.m. The Honorable Colm Imbert – Minister of Finance The Honorable Edmund Dillon – Minister of National Security The Honorable Paula Gopee-Scoon – Minister of Trade ...
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U.S. Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago May 9-11, 2018

Eight U.S. companies will visit Trinidad and Tobago looking for local partners (distributors, representatives) in the following sectors: Road Building Products/ Infrastructure Beverage Professional Services – Marketing and communication Information and Communication Technology Safety and Security Equipment – ICT Marine – Boat docks & boat dock hardware  
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U.S. Embassy supports Ryu Dan Dojo Unity Walk

Deputy Chief of Mission Dexter Payne, Public Affairs Officer AJ Jagelski and Deputy Public Affairs Officer Michael Barrera joined the Ryu Dan Dojo Youth Empowerment Center on Saturday in its “Make Kindness Contagious, Unity in the Community” walk through Enterprise, Chaguanas. DCM Payne underscored the Embassy’s partnership with the Center, saying there was a lot ...
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U.S. Embassy and Delaware National Guard partners with Mayaro/Rio Claro on Disaster Management SMME

The United States Embassy’s Military Liaison Office (MLO) and the Delaware National Guard (DNG) is partnering with the Office of the Member of Parliament for Mayaro and the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation to host a series of workshops on Disaster Management, Preparedness and Response in the Mayaro constituency. The first Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) ...
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Local NGOs commit to Coalition for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Representatives of several local NGOs have committed to creating and being members of a Coalition for Orphans and Vulnerable Children whose underlying belief is that every child, regardless of background, deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing family environment. The commitment came about following a two day workshop facilitated by U.S. subject expect ...
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Routine Message: U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35

Important notice:  Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for such applicants will ...
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Trinidad and Tobago to Host Emergency Preparedness Exercise with the United States

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Port of Spain and U.S. Southern Command, will host an exercise called Fused Response 18, to enhance emergency preparedness and the bilateral relationship April 16-26, 2018. Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), and the U.S. Southern Command will ...
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Embassy supports Model UN 2018

Model UN 2018, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, United Nations and Ministry of Education, held its gala dinner and talent show at the Hilton Hotel on March 17. Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre attended the event and congratulated the delegates on successfully completing their training and ...
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YLAI Reverse Exchange visit to Paramin

Public Affairs Officer AJ Jagelski on March 15 visited Paramin with  #YLAI2017  fellows Keron Bascombe and Brent Eversley who are executing their  Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI  Reverse Exchange program. The reverse exchange focuses on farming in Trinidad and Tobago. Chief Impact Officer, Anna Kohn of  RecoveryPark  also shared tricks of the trade with local farmers.
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Embassy supports “Student Empowerment Peace Over Violence” caravan

The U.S. Embassy congratulates and supports the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Central Division Community Police in hosting its first school caravan “Student Empowerment Peace Over Violence” at the Chaguanas North Secondary school on Friday, March 9. An initiative to find solutions to violent behavior through the use of motivational speakers and performers, the caravan will ...
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Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Subject Matter Expert Exchange

Communications professionals from the Trinidad and Tobago government successfully completed a four-day Public Affairs and Strategic Communications workshop with U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND, through the U.S. Embassy, March 5-8.
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International Women’s Day 2018

IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!! In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, our visiting speaker Dr. Jeri Dyson, yesterday led a vibrant roundtable discussion on gender issues with a group of our local gender activists and embassy Gender working group. Based in Washington D.C., Dr. Dyson is an adolescent medicine physician specializing in sexuality, intimacy and ...
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USAID, UNDP & The Judiciary Open Children Courts in North & South Trinidad

Port of Spain, Trinidad – On March 6 and 7 2018, the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago held two launch ceremonies to mark the openings of the North and South locations of their new Children Courts at 6 Elizabeth Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain, and Corner Dehli Street and Fyzabad Main Road, Fyzabad. The ...
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DAS Tekach courtesy calls

Deputy Assistant Secretary Dr. Mara Tekach of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, paid courtesy calls on Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia. DAS Tekach was in Trinidad ...
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Participants from U.S. and 19 Caribbean Countries Discuss Disaster Preparedness

Forty-six U.S. government cultural exchange alumni representing 19 countries from the Caribbean and the United States converged on Port of Spain from February 19-23 to participate in the seminar Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities: Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness. In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, ...
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Security Alert: UPDATE Travel Advisory – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to some areas of Port of Spain due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common. Gang activity, such as narcotics ...
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Disaster Response and Regional Resiliency

In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, on February 19-23, U.S. exchange alumni representing 19 countries from the Caribbean and the United States are participating in the Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities:  Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Seminar. The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago is ...
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Applications now open for YLAI 2018

Attention entrepreneurs in Trinidad and Tobago! The application for the 2018 @ylainetwork Professional Fellows Program is now open! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program aims to empower Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic and social development. Sponsored by ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain

Event: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recently disrupted a plan to attack Carnival (ending on February 13, 2018). In light of the recent operation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is taking additional active steps to secure Carnival events out of an abundance of caution. U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise additional caution and ...
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VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

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

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory ...
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No Change in Visa Policy for Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. Embassy to Port of Spain advises the public that, contrary to rumors, there has been NO recent change in Visa Policy for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. Please check  https://travel.state.gov  for the latest official information, as well as our website  https://tt.usembassy.gov/  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @USinTT.
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Embassy Liaison to Tobago

The U.S. Embassy has a liaison to Tobago! U.S. Embassy Liaison to Tobago Kevin Ogley will visit the island frequently to ensure the U.S. Embassy is fully aware of local issues and those with international implications, including shared interests in security, diversification of the economy, education, and coordinating public outreach efforts. Last week Kevin met ...
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CariSECURE Launches in Trinidad and Tobago

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) CariSECURE Project, is fostering the use of evidence-based analysis of youth crime and violence in Trinidad and Tobago to drive more effective policies and programming. The CariSECURE Project was officially launched today in Port of Spain in collaboration with the Ministry of ...
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Remarks at CariSECURE Inception Workshop

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre At CariSECURE Inception Workshop  Level 20, International Waterfront Center AS PREPARED It is my pleasure to give remarks at this formal launch of the CariSECURE project in Trinidad and Tobago. This project signals the United States Government’s continued commitment to reducing crime and violence among Caribbean youth. Trinidad and ...
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Remarks at Launch of “Treat All” Tour

The Tour, which began with a visit to the HIV treatment facility in Tobago on Tuesday, will continue with a visit to the San Fernando today and then to Sangre Grande next week. During these visits, Dr. Edwards and his team will share their experiences with other physicians and nurses so as to scale up ...
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More Canines for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Mounted and Canine Branch received five canines from the U.S. Embassy as part of our continuing support for the security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre and Senior Superintendent Patsy Joseph, Head of the TTPS ...
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Embassy spends the day at work in the Borough of Arima

Arima, Novmeber, 2017:  The U.S. Embassy set up its offices in Arima for one day on Novmeber 14, in an effort to seek new opportunities to engage with the eastern community.  Offices were based at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima from 8 a.m. to 4:o0 p.m. An initiative of Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre ...
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U.S. Embassy in Arima – November 14

The U.S. Embassy will move to Arima for one day on November 14.  The Embassy’s offices will be based at various locations throughout Arima from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “The U.S. Embassy’s visit to Arima is part of our continued engagement with communities in Trinidad and Tobago and follows our visit to San Fernando ...
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Thank you for attending College Fair 2017!

The Embassy’s annual College Fair 2017, held October 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, was an overwhelming success with 3500 to 4000 persons attending. The collaborative event with the Canadian High Commission attracted representatives from 41 U.S. and 19 Canadian universities and colleges, as well as 13 regional institutions. The Fair featured a full schedule of informational sessions, many ...
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PEPFAR funds boost HIV care at Medical Research Foundation

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre today thanked Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh for his commitment to successfully mobilizing funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to the Medical Research Foundation (MRF). They were at the time touring the MRF at Queen’s Park East, Port of Spain. The funding support ...
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Notice Regarding Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Trinidad and Tobago who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul – October 2017

I heard that there is a ‘green card’ lottery. Can people living in Trinidad and Tobago enter and when does it take place? Thank you for your question. The Diversity Visa Program, often called the ‘green card lottery,’ is an annual diversity immigration program. It makes available, by random selection, 50,000 immigrant visas to people ...
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Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria – currently a strong category four storm – has brought significant rainfall and wind resulting in life-threatening flooding, mudslides, and storm surges across the Caribbean this week. Disruptions to travel and services are occuring throughout the path of the hurricane. Follow the link below for information on U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Maria: ...
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Youth Ambassadors back home and ready to GROW!

This year’s Youth Ambassadors visited the Embassy to share their experience representing Trinidad and Tobago at the U.S. State Department’s Caribbean Youth Ambassadors Program. The six participants and one adult mentor spent three weeks in the U.S. in August. They took part in activities aimed at preparing them to become responsible citizens and contributors to ...
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U.S. Medical Mission in Sangre Grande

The weekend September 1-3, a U.S. Medical Mission led by Trini/American Dr. Reynold S. Agard, was in Trinidad to offer free medical services in the Sangre Grande community. The health care clinic, which was based at the Sangre Grande Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church was comprised of 120 physicians, nurses and other health professionals from ...
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Independence Greeting from Secretary Tillerson

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Trinidad and Tobago on the 55th anniversary of your independence. The United States values Trinidad and Tobago’s shared commitment to regional security, economic integration, and democracy. We look forward to strengthening these ties and to greater collaboration, as underscored ...
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Spoken word anti-violence campaign teaches youth “Normal, Not Normal”

In our continuing outreach to at-risk youths, the Embassy partnered with The 2 Cents Movement, Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) Hearts and Minds, and Freetown Collective to host a theatrical performance at the Central Bank Auditorium on August 24, culminating the first phase of a four month long “Normal, Not Normal” campaign project. The performance ...
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Embassy back at work in south Trinidad

U.S. Embassy discusses partnerships with San Fernando Mayor Port of Spain Aug 16, 2017:  Officials of the U.S. Embassy were at work again in San Fernando last Monday, continuing its commitment to partnering with south Trinidad, an initiative which began last June when the embassy moved its offices to San Fernando for one day. Embassy ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

Preface “From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul – August 2017

Question I received email from a website requesting a payment to process a “green card.”  Is this a legitimate website? No, this email is likely a scam.  All official websites or emails from the U.S. government end with the “.gov” top-level domain suffix.  Any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on political prisoners in Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 1, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump The United States condemns the actions of the Maduro dictatorship.  Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime.  The United States holds Maduro – who publicly announced just hours earlier that he ...
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2017 Fulbright departure briefing

The 2017 Fulbright Scholarship recipients attended their departure briefing last evening. L-R Mr. Andre Frederick, Master’s, Choral Conducting, University of Kansas Ms. Celeste Walters, Master’s, Art Therapy – New York University Mr. Khalil Hassanali, Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change – University of California-Davis Ms. Tricia Joseph, Ph.d., Higher Education-Leadership and Policy Analysis – ...
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New protocols adopted for children in conflict with the law

The Juvenile Court Project  has marked a significant milestone with the adoption by the T&T Government of new protocols governing cases involving children in conflict with the law. The project is a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). ...
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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Human trafficking is as old as humankind. Regrettably, it’s been with us for centuries and centuries. But in the expression of this act, as I read that one line to you, it is our hope that the 21st century will be the last century of human trafficking, and that’s what we are all committed to.
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Iftar with visiting Muslim Outreach Expert

Nezar Hamze, a Florida Law Enforcement Officer and Muslim Community Outreach Expert was the guest speaker at an Iftar hosted by Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre on June 22 at the Chief of Mission Residence, Long Circular. Hamze visited Trinidad to engage with members of local Muslim communities during the holy month of Ramadan.  
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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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Visa appointments for June 20 can be rescheduled

A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. In the interest of safety for all visitors to the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, please be advised that your scheduled appointment for Tuesday, June 20th can be rescheduled online. All appointments before ...
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Defending Democracy with Diplomacy

By John McIntyre, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago and the United States share a deep respect for the rule of law and the tradition of helping other nations in need. As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco “Paco” Palmieri said during his visit to Trinidad last week:  “The entire ...
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Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre speaks on “Business protocol in a changing environment”

Last Wednesday Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre spoke at an event hosted by AmCham, on “Business protocol in a changing environment”, as part of our Internal Speaker Program series. If your organization is interested in hosting an Embassy speaker, please let us know at ircpos@state.gov
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U.S. Embassy in San Fernando – June 9

The U.S. Embassy will move to San Fernando for one day on June 9 as we seek new opportunities to engage with the community.  Our offices will be based at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), Todd Street, San Fernando from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An initiative of Chargé d’Affaires John W. ...
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President Trump’s Ramadan message

President Donald J. Trump wished all Muslims “a joyful Ramadan” upon the start of the Muslim holy month. “During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities,” President Trump said in a May 26 statement . “At its core, the ...
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Delivering tips on Quality Customer Care at TTHTI, Chaguaramas

General Services Officer Hyun Yoon spoke with students of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute – TTHTI about how to deliver Quality Customer Care in a challenging environment.  His talk is part of our Internal Speaker Series.  If your organization is interested, let us know at ircpos@state.gov
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Consular outreach with National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago

As a part of the Embassy’s Speaker Program, Consular Officer Sara Elsayed met with the National Muslim Women’s Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (NMWOTT).  Ms. Elsayed spoke about her experience coming from a Muslim background and growing up in the U.S.  The group shared stories about issues facing Muslim women and the work that NMWOTT is doing in the local community.
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New PISCES Agreement Between T&T and U.S. Will Improve Border Security

The Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States today signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) that will provide for the establishment of a state-of-the-art border control system that documents the arrival and departure of international travelers at airports and seaports in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Exploring T&T Met Services

Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre on Thursday along with Jacob Stevens, Political and Economic Officer and students of QSI International School of Trinidad visited the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service to tour the US NWS Upper Air Station (Radiosonde) at Piarco. A special “weather balloon” sounding was done by Hiram Escabi, Jr., Upper Air Program Manager, ...
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New Delaware Commander visits Trinidad

Major General Carol Timmons, new Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard (DNG) has given a personal commitment to continued strong relations with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF).  She made the declaration during a visit to Trinidad earlier this week. Major General Timmons is Delaware’s first female two-star general and first female Adjutant ...
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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION — Tobago Police Law Enforcement Training April 2017 BASIC DESCRIPTION: The United States (U.S) Embassy Port of Spain requires a vendor to train six Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TT Police) officers, based in Tobago, in “Instructor Development” (IDC), and train these officers to instructor level in “Interview and Interrogation Techniques” (I&I), and “Basic Criminal ...
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The 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – Apply NOW

About YLAI The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) builds linkages between younger leaders across the hemisphere. YLAI will help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic ...
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Youth Ambassadors 2017

Applications are invited for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program.  Six students between the ages 15-18 years will be selected to participate in the three week exchange program from August 7-28 in the U.S.  The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the U.S. Embassy.  This year World Learning will host ...
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Embassy staff receives World Customs Organization’s Certificate of Merit

U.S. Embassy staff Arthlyn Samuel of the Department of Homeland Security and Dina Abaa-Ogley of the Department of State received meritorious awards from the World Customs Organization for the indispensable role they played in the completion of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago last year.  Chargé d’Affaires ...
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January 2017 crime statistics for Trinidad & Tobago

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are sending you the attached  January 2017 crime statistics for Trinidad & Tobago  (PDF 712 KB). The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that criminals take the opportunity to target people who are unaware or appear unaware of their ...
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Remarks by Chargé John McIntyre at announcement of Chaguanas joining the Strong Cities Network

I’m really pleased that Chaguanas has joined the Strong Cities Network, the first global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.
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Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day   International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women ...
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Applications open for Fulbright Scholarship Program

Applications are now invited for the Fulbright Scholarship Program 2017/2018 . Fulbright Scholarships are for graduate study only. Fulbright IIE Foreign Student Program (for Master’s degree study) Applications are now open. Deadline: June 15, 2017 Fulbright LASPAU Faculty Development Program (institutional development)   Deadline: May 1, 2017 Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey (young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

On March 6, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on “ Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States .”  In it, President Trump  directed  the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State to review the screening systems for visa applicants and ensure enforcement of all laws for entry into the United States. Read the full Order below: EXECUTIVE ORDER – – ...
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President Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of ...
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Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still remains ...
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Tech Camp targets At-Risk Youths

Our first-ever Tech Camp taught at-risk youths to take hold of their futures by turning their smart phones into tools for economic opportunity.  Alumni of DOS exchange programs including the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) played significant roles in the three-day program, titled App Start. Participants, recruited from communities most vulnerable to recruitment by ...
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U.S. working with Trinidad and Tobago to fight money laundering and terrorism financing

U.S. working with Trinidad and Tobago to fight money laundering and terrorism financing John Murphy, an economic crime advisor from U.S. Treasury, is currently working with government of Trinidad and Tobago to fight money laundering and terrorism financing, as part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing partnership with the government building capacity in the security sector. ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate cooperation on shared priorities. The two leaders reaffirmed the strong security partnership and agreed to continue close coordination in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. President Trump invited Prime Minster Rowley to visit Washington, D.C., in ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul – February 2017

Question: I am expecting family from the U.S. for Carnival, is there any information that they should know before travelling? First of all we hope you have a safe Carnival. Please note the recent Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” does not affect U.S. Citizens, TT citizens travelling on TT ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Insel Air

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that U.S. Consulate General Curaçao has temporarily prohibited U.S. Consulate Curacao personnel from flying on Insel Air.  The Consulate adopted this policy following an internal review of safety-related considerations.   You are receiving this message because Insel Air also flies to Trinidad and Tobago. On December 27, 2016, an ...
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Voting in 2017?

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ...
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Transcript of Media Availability on Executive Order with Secretary Kelly & DHS Leadership

Over the next 30 days we will analyze and assess the strengths and the weaknesses of our current immigration system, which is the most generous in the world. We will then provide our foreign partners with 60 days to cooperate with our national security requirements.
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Executive Order does not affect TT Green Card Holders who are not dual nationals of listed countries

T&T citizens who are Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. and are not dual nationals of one of the seven countries affected by the Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, are not affected by that Order. The Order also does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as ...
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Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy Program

Attorneys attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Legal Aid and Advisory Authority (LAAA) are attending a three-day workshop from January 26-28 to enhance their trial advocacy skills at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain. The program is funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs through the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The expert facilitators from the National Institute ...
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IOM Training of Trainers workshop on combatting TIP

The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services for a 4-Day specialized Training of Trainers workshop in Port of Spain this week. The workshop is part of a  3-year project funded by the US Government.  Representatives from the Embassy, Counter Trafficking Unit, ...
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Carnival Safety Tips

This is the first of two Security Notices and/or Event Advisories from U.S. Embassy Port of Spain regarding Carnival 2017.  Carnival will be celebrated on Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th.  The U.S. Embassy wishes all U.S. citizens an enjoyable 2017 Carnival season and offers the following safety tips: BASIC TIPS: When attending parties ...
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Train-the-Trainer workshop on Intellectual Property

This morning Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the Train-the-Trainer workshop on Intellectual Property with Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise. The Honourable Stuart Young, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, as well as J. Todd Reves, Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Mexico, Central America and ...
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Donald Trump’s first stop on Inauguration Day will be the ‘Church of the Presidents’

Every chief executive since James Madison, the fourth president, has attended at least one service there, and President-elect Donald Trump will uphold the custom that Franklin D. Roosevelt began in 1933 by attending a service on the morning of Inauguration Day.
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Here’s why a new president’s first 100 days matter so much

An American election can be hard fought, but after a victor is decided, the president-elect must establish a functioning government that’s responsive to the people. Donald Trump , like earlier incoming presidents, will likely develop a detailed 100-day plan so that on Inauguration Day, January 20, his administration is ready to go, said David Eagles, director of the ...
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Ambassador John L. Estrada on terror financing

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of Justice, are committed to working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, most specifically the Attorney General’s office and the Ministry of National Security to track, charge, and convict those who are financial sponsors of terrorism. As the U.S. Ambassador, I have made ...
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Toys for Tots Christmas Donation

Members of Embassy Port of Spain U.S. Marine Detachment distributed toys during their annual ‘Toys for Tots’ Program to under-privileged children at Our Lady of Wayside, St. Dominic’s Children’s Home and Sophia House on Thursday in Port of Spain. Also joining in the Christmas cheer were members of the American Citizen Services (ACS) section, including ...
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DCM McIntyre courtesy call from Martial Arts experts

Deputy Chief of Mission John McIntyre received a courtesy call from Professor Dr. Christopher G. Francis, CEO of Black Hawks Martial Arts Club and Rawlins Amar of the T&T Unified Martial Arts Federation.  DCM McIntyre received a medal of appreciation and thank you letters/certificates on behalf of the Embassy in recognition of longstanding cordial relations.
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Book Donation to ASJA Girls’ Barrackpore

The Embassy donated over 50 copies of  ‘Wishing for Wings” written by Debbie Jacob to ASJA Girls’ Barrackpore.  Based on a true story, the book recounts Debbie’s challenging journey of preparing seven young men for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) English Language exam. School Principal Nadia Ramdeen, Vice Principal Roma Rahaman and librarians Shelly Ann Ramlogan ...
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“Quiet Mondays” for Special Needs Applicants

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain has launched a new initiative for persons with special needs as part of our improved customer service. “Quiet Mondays” will be hosted by the Consular Section on the first Monday afternoon each month with special attention to minimizing distractions and offering personalized service to applicants with sensory processing difficulties. In ...
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Earthquake Safety Annoucement

Greetings from the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, If you felt the earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago on December 6th, did you follow earthquake safety protocols?  U.S. Embassy Port of Spain reminds all U.S. citizens about earthquake safety and proper actions for protecting yourself. What to do during an earthquake: Protect yourself in the safest ...
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Visit of Trini American Muslim Shareda Hosein

Shareda Hosein, a Trini-American Muslim in partnership with the Embassy participated in several outreach activities from Nov 7-14.  She engaged with Muslim and Religious Leaders, students and the media. Some of the issues discussed included countering violent extremism, gender equality and sharing her experiences as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Reserve (Retired). She also ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador John L. Estrada on deportations

United States immigration law and regulations have not changed following our recent elections.  Non-U.S. citizens convicted of crimes in the U.S. can be deported to their country of origin.  This happens in Trinidad and Tobago, as all over the world. The vast majority of Trinidad and Tobago citizens with U.S. visas follow the laws while ...
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Goodwill Students welcome Ambassador Estrada

Students of the Goodwill Industries and their teachers warmly welcomed Ambassador John L. Estrada to their school in Port of Spain on November 14.  After hearing the Ambassador’s story of growing up in Trinidad and Tobago and migrating to the U.S., the students asked questions and proudly showed off the work they have been doing. ...
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Tobago US Citizens: Town Hall on November 18, 2016

The United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, John L. Estrada, will host a Town Hall for U.S. citizens on Friday, November 18th.  The Ambassador is looking forward to speaking with the American community in Tobago. Date: Friday November 18th, at 3:00-5:00 pm. Venue: Tavaco Lounge, Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort. Please RSVP by ...
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Statement by Ambassador Estrada on U.S. Presidential Transition

Ambassador John L. Estrada: Every time a new president is elected U.S. Ambassadors all over the world submit their resignation. It is up to the new President‎ to either accept or reject these resignations. I will submit my resignation, following long-established procedure.  This would have happened no matter who was elected. For now, I remain ...
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Visa Requirement for Citizens of T&T

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind travelers using Trinidad and Tobago passports, wishing to visit the United States, of the continued requirement of a valid visa. Please visit our website at tt.usembassy.gov for official information regarding application instructions and requirements. Recent reports on social media advising that the Department of State has placed Trinidad ...
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Ambassador Estrada visits Petrotrin

Ambassador John Estrada visited Petrotrin on Wednesday, October 26. Petrotrin’s Chairman, Professor Andrew Jupiter and President Fitzroy Harewood shared some insights with the Ambassador into the role the Company plays in national development and the magnitude of its operations. In photo left to right are Chairman of Petrotrin Professor Andrew Jupiter, President of Petrotrin Fitzroy Harewood ...
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Shiva Boys’ questions Ambassador on FATCA and U.S. Presidential Elections

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, Penal on October 31 welcomed Ambassador John Estrada to their school. Ambassador Estrada spoke about moral courage and education among other topics and took questions from the students on FATCA, the U.S. Presidential elections and U.S. and T&T relations.
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Trini Student’s Grandfather Inspires Her Doctoral Journey

Read Samantha Chaitram’s #DadsAndDaughters story . She is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Miami in Florida where she is pursuing a Ph.D program in International Studies. She hopes to complete her program in 2017. The State Department’s #DadsAndDaughters campaign is a global conversation that shows how dads and daughters buck stereotypes, change ...
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Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue

On October 18, the United States, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and the Dominican Republic jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Obama in 2009. The Dialogue brought together senior representatives from the Caribbean states, the United States, and international ...
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Carter Thanks Leaders in T&T for Successful Conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2016 — In Trinidad and Tobago’s capital of Port-of-Spain today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with the Caribbean nation’s prime minister and national security minister during the 12th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas , Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. In a statement summarizing Carter’s meeting, Cook said the ...
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Defense Secretary to attend Defense Ministers Meeting

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to Trinidad and Tobago Oct. 10-11 to meet with critical security partners and build on opportunities for cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere, according to a news release from the Defense Department on Friday. During the trip, Carter will participate in the 12th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, where ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul October 2016

Question: I heard about a ‘Green Card’ lottery. Can people from Trinidad and Tobago enter and when does it take place? Answer: Thank you for your question. The Diversity Visa Program, often called the ‘green card lottery,’ is an annual diversity immigration program. It makes available, by random selection, upwards of 50,000 immigrant visas to people ...
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Empowering Leaders to Fight Crime

U.S. Government, Trinidad and PADF Empower Local Leaders to Fight Crime — Five-Day Accreditation Course Brings Together Diverse Actors to Pool Resources This week, 28 Trinidadian community leaders and government officials have been accredited to serve as facilitators in social crime prevention. This is part of a collaborative effort to address youth crime and violence between ...
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Ambassador’s Statement on FATCA

I am in Washington D.C. for meetings with the Department of State, Congress, and the White House. I am bringing positive reports about our strong and expanding ties with the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last few months we have finalized a number of important mutual assistance programs. And I am ...
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U.S./TT Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

Today the United States and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA).  U.S. Ambassador John L. Estrada and Finance Minister Colm Imbert represented their respective governments. The CMAA is an important part of the strong cooperative relationship between our two countries.  It will allow our governments to cooperate more ...
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Greetings by Ambassador John L. Estrada at Graduation of CCC Cycle 1602

Minister the Honorable retired Brigadier General Dillon, Minister of National Security; Brigadier General Rodney Smart, Chief of Defense Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force; Cheryl Robinson, Director of the Civilian Conservation Corps; other distinguished guest; ladies and gentlemen….good morning. Allow me to begin my remarks this morning by thanking general smart for allowing me the ...
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JCET Moves Into High Gear

As the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) between the U.S. Southern Command, through the U.S. Embassy, and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) comes to an end, please be advised of increased military training activity from September 23 to 30. On September 23 training will take place ...
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Consular Check-In Goes Paperless

The U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain has introduced a new initiative to improve customer service and readiness in the visa process for the holiday season, with the implementation of the Paperless Gate Entry List system (PGEL).  PGEL is an electronic check-in process that facilitates smoother entry of applicants to the waiting room for interviews. U.S. ...
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Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) Returns To Trinidad And Tobago

A Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise is currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago between the U.S. Southern Command, through the U.S. Embassy, and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).   This training exercise is part of a series of engagements that have been planned over the last ...
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Ambassador Estrada talks leadership and empowerment to St. Joseph’s Convent

Ambassador John L. Estrada visited St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain on Monday where he had the pleasure of addressing the entire student body. Ambassador Estrada spoke about leadership, empowering others and the need for continuous education. He also emphasized the importance of the students seeing themselves as future leaders of Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador ...
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Ambassador’s courtesy call on House Speaker and Senate President

Ambassador John L. Estrada on Monday paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the House of Representatives Bridgid Annisette-George and President of the Senate Christine Kangaloo. The meeting took place at the Office of the Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront Center, Port of Spain.
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Our Ocean Conference Events

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the third annual Our Ocean conference on September 15-16 in Washington, D.C., to catalyze global action to protect our ocean from the effects of human activity, including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts. In addition to the conference itself, the U.S. Department of State ...
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Statement by Ambassador John L. Estrada on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we honor the dead and comfort the families of those left behind.  We also recognize how that event affected not only the United States, but the entire world.   Of course, the attack happened on American soil, and most of the nearly 3,000 who died were ...
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Engaging at-risk youths

Ambassador John Estrada engaged with at-risk youths when he addressed the first cohort in the ‘This is ME’ program of Caribbean InTransit as well as met with the actors in the Art Connect documentary.  Listening to their stories and sharing inspirational messages the Ambassador urged the youths to rise above their circumstances by believing in ...
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U.S. Government Engagement and Partnership with the Caribbean

  Almost four million Caribbean nationals are living in the United States with over 370,000 living in Brooklyn and have contributed with their incredibly rich culture, produced amazing artists and actually enrichen U.S. culture. So said Juan Gonzales, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean when he addressed a press briefing on ...
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U.S. Army South and TTDF to co-host Interagency Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Workshop

U.S. Army South through the U.S. Embassy and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) will co-host a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief workshop in Port of Spain September 12-16.  The workshop is designed to promote interagency cooperation and bring together 21 nations to increase awareness of capabilities in the region that each country can ...
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Youth Ambassadors return with greater appreciation for American Culture

The eight Trinidad and Tobago Youth Ambassadors who spent three weeks in the United States – Washington, Seattle, Florida and South Dakota – have returned home with a greater appreciation for American culture and a keen sense of volunteerism.  They were able to build relations with their regional counterparts as well as got a reality check ...
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Happy Independence Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 54th Anniversary of Independence on August 31. Ambassador John L. Estrada attended the military parade at the Queen’s Park Savannah and the President’s Toast to the nation at Queen’s Hall, offering Happy Independence to the Government and people.
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U.S. Speaker Anne Doyle’s courtesy call on Ambassador Estrada

U.S. Visiting Speaker Anne Doyle met with Ambassador John L. Estrada. She is in Trinidad and Tobago holding workshops with local NGOs focusing on sharing of resources, recognizing and celebrating differences and the creation of productive networks.  Its a collaborative project with our partners Shauna Narine and Terry Ince. Photo: Terry Ince, Ambassador John L. Estrada, ...
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Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Merikin Community

Foreign Service Officer JP Gonzales joined the Merikin community in Indian Walk for a Thanksgiving celebration commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the community’s arrival in Trinidad. The event included a flambeau-lit, drumming-accompanied procession through the community’s heartland and a number of moving speeches from Merikin leaders and Dr. Lovell Francis MP. A military parade was ...
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Partnering with the Lily Foundation on GBV

Ambassador John L. Estrada visited Tobago August 15-18 for the primary purpose of partnering with the Lily Foundation on Gender Based Violence programs.  The Foundation facilitates positive human development and works in Tobago to educate and counsel abused women and girls. Ambassador Estrada also met with Secretary of Community Development and Culture, Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-fatt-Angus and ...
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Signing of FATCA agreement between U.S. and TT

  “This is a huge step in the right direction. We appreciate the partnership and cooperation from the Trinidad and Tobago government on moving forward on this important issue.” – Ambassador John Estrada with Minister of Finance Colm Imbert and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses at the signing ceremony of the Agreement ...
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Remarks by Ambassador John L. Estrada at closing ceremony of Arthur Ashe Internship Program

Good Morning! It’s great to be here again at UWI; this is my third visit.  On Monday I had my courtesy call with the Principal and was very impressed by his vision for the University.  During our conversation two things stood out to me that are essential for the university that is going to help ...
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Ambassador Estrada visits Blanchisseuse Gov’t Primary School

Ambassador John L. Estrada and Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Chief Staff Officer Col. Peter Sealy visited the Blanchisseuse Government Primary school where Military Engineers from the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the Delaware National Guard carried out renovation works. The project is funded by the United States Government, through the Humanitarian and Civil Assistance Program under ...
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Delaware National Guard courtesy call on Ambassador Estrada

Members of the visiting Delaware National Guard paid a courtesy call on Ambassador John L. Estrada on August 8.  A delegation of approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Delaware National Guard arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on August 7, 2016 for a week long partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) on multiple joint ...
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Delaware National Guard partners with Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force

A delegation of approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Delaware National Guard travel to Trinidad and Tobago the week of August 7 – 13 to partner with the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) on multiple joint projects and professional development exercises. The Delaware National Guard and TTDF formalized a relationship in 2005 under ...
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MLO honours Ambassador Phillips-Spencer

Ambassador retired Brigadier General Anthony Phillips-Spencer was recognized in a small ceremony by members of the United States Military Liaison Office, US Embassy. Colonel Claudia Carrizales, Chief Military Liaison Officer thanked the Ambassador for his leadership and contributions in support of mutual US -TT objectives. Ambassador Phillips-Spencer served as the Vice Chief of Defense Staff, Trinidad and ...
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Health Public Advisory – Yellow Fever – Update

Persons travelling from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are advised to carry their International Immunization Card with proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination when travelling to: Caribbean Countries Latin American Countries African Countries Asian countries Effective Wednesday June 22nd, 2016, booster doses or re-vaccination for Yellow Fever will no longer be required. One dose ...
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Health Public Advisory – Yellow Fever

People travelling from Trinidad and Tobago are advised to carry their International Immunization Card with proof of their updated Yellow Fever vaccination when travelling. For American citizens residing in Trinidad and Tobago, the International Immunization Card may be obtained at the following County Medical Offices with proof of immunization: St. George East John Shaw Avenue ...
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Greetings from the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain

The United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, John L. Estrada, will host a Town Hall for U.S. citizens on Tuesday, June 7th.  The Ambassador is looking forward to meeting the American community in Trinidad. Date: Tuesday June 7th, at 12:00pm Venue: City Hall Auditorium, Harris Promenade, San Fernando. Please RSVP by June 3rd to ...
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Ambassador Estrada visits Diego Martin Central Secondary school

Ambassador John L. Estrada last week visited the Diego Martin Central Secondary school. He observed students participate in a mock trial under the Resistance and Prevention Program – (RAPP) funded by the  U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) through the ‪#‎CaribbeanBasinSecurityInitiative‬ . The program is implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation – Trinidad and Tobago . Ambassador Estrada also delivered a motivational message to students about choices. Ambassador Estrada attended ...
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Remarks by Ambassador John Estrada at Credentialing Ceremony

AS PREPARED Remarks by Ambassador John L. Estrada at Credentialing Ceremony, President’s Office Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00 His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago… Her Excellency Reema Carmona, First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago… Ms. Margaret B. Diop, ...
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U.S. Adviser trains Government and NGOs on Disability Rights Reporting

Disability stakeholders are now equipped to report on government compliance with the recently ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  This follows five days of training with international disability law adviser for the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, Allison deFranco.  The Embassy partnered with the United Nations Development Program and ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul April 2016

Question I’m an American citizen living in Trinidad and Tobago. What types of services does the Embassy provide to American citizens and can I vote this year at the Embassy? Sincerely, American in Trinidad. Answer Dear American in Trinidad, Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. The FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) works ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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Text of Ambassador Estrada’s Video Message

Port of Spain March 23, 2016: Hello, I am John Learie Estrada. I am honored to be the next United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. I was born in Trinidad.  As a young child I lived, played and went to primary schools in the communities of Laventille, Diego Martin and Toco. My fondest ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul March 2016

Dear U.S. Consul, Why does the Embassy always ask applicants to come in early every year before the summer? Is there some special consideration given if I come in at this time? Sincerely, Visa applicant Dear Visa applicant, Thank you for your question.  When applying for a business/tourist (B1/B2) visa, sooner is always the better in ...
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CDC Travel Notices: Zika in Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago informs U.S. citizens that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Trinidad and Tobago regarding the Zika virus . There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of ...
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Girl Be Heard in T&T for IWD

Members of the New York-based performance group Girl Be Heard (GBH) will visit Trinidad and Tobago March 4-11 to participate in activities celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). During the visit, GBH will engage in outreach through workshops and meetings in collaboration with our partners, Ms. Brafit, Population Services International (PSI) Caribbean, and the Heroes Foundation.  The Embassy is also ...
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Youth Ambassadors 2016

Applications are invited for the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program.  Eight students between the ages 15-18 years will be selected to participate in the three week exchange program from August 8-29, 2016 in the U.S.  It is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the U.S. Embassy Trinidad.  This year World Learning will ...
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Carnival Security Message

As we enter a long Carnival weekend the Embassy would like to remind all American Citizens to maintain a high level of awareness at all times, BUT especially if you are participating in events involving large crowds. Individuals should avoid proceeding beyond the following boundaries especially when not in groups: East of Charlotte Street between ...
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Reaching At-Risk Youth through Steel Pans

During Carnival season, Public Affairs organized several cultural programs related to the steel pan in support of ICS goal “outreach to at-risk youths.” Americans Dr. Anthony Hailey, professor of music at Tidewater Community College and director of Mosaic Steel Orchestra, coached the Sangre Grande based Cordettes steel orchestra, lending life skills through pan. Students from ...
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Spoken Word Empowerment

African American spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones delivered powerful messages of empowerment and social inclusion to thousands of secondary school students during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, as part of Speak Out 2015. Jones, who headlined two daily performances over the course of six weeks, impressed local audiences with his skillful blending of ...
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Spoken Word Empowerment

African American spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones delivered powerful messages of empowerment and social inclusion to thousands of secondary school students during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, as part of Speak Out 2015.  Jones, who headlined two daily performances over the course of six weeks, impressed local audiences with his skillful blending of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Carnival Safety Tips

This is the first of two Security Notices and/or Event Advisories from U.S. Embassy Port of Spain regarding Carnival 2016.  Carnival will be celebrated on Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9.  The U.S. Embassy wishes all American citizens an enjoyable 2016 Carnival season and offers the following safety tips: BASIC TIPS: When attending parties ...
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Ask the U.S. Consul January 2016

Question What are the requirements when applying for visas for children?  I’m applying for a tourist visa for my ten year old son for the first time.  His father and I are divorced but I already have my visa. Sincerely, Parent Answer Dear Parent, Only biological parent(s) or legal guardians can apply on behalf of their ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Precautions

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain The incidence of burglaries, thefts, and robberies increases during the holiday season. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all U.S. citizens of the need to exercise caution, and to practice heightened personal security during the holidays. Below are some tips to help you reduce your vulnerability to ...
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Former Navy Seal Promotes Green Schools

Tim Cole, vice president of the U.S. Green Schools National Network, delivered the keynote address at the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries (TTCSI) “I AM” Competition in St. Augustine November 5, during which 36 local secondary schools submitted proposals to make their schools more energy efficient and enviromentally sustainable. During his talk, Cole ...
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U.S. Dancer Encourages At-Risk Youth to Follow Their Dreams

Contemporary dancer Trent Williams Jr. emplowered at-risk youth during two weeks of workshops in Trinidad by teaching discipline through dance.  Williams, a professor of dance at the University of Florida, conducted workshops as far away as the south-eastern community of Guyaguayare.  U.S. embassy programs like the one that brought Mr. Williams encourage economically disadvantaged youth ...
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CONNECTT Launch

September 6, 2015: The Embassy supported the first annual CONNECTT, a Global Youth Music Alliance linking the musical youth of the Caribbean region with like-minded international musicians in Trinidad with free concerts aimed at inspiring at-risk youth to expand their horizons and hone their musical talent. Musicians participating include the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, ...
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Interpretive Guide Training

September 4, 2015: Thirty naturalist guides whose responsibility it is to share information and connect visitors to important natural and historical resources at parks, nature centers and historical sites around Trinidad and Tobago are now certified in interpretive guide training, thanks to a grant from the Embassy. Americans Fran McReynolds and Karin Hostetter from the ...
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 28, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my sincerest congratulations to the people of Trinidad and Tobago as you celebrate 53 years of independence this August 31. As the United States marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans ...
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Spoken word artists connects with at-risk youths

August 17, 2015: The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain supported the visit of three American Spoken Word artists to participate in the Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International Festival of Spoken Word 2015, August 10-15. The program coincided with International Youth Day and focused on outreach to at-risk youth. The American artists, Malcolm London and Marshall Davis Jones, ...
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Statement on Elections

Port of Spain August 16, 2015:  The U.S. government, and the Embassies that represent it abroad, do not endorse candidates or parties in foreign elections.  U.S. citizens are free to express their opinions in any forum, whether in the U.S. or abroad.  Opinions expressed by U.S. citizens who are former office-holders, either on the Federal ...
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International Conference on Pan (ICP)

August 10, 2015: Trinidad and Tobago hosted the first International Conference on Pan (ICP) in Port of Spain from August 4-9, with approximately 500 international scholars, musicians, and pan entrepreneurs and aficionados in attendance. The Embassy supported ICP with a grant to help with travel costs of three American pan bands:  Mosaic Steel Orchestra of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Volcanic Activity May Affect Eastern Caribbean

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI-SRC), St. Augustine, Trinidad has notified authorities in the Eastern Caribbean that there has been heightened seismic activities at “Kick ‘Em Jenny,” which is an underwater volcano located in the Southern Grenadines. This activity is being closely monitored by ...
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U.S. Department of Energy Lab conducts energy training workshop at UWI

Port of Spain July 8, 2015:  With a very low cost of energy, Trinidad and Tobago hasn’t always had the same incentives as some countries to aggressively pursue energy efficiency or renewable sources, but momentum is building.  The government has indicated energy will be a part of the national carbon reduction strategy while numerous private ...
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Jack Warner case

Port of Spain June 29, 2015:  The U.S. Department of Justice has not yet sent any final requests on the Jack Warner extradition request to the Trinidad and Tobago authorities and is still within the 60 day window specified by the treaty for the final request to be delivered.
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U.S. Embassy Supports Food Safety and Agricultural Sustainability Program for CARICOM region

Port of Spain June 22, 2015:  A two-day workshop on Food Safety and Agricultural Sustainability Training (FAST) began today at the Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain.  The workshop is designed to deliver practical ways for the Trinidad and Tobago food complex to access the U.S. market by building knowledge regarding food, animal and plant ...
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INTERPOL Awards

Port of Spain June 18, 2015: Eight members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service/INTERPOL were presented with awards from the United States Marshal’s Service and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Embassy for their outstanding and continuing efforts in the location, apprehension, and extradition of fugitives attempting to evade justice ...
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Visit of Judge Helen Whitener

Port of Spain June 10, 2015: Judge Helen Whitener will visit Trinidad from June 14-17 as part of the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of June as National Caribbean-American Heritage and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride (LGBT) months. Judge Whitener was born in St. Augustine and migrated to the U.S.A. at age 16.  She now sits on the Pierce County Superior Court, (the highest trial court ...
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U.S. and Trinidad Forces Conduct Joint Combined Exchange Training

Port of Spain: Members of the U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSO) and Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) will participate in a month-long Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) in the Chaguaramas area, starting June 1. The purpose of this exercise is to share training, knowledge, and operational experience between the two countries’ armed forces. ...
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Disability Rights Pioneer to visit Trinidad

Port of Spain April 22, 2015:  John Wodatch, one of the drafters of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will visit Trinidad and Tobago from April 26 to May 1.  He will meet with leaders of the government, civil society, and the disability community to help advance legislative reforms to improve disability inclusion in Trinidad ...
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Thirty-Two sign language interpreters benefit from signing workshop

Port of Spain March 18, 2015:Sign language interpreters from Trinidad and Tobago have benefited from the expertise of three U.S.-based sign language trainers.  The local interpreters, 17 hearing persons and 15 deaf, including five from Tobago, were selected by the Deaf Empowerment and Advancement Foundation (DEAF), an NGO based in Williamsville, south Trinidad for the ...
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UWI/APHIS signs MOU

Port of Spain March 18, 2015:The U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last week signed an MOU with the University of the West Indies (UWI) for the continued provision of office space for APHIS International Services and plant quarantine training courses. In his remarks prior to ...
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Journalism Workshop

March 4, 2015:  Patrick Butler, vice president of programs at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), will visit Trinidad on March 9 to participate in an Elections Coverage Workshop hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association and the Association of Caribbean Media workers in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy. Butler’s visit is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Carnival Safety Tips

Dear U.S. citizen, The United States Embassy in Port of Spain reminds U.S. citizens that Carnival will be celebrated on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The United States Embassy wishes all U.S citizens an enjoyable 2015 Carnival season and offers the following safety tips and vehicle/road closure information: Individuals should avoid proceeding beyond ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Applications invited for 2015 NYSC

2015 NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP, WEST VIRGINIA, USA: SIXTH FORM SCIENCE STUDENTS SOUGHT  Port of Spain January 5, 2015:  The U.S. Embassy and National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) are pleased to announce they are accepting applications from sixth-form students of science from the POS and Caroni educational districts for a full ...
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From Intelligent Investigations to Successful Prosecutions Training

Port of Spain December 31, 2014:  Continuing the legacy of state prosecutor and attorney, the late Dana Saroop Seetahal SC, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section recently collaborated with High Court Judge Justice Gillian Lucky and a team of leading attorneys and professionals to train members of the Trinidad and ...
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Dragon Boat Racing Clinic for North East coaches and students

December 9, 2014: Master dragon boat trainer, Connie Flesuras, is currently in Trinidad and Tobago engaging in an intense but exciting dragon boat coaching and paddling clinic with dozens of students and coaches from the Northeastern part of Trinidad. Flesuras’ visit was facilitated through a grant from the U.S. Embassy to the North Eastern Dragon ...
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U.S. Expert on Disabilities Visits Trinidad

December 8, 2014:  A world-renowned human rights lawyer and expert on disability rights recently undertook an official visit to Trinidad in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  In a program sponsored by the National Center for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and the U.S. Embassy, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development ...
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2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration

September 29, 2014:  The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV-2016).  Often called the “Green Card Lottery,” DV-2016 is the only official lottery program for immigrant visas to the United States.  Registration begins at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and ends at noon EDT ...
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Police, Immigration and Customs Officials Receive U.S. Anti-Terrorism Training

Port of Spain September 4, 2014: Local Police, Immigration and Customs Officers are now better equipped to detect fraudulent travel documents, having received training and equipment through the U.S. Government’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program. Fifty participants were taught skills in detecting and analyzing travel documents through the use of lighting and magnification.  They are now ...
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UWI students win NASA scholarships

Port of Spain August 27, 2014:Two Trinidadian students from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus won prestigious scholarships to participate in a four month internship program at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California beginning September 2.   Jason Renwick, 19 from Santa Cruz and Stefan Hosein, 21 from Chaguanas, ...
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U.S. Navy Secretary Visits Trinidad

Port of Spain August 22, 2014:Ray Mabus, Secretary of the United States Navy, visited Trinidad and Tobago on August 22 to meet with government officials about military, maritime and security issues.  Mabus, who came to Trinidad as part of a regional trip, met with His Excellency President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona at President’s House.  Mabus ...
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America visits the Americas

Port of Spain July 28, 2014: On Friday July, 25, 2014 Senator the Honourable Embau Moheni, Major General Kenrick Maharaj, and other national security experts joined Chargé d’Affaires Margaret Diop in touring the USS America (LHA 6), the United States’ newest amphibious ship.  The USS America is the first ship of its class with a ...
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U.S. to provide T&T with US$1.8 million for Security Assistance Programs

Port of Spain June 27, 2014: The United States has signed an agreement to provide Trinidad and Tobago with US$1.8 million for security assistance programs. The signing ceremony took place on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Margaret B. Diop ...
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United States Embassy announces Delegates to 2014 National Youth Science Camp

Port of Spain June 26, 2014: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the selection of two outstanding students from Trinidad and Tobago –Alyssa Mike and Lisa Thomas – as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, USA.  Selections were made in coordination with the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science ...
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Trinidad and Tobago to join Tradewinds 2014 (May 29, 2014)

May 29, 2014: Representatives from 18 partner nations including, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America, will gather in Antigua for the first phase of the Tradewinds 2014 multinational exercise, from June 1 until June 10. Tradewinds 2014 focuses on increasing regional cooperation to counter illicit trafficking and building participating nations’ capacity to ...
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“Blind Advantage” author Bill Henderson and Arts Educator Deborah Sunya Moore to speak at CODO Conference

Port of Spain May 6, 2014: Former educator and author of “The Blind Advantage” Bill Henderson will visit Trinidad and Tobago to deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Arts and Disabilities Conference hosted by the Consortium of Disability Organizations (CODO) in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).  The conference is scheduled ...
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Assistant Secretary William Brownfield Visit to Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain May 1, 2014: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield visited Trinidad and Tobago April 28-29, 2014. During his visit, Ambassador Brownfield delivered remarks on “Enhancing Security in the Caribbean Region,” at the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) Annual Meeting at ...
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Assistant Secretary of State William R. Brownfield Travel to Trinidad and Tobago

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2014 Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will visit Trinidad and Tobago April 28-April 30. The Assistant Secretary will deliver remarks on the topic of “Enhancing Security in the Caribbean” at the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of ...
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U.S. Speaker to Participate in Network of NGOs Women in Enterprise Conference

March 5, 2014: Writer, speaker, and change agent Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever will visit Trinidad and Tobago to deliver the keynote address at a conference hosted by the Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women, in observance of International Women’s Day (IWD), 2014. Dr. Jones-DeWeever’s visit is sponsored by the U.S. ...
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Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) returns to Trinidad and Tobago (Feb 3, 2014)

Port of Spain February 3, 2014: The first Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise carded for 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago between the U.S. Southern Command and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) began on January 5, 2014. The second and more active phase of the training exercise will begin on February 4, 2014. ...
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Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002. Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other ...
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