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 National Security and the United Nations. The Project is providing support to ten countries in the region to strengthen data collection systems and the capacities of criminal justice agencies.
“The United States government is committed to this region and to this country; once again I am standing before you with a tangible project the U.S. government, through USAID, is bringing to Trinidad and Tobago,” stated U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires John McIntyre.
“The foundation (to address youth crime and violence) must start from home with different interventions in the home, school, community, and church,” added Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon. “The Trinidad and Tobago government stands clearly side by side with the U.S., not only in collaboration and cooperation on issues of youths and violence but security of the region and the entire hemisphere.”
Launch participants were introduced to the Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit, which is just one of the project tools intended to assist countries in applying standardized indicators for analyzing crime and violence across the Caribbean. In the December 12-13 workshop, practitioners will develop a road map for CariSECURE project activities in Trinidad and Tobago.
CariSECURE is a component of USAID’s Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project, which is being implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).