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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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