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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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