The United States And CARICOM Advance Youth Crime And Violence Prevention Efforts In The Caribbean

PR – From January 10-12, 2024, the United States Government, through the United  States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in collaboration with  the Government of Grenada and the CARICOM Secretariat, will host a Technical  Working Group (TWG) meeting in Saint George, Grenada to share best practices on addressing youth crime and violence in the Caribbean.  

The theme of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) technical working  group conference, “Adaptive Management in Citizen Security,” underscores the  importance of staying nimble and adapting to new information in a changing  context.  

During her remarks at today’s opening ceremony, U.S. Embassy Grenada  Principal Officer Frances Herrera stressed the importance of collaboration, stating  that, “Consequently, our partnerships with CARICOM and national governments  are indispensable. By working hand in hand, we can influence policy frameworks  that prioritize crime prevention and youth development.” Further, USAID  Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Representative Mervyn Farroe  emphasized that the U.S. government has for many years partnered with regional  governments to prevent youth crime and violence by providing youth with positive  opportunities and building more effective, transparent justice systems.  

Since 2010, the United States has worked with Caribbean governments through  CBSI (the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative) to reduce illicit trafficking,  increase citizen security, and address the root causes of crime and violence in the  Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda,  Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the  Grenadines, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. CBSI advances  common security objectives in the Caribbean, focusing on transnational criminal  organizations involved in drug-related crimes, systemic violence, corruption, weak  judicial systems, and at-risk youth. To date, the United States has committed  nearly $905 million in equipment, training, and technical assistance to the  Caribbean region through CBSI.