Category - Caribbean Diaspora

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The Immigrant’s Challenge: One Love–One Family

The Immigrant’s Challenge: One Love–One Family Ambassador Curtis A. Ward  [Keynote Speech at Rochester Jamaican Organization celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence, 20th July 2018] ( 24 July 2018) — Your celebration falls almost mid-way between the 242nd anniversary since American patriots issued the Declaration of Independence and the 56th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from England, August 6, 1962. You have found a way to kill two birds with one...

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Crime, Justice and Security in Jamaica and the Caribbean (CaribNation TV)

CaribNation TV: Host  – Ambassador Curtis A. Ward Guests:  Sha-Shana Crichton, Professor of Law and Wilfred Rattigan, Former FBI Agent Crime, Justice and Security in Jamaica and the Caribbean (Video) In an incisive discussion of “Crime, Justice and Security,” my guests – Law Professor Sha-Shana Crichton and former FBI Agent Wilfred Rattigan, Esq. – and I explored a number of issues which contribute to crime, deficiencies in the criminal justice system, and...

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State Department Budget Cuts Deeply into Caribbean Programs

State Department Budget Cuts Deeply into Caribbean Programs Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (08 November 2017) — Over the past few months I have been raising alarm concerning the possible impact president Donald Trump’s budget cuts on the U.S. State Department were expected to have on USAID assistance programs and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).  Now that the FY 2018 Budget is advancing in the U.S. Congress, Caribbean diplomatic efforts and Caribbean Diaspora political action...

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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Urges Caribbean Community to Have a Voice in Washington

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Urges Caribbean Community to Have a Voice in Washington Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (18 Oct. 2017) — In a wide ranging Keynote Address to the Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC) 12th Annual Patrons Luncheon in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 14, 2017, addressing issues from the response to the devastation left by hurricanes in the Caribbean to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist policies, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke...

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The State of National Security in Jamaica with Sen. Pearnel Charles, Jr

The State of National Security in Jamaica with Sen. Pearnel Charles, Jr CaribNation Inteview – Hosted by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (15 Sept. 2017) — I had the opportunity to sit down with the Hon. Senator Pearnel Charles, Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica to explore the state of national security in Jamaica, in particular his areas of responsibilities.  Sen. Charles has some very interesting ideas in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration of...

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Disaster management in the Caribbean

Disaster management in the Caribbean CaribNation TV with Host Derrice Dean (10 Sept. 2017) — “Disaster management in the Caribbean” is an inciteful discussion of the mechanisms and resources in place for disaster management in the Caribbean region.  Two experts provide important information on how Caribbean islands individually and collectively are prepared and respond to disasters. They also provide inciteful information on ways to mitigate the effect of disasters on...

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Rescinding DACA is Immoral: We are all in this together!

Rescinding DACA is Immoral: We are all in this together! Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (08 Sept. 2017) — When President Donald Trump turned back the clock by rescinding DACA it was perhaps the most immoral act of his presidency to date. If it wasn’t for a fact the majority of Americans are in favor of DACA, America, a country that prides itself in leading the world in setting moral standards, would be at the back of the line. In saying this, I acknowledge there are many countries around...

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The RAISE Act – An Insidious Attack on Family Values and Unity

The RAISE Act – An Insidious Attack on Family Values and Unity Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (20 Aug. 2017) — President Donald Trump’s embrace of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act) is not a Hallelujah moment for immigrant family unity and growth of family values. Quite the contrary. Don’t’ be tricked by a title. The RAISE Act is a blatantly insidious attack on immigrants. While any anti-immigrant policy coming from the Trump administration...

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Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (21 July 2017) — As pointed out by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in his opening remarks at the Committee’s hearing on implementation of the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 – Public Law No: 114-291 (the Act) on July 19, 2017, having received the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean (the Strategy) report submitted...