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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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