Category - Jamaica Crime & Justice

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We are not at war, but we are not safe

We are not at war, but we are not safe Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (10 March 2022) –– Speaking as a Jamaican, we are not at war with any country, and we don’t expect to be. We are at war with ourselves. This reality is lived my many Jamaicans in their daily experiences. The high levels of crime, particularly homicide, and the wanton use of guns, put every Jamaican at risk. Some, because of the neighborhoods they live in are most vulnerable and are at greatest risk. They do not have...

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Challenges to Jamaican and Caribbean Security

  Challenges to Jamaican and Caribbean Security Ambassador Curtis A. Ward Lecture at the University of the West Indies (MSBM), Kingston, Jamaica (15 March 2019) Thank you for asking me to share my perspectives on Challenges to Jamaican and Caribbean Security. I will try to narrow the scope of my presentation as best I can to fit into the limited time given to me. I decided I would use my lecture to challenge Jamaican and Caribbean policymakers and decision makers, leaders of the security...

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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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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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NAJASO – Addressing Jamaican Issues Head-on

NAJASO – Addressing Jamaican Issues Head-on Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (17 July 2017) — Only one week away from a broader government-sponsored Jamaican Diaspora Conference to be held in Kingston, July 23-26, 2017, the issues discussed at the NAJASO 40th Convention held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, set the stage for broader diaspora discussions and problem solving.  The level of discussions set a very high bar for the diaspora. The discussions at the NAJASO Conference set an extraordinarily...

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Trafficking in Persons 2017 Report Shows Progress in the Caribbean

Trafficking in Persons 2017 Report Shows Progress in the Caribbean Ambassador Curtis Ward (27 June 2017 ) — The U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report 2017, issued today, shows progress in some Caribbean countries but leaves some unhappy with their Tier rankings.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement to the TIP Report stressed that it “highlights the successes achieved and the remaining challenges before us on this important global...

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Human Trafficking Challenges Caribbean Capacities

Human Trafficking Challenges Caribbean Capacities  Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (23 June 2017) — On June 27, the U.S. Department of State will issue its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. According to the Department of State, “The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and...