U.S. Gov’t invests US$20 million in Jamaica’s Maritime Security

As part of the U.S. Government’s US$20 million dollar investment in Jamaica’s maritime security, U.S. Embassy Kingston’s Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant officially handed over a Boston Whaler and SAFE Boat to Jamaica’s Chief of Defense Staff Lt. General Rocky Meade.  The boats are the final two of 10 vessels donated to the JDF Coast Guard ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (May 3, 2019) Location:  Parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that, effective April 30, the Government of Jamaica has declared a State of Public Emergency covering the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James, based on escalating criminal activity ...
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Jamaica’s Chief of Defense Staff inducted in International Hall of Fame

The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) inducted three military leaders into its International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on April 4, 2019. Officers honored were Lieutenant General Rocky R. Meade, Chief of the Defense Staff, Jamaica Defense Force, General Bari del Valle Sosa, Chief of ...
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2019 Trade shows

INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM The U.S. Department of Commerce partners with a number of tradeshow organizers in the United States to organize official delegations under our International Buyer Program (IBP). Targeted at businesses and distributors around the world who are seeking to connect with U.S. suppliers, the program has delivered thousands of winning partnerships with mutual ...
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Closure of Cayman Island Consular Agency

The U.S. Consular Agency in George Town, Grand Cayman will be closed to the public from 15-22 April, 2019.  The Agency will reopen on Tuesday, April 23.  For emergency assistance, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica +1-876-702-6000 KingstonACS@state.gov https://jm.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay +1-876-953-0620 MobayACS@state.gov U.S. Consular Agency Cayman ...
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United States and Jamaica Become Partners Under the Hague Abduction Convention

Press Releases Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 1, 2019 On April 1, 2019, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force between the United States and Jamaica. The United States now has 79 partners under the Convention. The Convention provides a civil law mechanism ...
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U.S. and Jamaica Hold Inaugural Energy Working Group Meeting

On Wednesday, February 27, representatives of the U.S. and Jamaican governments convened the first Working Group session under the U.S.-Jamaica Energy Investment Framework.  The U.S.-Jamaica Energy Investment Framework was signed by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on November 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  The cooperative effort is ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston launches New Robeson American Center

The Embassy of the United States launched the Robeson American Center (RAC) today, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Formerly known as the Paul Robeson Information Resource Center, this new and innovative space will engage diverse Jamaican audiences from across the island.  It will facilitate educational and lively cultural exchange programs, highlighting American culture and promoting mutual ...
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United States, Jamaica Launch Child Protection Compact Partnership Activities

Kingston, Jamaica, Government officials from the United States and Jamaica met this week in Kingston to launch activities in support of the U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.  This Partnership, signed in May 2018 by Jamaican Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Eric Khant, is ...
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Black History Month Dub Poetry Video Contest

Martin Luther King Jr shared his dream of a world where all people lived in peace and harmony. In many of his speeches, he celebrated the end of the first phase of the civil rights movement, securing the political and legal rights of African Americans. To highlight this accomplishment, U.S. Embassy Kingston is pleased to announce an ...
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Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC January 28, 2019 Today, the United States has taken necessary actions to prevent the illegitimate former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources. The United States has determined that persons operating in Venezuela’s oil sector may now be subject to sanctions pursuant ...
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Closure of Cayman Island Consular Agency

Location:  U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands Event:  The U.S. Consular Agency in George Town, Grand Cayman will be closed to the public on Monday – Wednesday, December 24 – 26.  For emergency assistance, please see the contact information below. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica +1-876-702-6000 KingstonACS@state.gov https://jm.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay +1-876-953-0620 MobayACS@state.gov U.S. Consular Agency Cayman ...
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Closure of Embassy and Consular Agency

Location:  U.S. Embassy Kingston and Consular Agency Montego Bay Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston and the Consular Agency in Montego Bay will be closed to the public on Monday – Wednesday, December 24 – 26.  For emergency assistance, please see the contact information below. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica +1-876-702-6000 KingstonACS@state.gov https://jm.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay ...
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U.S. Embassy Holiday Closure Notice

President Trump issued a proclamation on Monday, December 24, declaring the day a Federal Holiday.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2018, in observance of Jamaica’s Christmas Day and Boxing Day respectively. All parts of the U.S. Mission, including the Consular Section, Paul Robeson Information Resource ...
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U.S. Embassy Jamaica Supports Small Business Trade Mission from Puerto Rico

Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company (Compañía de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico – CCE) Ricardo Llerandi led a trade mission to Jamaica from November 27 to 29, 2018. The Mission, facilitated by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Education, was executed in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Kingston and the ...
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Closure of Embassy and Consular Agency

Location:  U.S. Embassy Kingston and Consular Agency Montego Bay Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston and the Consular Agency in Montego Bay will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 5 in observance of a National Day of Mourning for Former President George H.W. Bush.  For emergency assistance, please see the contact information below. Assistance: U.S. Embassy ...
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Closure of Cayman Islands Consular Agency

Location:  U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands Event:  The U.S. Consular Agency in George Town, Grand Cayman will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 5 in observance of a National Day of Mourning for Former President George H.W. Bush.  For emergency assistance, please see the contact information below. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica +1-876-702-6000 KingstonACS@state.gov https://jm.usembassy.gov/ U.S. Consular Agency ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Commemorates World AIDS Day 2018

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and commemorate World AIDS Day, the Embassy of the United States of America in partnership with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), hosted a reception on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Over 100 guests shared in the evening’s proceedings, which served ...
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U.S. and Jamaica Sign Energy Cooperation

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (11/28/18) signed an Energy Framework to foster cooperation on energy and infrastructure investment in Jamaica. Secretary Mnuchin and Prime Minister Holness signed the Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Investment and Energy Cooperation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Framework is part of a U.S. initiative called America Crece, or the Americas Grow. “This initiative marks a major advancement ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018   Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence ...
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U.S. Marines Celebrate 243rd Anniversary with Birthday Ball in Kingston

The United States Marines Corps Detachment at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston celebrated the  243rd Anniversary of the Marine Corps, through the Annual Birthday Ball on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Over 200 guests shared in the formal evening event, held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.   Speaking as Guest of Honor, the ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston’s College Fair attracts over 2,000 Students

Over 2,000 Jamaican high-school students participated in the U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA College Fair, held October 22 -23, 2018 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.  The Fair gave individuals the unique opportunity to engage with US College representatives from approximately 40 American institutions of higher learning.   Speaking at the official opening of the Fair, the Embassy’s ...
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US-JA Partners on Countering Violent Extremist Organizations at Press Avail

U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel, Pablo Alejandro Raggio addressing journalists at press avail on the recently concluded 2018 Countering Violent Extremist Organizations Conference Jamaica’s Chief of Defense Staff Major General Rocky Meade addressing journalists at press avail on the recently concluded 2018 Countering Violent Extremist Organizations Conference U.S. Embassy Kingston, hosted journalists at a ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (September 24, 2018)

Location: Central Downtown Kingston (Market & Business Districts), including: Denham Town (Zone of Special Operation), Greenwich Town, Hannah Town, Jones Town, Tivoli Gardens, Trench Town (Rose Town & Arnett Gardens), and Whitfield Town. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that, effective September 23, the Government of Jamaica has declared a State of ...
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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Our culinary diplomacy selfie competition continues and we want to see your best sweet potato pie! Anyone acquainted with American Southern/Soul food clearly understands that sweet potato pie plays a vital role in the heart of its kitchen. It is often served during the American holiday season, especially at Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sweet potato is also ...
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Eight Young Jamaican Entrepreneurs Participate in YLAI 2018

The YLAI Fellowship Professional Program will bring 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States in September 2018 to collaborate with counterparts in businesses and organizations in 20 cities across the United States. Through this exchange, Fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ventures and build leadership skills to effectively ...
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Consular Notice

In light of threatening weather conditions from Tropical Storm Isaac,  U.S. Embassy Kingston is postponing all consular appointments for Monday, September 17.  Nonimmigrant visa appointments will be rescheduled for September 19-21, and immigrant visa appointments for September 19.  If these dates are not convenient for you, please follow the procedures on our appointment scheduling website ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Kingston

Location: Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Event: As of September 11, Tropical Storm Isaac is on a westward path towards the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Isaac will reach the Lesser Antilles at near-hurricane strength on the night of September 12 and into the early morning hours of September 13. It should then ...
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Jamaican Museum Receives Prestigious U.S. Grant Award

The Indian, African and Caribbean (INAFCA) Museum at the Mico University College is Jamaica’s 2018 recipient of the (U.S.) Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The INAFCA Museum with its project entitled – “Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Collections at the Indian, African, and Caribbean (INAFCA) Museum” received a grant award of USD$100,000.00, to assist ...
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Culinary Tour – Hush puppy recipe

When you’re in Jamaica and hear the word festival, you can’t help but think seaside and seafood. However, if you’re from the United States, the word hushpuppy might bring about the same feelings.  This small savory, deep-fried ball made from cornmeal-based batter originates from America’s South. Much like a festival, hushpuppies are frequently served as a side dish with seafood ...
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U.S. Embassy, Kingston Hosts Misty Copeland

Continuing its support of the performing Arts in Jamaica, the Embassy of the United States of America has partnered with the Edna Manley College and Plié for the Arts, to host Misty Copeland; the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Copeland will be among a 25-member dance delegation, to ...
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Jamericanbikl Culinary Tour

To celebrate the longstanding mutually beneficial relationship between the United States of America and Jamaica, U.S. Embassy Kingston will launch its Culinary Diplomacy Selfie Competition #Jamericanbikl. This is an opportunity to showcase American and Jamaican cuisine, highlighting our similarities and linkages through the culinary arts. Every two weeks, we will post a photo or video ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston hosts Fulbright Pre-Departure Briefing

Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant and Counselor for Public Affairs Jeremiah Knight met with 2018 Fulbright Awardees during a pre-departure orientation session held at the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, July 25. The awardees will start their study in the United States this August and have been given the opportunity to embark upon research projects in their required ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston celebrates Friendship with Jamaica

Let’s celebrate our friendship with Jamaica! That was the theme which resonated throughout the evening of June 27th, when US Embassy Kingston commemorated the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States. Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant and his wife Halima Khant hosted over 400 guests at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for a festive ...
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Federal Voting Assistance Program Supports Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens Voters Week June 25-July 5, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – To help Americans vote – wherever they are – the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is sponsoring Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens Voters Week from June 25 to July 5 with support from the Military Services and Department of State. During the week, U.S. military installations, embassies, consulates, and overseas ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

“This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging and training law enforcement, religious leaders, teachers, tribal ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Overseas Citizens Voters Week: June 27-July 5, 2018

In celebration of Overseas Citizens Voters Week, the U.S. Embassy will host a voter information and registration open house on June 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  If you are a U.S. citizen living in Jamaica and are over the age of 18 (by November 6th this year), please join us for this event! ...
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U.S-Jamaica Sign Child Protection Compact Partnership

The Governments of the United States and Jamaica finalized a new partnership to combat child trafficking.  The U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed on Thursday, May 30 by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Marcia Gilbert-Roberts is a jointly-developed, four-year plan to enhance ...
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National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2018 – President Proclamation

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor America’s long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our Nation. Caribbean Americans embody the American spirit, with their talents and hard work contributing greatly to America’s economy.  They protect ...
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Hurricane Season Alert – U.S. Embassy Kingston

Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions ...
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2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

The  2017 International Religious Freedom Report  has been released along with report specific for Jamaica.  This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the world. Religious freedom is in the American bloodstream. It’s what brought the pilgrims here from England. Our founders understood it as our first freedom. That is ...
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Peace Corps Jamaica Welcomes New Volunteers

Peace Corps Jamaica recently confirmed a diverse group of 29 Volunteers at their Swearing-in Ceremony held in Kingston. The Volunteers will serve for two years in the fields of Education and Environment. The volunteers are American citizens, who come from various parts of the United States and reflect America’s great diversity. The Volunteers successfully completed ...
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New All-Cargo Rights Added to U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant and Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement of 2008 to include seventh-freedom rights for all-cargo operations, effective as of the date of signing. Seventh-freedom rights permit flights between a second and third country ...
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Acting PDAS Ambassador Kenneth Merten Visits Bahamas

U.S. Department of State Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acting PDAS) for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ken Merten traveled to the Bahamas this week to represent the United States on the margins of the high-level CARICOM Foreign Ministers’ meeting (May 6-8) including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson-Smith.  During the meeting Acting PDAS ...
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US Embassies Kingston and Trinidad Tobago Promote Investigative Journalism in the Caribbean

Some of the top editors and media practitioners from the Caribbean and the United States are in Kingston, Jamaica for the largest training program on investigative journalism in the region. The five-day workshop is being hosted by the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC), a Kingston-based organisation dedicated to the development of professional journalists in ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Jamaica’s Fisheries

The U.S. Embassy has partnered with the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Port Royal Marine Lab (PRML) on a one-year sustainable fisheries education project.  Thousands of Jamaicans depend on fishing for their livelihood, but practices such as overfishing and misuse of equipment can negatively affect fish stocks.  The project, funded through a grant from ...
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Statement on 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. ...
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U. S. Embassy Kingston Empowers Women

U.S. Embassy Kingston celebrated Women’s’ History Month 2018 through two unique activities which served to promote women and girls’ empowerment! Under the International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme #PressforProgress, the Embassy hosted an exciting Grant Competition and screened the world renowned documentary, Girl Rising . Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Maura Barry-Boyle played a major role in ...
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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program applications are now open

The U.S. Embassy invites suitably qualified persons to compete for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This distinguished program brings accomplished mid-level professionals in leadership positions to the United States for a year of combined academic (non-degree) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Execution Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee ...
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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (March 19, 2018)

Location:  Portions of St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that, effective March18, the Government of Jamaica has declared a State of Public Emergency covering portions of St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica, based on escalating criminal activity and threats to public safety and the rule of law.  The State of Public ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts IVLP 2018 Briefing Session

U.S Embassy Kingston heartily congratulates Jamaica’s participants who are among this year’s sleight of awardees in the International Visitors’ Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP emphasizes the exchange of ideas and its main objective is to foster mutual understanding/ lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world. Five of the ten selected ...
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Request for Proposals – Women’s History Month 2018 Grants Program

U.S. Embassy, Kingston is seeking proposals for its Women’s History Month 2018 Grants Program. Three grants of up to US$20,000.00 will be awarded to promote the empowerment of women and girls in Jamaica. We invite eligible Individuals*, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to submit project abstracts for causes that affect girls or ...
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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2018 Applications Now Open

Calling all Jamaican entrepreneurs! Applications for the 2018 YLAI Professional Fellowship Program now open! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative empowers entrepreneurs to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. The program  builds prosperity by connecting youth to entrepreneurship. The program ...
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STATEMENT: Secretary Tillerson and Prime Minister Andrew Holness at joint Press Avail

February 7, 2018, Kingston, Jamaica Secretary’s Remarks: Joint Press Availability With Secretary Tillerson and Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Kingston, Jamaica MODERATOR: (In progress) as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Rex Tillerson.  You may be seated.  Thank you so much for joining us, everyone, on this working visit of the U.S. ...
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Sec. Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7. The Secretary will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, prosperous, ...
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U.S. Embassy and NATFATIP Trafficking in Persons Island Tour

In an effort to build awareness and ultimately contribute to the eradication of human trafficking in Jamaica, the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP), through the Ministry of Justice, funded a TIP awareness tour targeting communities across the island between January 16-19, 2018. The tour comprised five ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Jamaican Religious Leaders in Celebration of Religious Freedom Day

Kingston, Tuesday January 16th – U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant hosted an interfaith dialogue for approximately 10 prominent Jamaican religious leaders at the Chief of Mission’s Residence. During the dialogue the topic of religious pluralism, tolerance and religion’s role in addressing social issues were discussed. The participants included: Rev. Gary Harriott, General Secretary Jamaica ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (January 18, 2018)

Location: St. James Parish, Jamaica, which includes the city of Montego Bay Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that, effective January 18, the Government of Jamaica has declared a State of Emergency for St. James Parish, Jamaica, to counter criminal activity. The State of Emergency, declared under the 1966 Emergency Powers Act, ...
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Deadline Extended: 2018 MLK Photo Contest

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston is excited to announce 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. photo contest.  We invite Jamaican nationals only to submit a photo inspired by Dr. King’s famous 1956 speech – “Facing the Challenge of a new Age.” In the photo, contestants should highlight our interdependence as a people and demonstrate how communities are ...
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Trade Mission to the Caribbean Region

Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference May 6-11, 2018 Bahamas | Barbados | Dominican Republic | Haiti | Jamaica | Trinidad & Tobago The 2018 Trade Americas program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore six markets in the Caribbean Region! Hosted in Miami, FL, the U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Americas – Business ...
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President Trump on National Security Strategy for a New Era

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens – to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” –  The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the American people, U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Supports PAJ National Journalism Week 2017

In partnership with the Press Association of Jamaica, (PAJ), the U.S. Embassy, Kingston provided support for a three-day media exchange with American invited speaker, Dr. Janet Steele, associate professor of journalism at the George Washington University. Under the theme, Media Regulations in Jamaica and elsewhere, looking at the topic, “Who is Watching the Watchdog”. Dr. ...
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The U.S. Department of State announced today the partners for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. contingent to the summit, which will focus on the theme of “Women First, Prosperity ...
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US-JA Partners against Gender-Based Violence

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10. Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, this day – and the ensuing campaign – offers ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Jamaica’s Integrity Champions

USAID grantee National Integrity Action (NIA) and sub-grantee The Council for Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) hosted a Certification Ceremony for ‘Integrity Champions’, on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The event served to acknowledge over 400 Jamaicans who were trained on anti-corruption interventions and officially designate them ‘Integrity Champions’. The individuals who were selected from nine parishes across ...
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Immigrant Visas Process Improvement

We have made improvement to how we process immigrant visas.  In order to benefit from these improvements, you will need to follow these steps.  If you have not yet come in for your interview, please register PRIOR to your appointment at  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-jm/iv/ .  If you have already come in for your interview, we cannot continue processing your case ...
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USAID Launches Zika AIRS Project to Support Jamaica’s Mosquito Control Efforts

On October 17, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) in partnership with the Ministry of Health during an event with key stakeholders. ZAP, a regional project that has teams throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, has been launched as a component of USAID’s Zika response ...
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U.S. Embassy Jamaica supports Women in Crisis

On Wednesday October 11, 2017 Woman Inc officially opened the newly renovated Women’s Crisis Shelter.  This was made possible through USAID’s Community Empowerment and Transformation Phase II project (USAID COMET II).  The cost of the renovation was in excess of J$15M. The shelter will serve as a safe space for victims of rape, incest and ...
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U.S. Government bolsters Jamaica’s Border Security

The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) Coast Guard Headquarters in Port Royal was abuzz with activity on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, when the United States Government officially handed over two 38-foot SAFE boats and two 37-foot Boston Whalers to the island’s military. The support which was made possible through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is valued ...
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Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit

More than 140 participants from fourteen countries gathered in St Ann, Jamaica for the fifth staging of the Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit (CYLS). Dubbed as the premier transformational youth leadership development event within the Caribbean region, participants met September 30-October 3, 2017, and shared on various developmental issues, under the theme “Re-routing our GPS: Governance, ...
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US-JA Partnership Strong!

Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant and his wife Halima Khant hosted members of government, civil society and the business community at the Chief of Mission Residence, for a ‘Thank You’ reception on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Over 100 guests were invited to the event, as a show of appreciation for their partnership over the year. During ...
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EducationUSA College Fair 2018

Earn Your College Degree in the USA! College Application season is finally here and U.S. Embassy Kingston is proud to announce its 2018 EducationUSA College Fair. This event will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on October 22 and 23, 2018. We invite high school seniors and individuals interested in studying in the United ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts 2017 YLAI

The U.S. Embassy proudly announced the 2017 Jamaica cohort for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) on September 22.  The event was hosted by the Embassy’s Charge` d’Affaires Eric Khant at the Chief of Mission residence in St Andrew. Eight Jamaican young entrepreneurs will travel to the United States during October to participate ...
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Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean

Press Statement by Heather Nauert Department of State September 20, 2017   A Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.  The United States stands ready to work with you ...
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US Mission to Jamaica Supports Caribbean Islands Affected by Hurricane Irma

On September 12th, eight specially equipped cargo and utility helicopters transporting over 75 personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps assigned to U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) were deployed in two waves to Montego Bay and Kingston, while en route to Puerto Rico where they will stage with other U.S. forces to form a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma

U.S. Embassy Kingston alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Category 5 Hurricane Irma affecting the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.  Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect for Jamaica or the Cayman Islands, the National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma will remain a powerful storm throughout the week. We advise U.S. citizens to monitor local and ...
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U.S. Government donates $12 million in Medical Supplies to Cornwall Regional Hospital

On Friday, August 25, 2017 the United States Government officially presented J$12 million in medical supplies to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The ceremony was held at the Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing. Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant formally delivered the items to Minister of Health, Dr. the Honorable Christopher Tufton, who was accompanied by Chief Executive ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

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 their ...
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U.S. and India to co-host Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, November 28-30

The United States and India will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India.  Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the Summit, which will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of ...
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Strengthening relationships through strategic security partnerships

Jamaica welcomed 15 United States military generals and admirals from the Department of Defense Western Hemisphere Capstone Program for a two-day security exchange, August 2-3, 2017. On this visit, the generals and flag officers also referred to as CAPSTONE Fellows, were introduced to key U.S. and host nation civilian and military officials such as U.S. ...
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Caribbean Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum

The first staging of the Caribbean Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum was launched on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Kingston, Jamaica. The two-day forum is jointly hosted  by the Jamaica Defense Force and the United States Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM). Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sergeant Major Thomas Eggerling, US Marine Corps, (SOUTHCOM), commended the organizers ...
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Strengthening U.S. – Jamaica Partnerships

Traveling onboard a U.S. Air Force C-130, a contingent of the United States District of Columbia Army National Guard arrived in Jamaica on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Forty-five specialist doctors and nurses, led by Colonel Bolivia Davis and Colonel Gregg A. Vigeant, will commence a two-week medical outreach in Annotto Bay, St Mary. The group will ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston hosts Pre-Departure Orientation for Jamaican students

On Friday, July 21, 2017, EducationUSA Jamaica hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, for approximately twenty prospective undergraduate and graduate students, who will commence studies at higher education institutions in the U.S. this Fall. These students will attend several prestigious American schools including Caldwell University, New York Film Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ...
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A power solution for all Jamaicans

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, US Embassy Jamaica representatives joined members from Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), University of Technology, and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology to celebrate the 207th readyboard installed in the Majesty Garden community. USAID/Jamaica, in partnership with JPS and JSIF, launched the Readyboard Electrification Demonstration (RED) ...
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2016 Country Reports on Terrorism

Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation; and contains information on state sponsors ...
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Partners for Improved Safety and Security in Schools

On July 3, 2017 the United States Agency for International Development in Jamaica (USAID/Jamaica) and Jamaica’s Ministry of Education Youth and Information (MOYEI) signed an Implementation Letter through a Government to Government (G2G) assistance for a Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools. The activity is a two-year effort, with estimated CBSI funding of ...
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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

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 reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, ...
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U.S. Embassy donates equipment in support of anti-corruption fight

On June 19, 2017, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) hosted the official handover ceremony of fifty computers and related equipment, donated by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section, of the United States Embassy, Kingston. Valued at approximately US$80,000, the items include computer desks and chairs, fireproof cabinets, scanners, projectors and printers. ...
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Broadcast Licensing & Enforcement Seminar

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Kingston are hosting a CARICOM-United States Public-Private Sector Stakeholder Seminar and Dialogue on Broadcast Licensing and Enforcement Seminar.  The two-day seminar, June 21-22, is exploring a gamut of topics including the legal framework for content and signal licensing, business considerations in the US and ...
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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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“Combating Crime in an Interconnected World”

On June 15-16, 2017, the governments of Jamaica, the United States, the U.K., Colombia, Canada, and the EU hosted a transnational security summit in Kingston.  Keynote speakers included Prime Minister The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, former New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and former Chief of the Colombian National Police General Rosso José Serrano. ...
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YLAI – Creating Unique Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, in collaboration with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, and Meridian International Center hosted the “Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Regional Workshop on Entrepreneurship”. The event served to examine unique challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the Caribbean, and encourage growth and collaboration outside of the region. Over ...
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Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2017 – Presidential Proclamation

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made ...
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Richard Griffiths Speaks On Media Education for Justice, Development and Social Change

On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Embassy, Kingston commemorated World Press Freedom Day with invited guest, Richard Griffiths, former Vice President and Senior Editorial Director of CNN. Under the theme “Media Education for Justice, Development and Social Change”, Griffiths was the keynote speaker at the University of Technology’s annual Final Year Exhibition for the Communication ...
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Montana Special Election – May 25

The State of Montana will conduct a special election on Thursday, May 25, 2017, for its at-large Congressional District to replace Ryan Zinke who was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  This district represents all counties in Montana. Service members, eligible family members and overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application ...
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US-JA Partners in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

“Protecting intellectual property is a high priority for the US Government”, so asserted the US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Eric Khant, at a press conference hosted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s, Counter Terrorism & Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) in partnership with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO). Mr. Khant argued that “counterfeiting ...
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USAID, IRC host Clean Energy Seminar

Earth Day celebration: On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Paul Robeson Information Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy hosted members of the USAID’s Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) team in order to discuss “Jamaica’s Transition toa Green Energy Economy” with a group of participants from academia, the public sector, and the private sector.  Speaking on ...
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Eight Jamaican Lottery Scammers Extradited

On April 26, 2017, the governments of Jamaica and the United States extradited eight Jamaicans to face federal charges related to the international lottery scheme. The U.S. Attorney for North Dakota has indicted them for an alleged conspiracy to defraud tens of millions of dollars (US) from America’s most vulnerable citizens, primarily elderly victims living ...
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AFJ Demonstrates Commitment to Jamaica with US$300K in Grants

The American Friends of Jamaica recently hosted its annual grant awards ceremony.  The event was held on April 3, 2017 at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston. Discretionary and donor-direct grant awards totaling more than US$300,000 (JA$40 million) were presented to 27 Jamaican non-profit entities including the Alpha Institute, SOS Children’s Village and the Jamaica Environmental ...
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Are you a young entrepreneur or civil society leader? Join the YLAI Professional Fellows Program!

Great News! The program has been extended until April 28.  The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the Department of State, is seeking young entrepreneurs and civil society leaders from Jamaica to take part in five weeks of training focused on commercial and social entrepreneurship in October and November ...
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First Lady honors courageous women from around the world

First Lady Melania Trump honored a group of women from around the world for their bravery in fighting for women’s empowerment and human rights, often at great personal risk. “Each one of these heroic women has an extraordinary story of courage which must inspire each of us to also achieve more than we ever imagined possible,” the ...
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The Tradition Continues….Peace Corps Jamaica welcomes Group 88

On March 13, 2017, Peace Corps Jamaica hosted a Welcome Reception for the 88th group of 31 Trainees to the island.  The unbroken partnership of fifty-five (55) years between the Jamaican government and the United States Peace Corps began with the signing of the agreement on February 22, 1962, by Jamaica’s Norman Washington Manley.  The ...
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After Jamaican School Assesses Reading Skills, Attendance Soars

  In the isolated, serene hills of St. James on Jamaica’s west end sits the quaint little school of Retrieve Primary. The school hosts a total of approximately 120 students from grades 1 to 6. But until 2010, only 30 students attended the school. Former principal Yvonne Hardy remembers what it was like when she ...
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Jamaican Youth Gain Skills to become Entrepreneurs

A hybrid training facility and social enterprise is perhaps the only one of its kind on the island of Jamaica. Here, busy young men in blue jumpsuits are learning skills that will help them to build successful businesses and overcome economic disadvantages. They are learning skills like recycling glass bottles into ceramic tiles with machines they ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston supports Investigative Journalism in Jamaica

American broadcast journalist and former CNN anchor, James “Jim” Clancy, participated in a two-day media tour in Kingston, March 20-21, 2017. This media engagement followed a National Integrity Action (NIA) led, Regional Investigative Journalism and Financial Reporting Workshop in St. Ann, March 17-19, 2017, where Clancy was one of the principal presenters. As a veteran ...
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2016 Human Rights Report

The State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices document the human rights situation in 199 countries and territories around the world.  As mandated by Congress, the U.S. government uses the Human Rights Reports as part of our foreign policy formulation, including our decision making on foreign assistance. The Human Rights Reports are also ...
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Embassy Closure Notice

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston will be closed on Wednesday, March 1, in observance of Ash Wednesday, an official Jamaican holiday. All parts of the U.S. Mission, including the Consular Section, Paul Robeson Information Resource Centre, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Peace Corps offices and the U.S. Consular Agencies in Montego ...
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U.S. Embassy donates Bicycles, Firearm Simulator, and Driving Simulator at Handover Ceremony

The U.S. State Department, through its International Narcotics Law Enforcement offices (INL), donated to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 200 bicycles, a firearm and a driving simulator, during a handover ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica. Deputy Chief of Mission, Eric Khant delivered remarks at the handover ceremony, highlighting the fifty-five years of ...
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Honoring U.S. Presidents

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington ...
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U.S. donates 1.5 million condoms to boost Jamaica’s Zika Prevention effort among Pregnant Women

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 1.5 million condoms to the National Family Planning Board-Sexual Health Agency, to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of Zika among pregnant women. The condoms will be distributed island wide within the antenatal clinics, to be offered free of cost to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Insel Air – February 2, 2017

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that U.S. Consulate General Curaçao has temporarily prohibited U.S. Consulate Curacao personnel from flying on Insel Air.  The Consulate adopted this policy following an internal review of safety-related considerations.  You are receiving this message because Insel Air also flies to Jamaica. On December 27, 2016, an Insel Air ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

From ShareAmerica . 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 ...
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Notice of Fraudulent and Inaccurate Information Regarding Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017

As the [U.S. State] Department and its interagency partners set priorities and advance planning initiatives for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India, it has come to our attention that fraudulent information has been shared on Facebook.  The State Department has become aware of a site falsely advertising the Summit as held in February ...
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Lt Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo Lauds US-Jamaica Partnership at JDF Change of Command Ceremony

The Military Deputy Commander of the United States Southern Command, LTG DiSalvo conveys his personal congratulations to Major General Rocky Meade on his appointment as the new Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). LTG DiSalvo was the senior United States military representative at the JDF Change of Command Ceremony on the ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. Accepting victory ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston resumes Authorization Process For Firearm Export Licenses

The State Department, in consultation with the U.S. Embassy Kingston, has resumed the authorization process for firearm export licenses, considering each case on its merits. Exports bound for Jamaican security forces have not been delayed at any point. The U.S. Embassy is working with the Ministry of National Security and the Firearm Licensing Authority to ...
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Inauguration weekend also means charitable donations

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will mean big business for Washington restaurants, and several plan to share the wealth. Through an initiative called “ All In Service DC ,” participating restaurants, bars and coffee shops will donate part of their profits from the January 20 inauguration weekend to local charities that serve the community. Inauguration weekend usually means large crowds for ...
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr. is renowned as the hero who fought and died to end racial discrimination and advance civil rights in the United States. But his influence and inspiration is felt well beyond his home country. Streets and boulevards named after King can be found all over the world, from Niger to Australia, Brazil to Germany. There is ...
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Former U.S. presidents to attend Trump inauguration

Falling in line with tradition, three former presidents plan to attend Donald Trump’s January 20 inauguration as U.S president. For former President Bill and Hillary Clinton, the decision will put Hillary Clinton on the inaugural platform as her rival from the 2016 campaign assumes the office she sought. The Clintons announced their decision to attend ...
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U.S. Embassy turns Spotlight on Corruption at Roundtable Series

The U.S. Embassy, Kingston in partnership with the Department of Government at the UWI, Mona recently hosted the final in a series of Anti-Corruption Roundtable under the theme: ‘Corruption: Enemy to Economic Growth and Development’. The three-day event was held in Montego Bay, Mandeville and Kingston with a focus on Corruption and Youth; Political Corruption ...
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USAID announces first award under Clean Energy Finance Facility

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the first grant through the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), to help develop a 37 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Jamaica’s Westmoreland Parish. CEFF-CCA will provide support to Rekamniar Capital Limited, the project developer, to partner with independent power producer ...
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2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston is pleased to announce Call for Proposals for the 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The Fund created by the U.S. Congress in 2001 aims to provide grant awards to preserve cultural heritage around the world, ranging from the renovation of historical monuments and restoration of artefacts to the ...
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U.S. Embassy donates J$25 million in equipment to Jamaica Fire Brigade

The U.S. Embassy Kingston, through the Regional Security Office and the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, held an official handover ceremony of a mobile trailer containing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) emergency response equipment to the Jamaica Fire Brigade. The handover which was held on the Embassy compound marks the culmination of a four-week Chemical, ...
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U.S Embassy hosts Election Night Watch Party

Ambassador Luis G. Moreno hosted guests at the themed, Election Night Watch party 2016 to celebrate U.S. democracy on the rooftop of Digicel Headquarters in downtown Kingston. The over 150 attendees included members of the diplomatic corps, Government ministers and opposition, the business community and the media. Ambassador Moreno told the guests that this was indeed ...
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International Education Week: Promoting educational exchange around the world

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC From November 14-18, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate International Education Week (IEW), encouraging Americans and international students alike to seek opportunities to study abroad, make connections with peers in other countries, and ultimately to see themselves as actors in ...
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Large turnout for EducationUSA College Fair 2016

U.S. Embassy, Kingston culminates its annual Education USA College fair today (November 3) at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston. In partnership with the American International School in Kingston and Hillel Academy, 33 U.S. Universities and college representatives are on hand to advise students from across the island on studying in the United States. The ...
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Jamaican Fugitive Apprehension

In the early morning hours of November 6th, members of JCF”s Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) and the Major Organized Crime Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) apprehended Lavrick Willocks in Kingston. Mr. Willocks is the key figure in the 14-person federal indictment in North Dakota targeting lottery scammers. The United States has requested the extradition of Mr. ...
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EducationUSA College Fair 2016

Jamaican high school students interested in studying in the United States will have an opportunity to explore their options at the U.S. Embassy’s annual College Fair this year. The Embassy of the United States of America in partnership with the American International School in Kingston and Hillel Academy will jointly host College Fair 2016 at the ...
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Partners in action, Partners for hope, Partners for prosperity

On Wednesday, October 19, the U.S. Government partnered with the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) in packing and transporting well-needed supplies to Haiti. United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno was on hand to give his support to this very timely mission. The supplies which include bottled water, toiletries and infant supplies will contribute to ...
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U.S. Co-host the 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 ...
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Your Vote Counts!

In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. You can ...
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U.S. Military aircraft land in Jamaica

Five United States military aircraft arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday, October 5, for refueling, en route to Haiti. The vessels included two Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, one Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, one heavy-lift Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport airplane. The State Department ...
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U.S. Embassy to support training for Correctional Officers

U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), Director, Garth Hall, participated in a press briefing and information session for participants in the joint Correctional Institution Management Course in the United States. The course, which is fully sponsored by the US Embassy’s INL Office, will take place in Canon City, Colorado, USA, from September 26, ...
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U.S. Embassy donates non-lethal equipment to JCF

The U.S. Embassy through the office of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) yesterday handed over 3,500 non-lethal kits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) under the Less than Lethal Force Project. The project will provide equipment and training to 7,000 front-line JCF officers in order to reduce incidents of citizen ...
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USTDA advances energy efficiency in Jamaica

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Jamaica’s National Water Commission (NWC) , a utility responsible for providing water and wastewater services. The grant will provide technical assistance to examine energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities at seven NWC facilities.  For each of the targeted facilities, the technical assistance will develop detailed ...
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Our Ocean Conference

Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the 2016 Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. on September 15 to 16. The conference focused on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. To see the Our Ocean Conference 2016 official website, click  here.  ...
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President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry Mark the Fifteenth Anniversary of September 11th

Repost from DipNote. Today President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Speaking on behalf of the State Department, Secretary Kerry said, “the men and women of the U.S. Department of State join with our fellow citizens and ...
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U.S. Embassy bids farewell to Consul General Michael Schimmel

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno hosted a farewell reception in honor of outgoing Consul General Michael Schimmel, who departed this summer after serving three years at Embassy Kingston and over 30 years in the Foreign Service. Over 100 guests attended the reception to bid farewell to the “visa man” based on the close ...
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First Class of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Program

The White House has announced the inaugural class of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellows. President Obama launched YLAI last year to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean. The inaugural YLAI class brings 250 promising young business and social entrepreneurs from across Latin America ...
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BMR Wind Farm Launch

On August 18, U.S. Ambassador Luis G. Moreno gave remarks at the inauguration of BMR Jamaica’s Wind project in Malvern, St Elizabeth. The U.S. and Canadian governments invested tens of millions of dollars (US) in the project, which is expected to provide over 17, 000 customers a year with clean, affordable, reliable, and domestically-produced power. ...
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Ambassador attends Cayman Independence Reception

On August 18, 2016, United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno visited the Cayman Islands for outreach to Americans and other U.S. interests. The visit was also used to celebrate the US’ 240th Anniversary of Independence. While in the Caymans, Ambassador Moreno paid a courtesy call to Premier The Honourable Alden McLaughlin. Moreno and McLaughlin ...
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Statement on President Obama’s Trip to China and Laos

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE President Obama will travel to China and Laos September 2-9, 2016.  This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as well as the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific. In China, the ...
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U.S. Embassy launches new website!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Jamaica’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States considers Jamaica a close friend and strong partner. Your vibrant democratic institutions, independent judiciary, and robust ...
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U.S. Embassy, Kingston supports Jamaica’s Border Security

Representatives from several agencies and departments within Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently wrapped up a five-day training session on emerging trends in terrorism. Participants included members of staff from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and Jamaica Customs. This five-day, in-country course sponsored and facilitated by the U.S. State ...
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Jamaican youth to visit U.S on cultural exchange

U.S. Embassy Kingston hosted a Youth Ambassadors Pre-Departure and Orientation Session on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  Young people ages 15-18 years, representing various secondary institutions across the island will participate in a three-week cultural exchange program in the United States. The students and mentors, who were selected by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, will ...
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Voting Message! U.S. Elections 2016

Steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA ...
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U.S. Embassy celebrates 240 years Texas Style

On Monday July 4th The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston celebrated the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, on the East Lawn of the historic and iconic Devon House. The evening of splendor was characterized by Texan hats and Tex-Mex Cuisine amidst a sea of red, white and blue.  ...
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Ambassador Moreno hosts farewell reception for DCM Martinez

United States Ambassador Luis G. Moreno hosted a delightful farewell reception on June 29, in honor of U.S. Embassy Kingston’s former Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Lee Martinez and her husband Don Pohlman. Ambassador Moreno praised Ms. Martinez for her distinguished performance in leading various aspects of the U.S. Mission’s operations in Kingston. He used ...
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U.S. Embassy supports JA’s maritime security efforts

United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno and Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Luis E. Arreaga participated in a boat handover ceremony at the Jamaica Defence Force Headquarters. The two boats will be used by the JDF coast guard in support of counter narcotics operations. Like our Facebook page: US Embassy Jamaica Follow us on Twitter: ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit begins today

2016 GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT, JUNE 22-24 The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) begins June 22 to 24 in Silicon Valley, California. The Summit will focus on putting innovating global entrepreneurs together with those who can help transform dreams into reality. This is the 7th year of the event previously hosted by the United States and the governments of ...
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Jamaica bids farewell to USAID Mission Director

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked with the Government and people of Jamaica since 1953 to: • Promote greater transparency and good governance practices; • Foster Jamaican participation in regional security; strengthening basic education; • Reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS; • Promote economic prosperity; and • Decrease vulnerability to climate change ...
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Partnership Against Child Abuse

The Embassy of the United States of America is thrilled to have partnered with Jamaica’s Child Development Agency (CDA) in hosting noted American pediatrician, researcher and TEDMED Speaker Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris – June 13-15, 2016. Dr. Burke Harris is a leading proponent of the nexus between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and their negative effects on ...
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U.S.-Jamaican Exchange Tackles Human Trafficking

Twelve Jamaicans from across government, civil society, and the church recently returned from a three-week International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), which explored how the United States’ law enforcement and legislative institutions tackle human trafficking. In describing this and other U.S. Government exchanges, Joshua Polacheck, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy said, “Professional exchanges ...
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International Education

By Allan E. Goodman Pursuing an education in a foreign country allows a young person to develop the skills necessary to become an effective and productive global citizen. Allan E. Goodman is president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston, Usain Bolt among local partners in support of HeForShe

U.S. Embassy Kingston to launch new website in August! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. Check it out below!
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Esther Pinnock – A Strong Social Advocate

Jamaica’s youth continue to make significant strides through professional and educational exchanges in the United States.  Esther Pinnock is the most recent returnee from the Atlas Corps Program, where she served as an Atlas Corps Fellow with primary responsibility for communications engagement. Esther was one of 22 participants from various countries across the world including ...
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U.S.-Caribbean and Central American Energy Summit

Secretary John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden attended the recently concluded U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit in Washington, D.C., May 3-4, 2016. The Summit, which saw heads of government, energy ministers, representatives from multilateral development banks, the private sector, and other international partners gathered together to discuss the work of the U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Security ...
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Kingston College student wins MLKJ Essay Competition

Congratulations to 2016  Martin Luther King Junior (‎MLKJ)  essay winner, Oshnel Bryan – fifth form student at Kingston College. In celebration of Black History Month February 2016, the Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Kingston held a Facebook essay competition inviting fans to submit papers inspired by the Martin Luther King Junior quote: “Injustice anywhere ...
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Peace Corps Welcomes Group 87

On March 15, 2016, Peace Corps Jamaica hosted a welcome reception for the 87th group of Americans to serve as volunteers in Jamaica. Their arrival continues the partnership between the governments of the United States and Jamaica first established through a signed agreement on February 22, 1962. The incoming trainees will participate in approximately eleven ...
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U.S. Elections 2016 – Your Complete Guide

Every Vote Counts. U.S. Elections 2016 Overview “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969) The 58th United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Learn ...
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J’cans participate in U.S. State Dept sponsored Sub-regional program “Combating Corruption”

Recognized in their fields as emerging leaders in areas of law enforcement and governance, Omar Cover, Jamaican Defense Force, Cecile Maragh, Senior Director, Ministry of Finance and Planning and Andrew Wildes, Legal Officer, Ministry of Finance and Planning, participated in a U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leader Program (IVLP), themed “Combatting Corruption”. The IVLP, ...
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Justice Vivene Harris equipped with knowledge on Children in the U.S. Justice System

She’s easily one of the most affable Jamaican Supreme Court Judges you’ll ever come across. However, that is not to be confused with her legislative aptitude and solid belief in impartiality.  Justice Vivene Harris is now officially a U.S. Embassy alumna who recently returned from a three week multi-regional project/professional exchange, sponsored by the U.S. ...
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Fantasia for Blues on the Green 2016

The United States Embassy in Kingston will this year host the Grammy-Award winning, Queen of #RockSoul Fantasia for Blues on The Green. With hits such as I Believe,When I See You and Truth Is, Fantasia’s performance promises to celebrate the beauty and depth of African Americans’ positive contribution to all facets of American society and ...
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Martin Luther King Jr Essay Competition Deadline Extended

Due to the rescheduling of the U.S. Embassy’s annual Blues on the Green concert, commemorating Black History Month, we will extend the deadline of the Martin Luther King Jr’s essay competition to Thursday, March 10, 2016. All participants are invited to submit entries to: kingstonsocialmedia@state.gov .       See Competition Rules below: The competition is ...
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Jamaica’s Ricardo Allen for Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

  Driven, is the word which fully defines Ricardo Allen, Jamaica’s participant in the Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), who was selected by the U.S. Department of State.  President Barack Obama announced YLAI during his historic visit to Jamaica in April 2015.  This pilot program of the Initiative will send 23 young professionals ...
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Jamaica increases its Presence among White House Emerging Global Leaders

With a ready smile and an easy and elegant demeanor, Anna- Kim Robinson exudes confidence, as she moves into a unique U.S. Embassy-sponsored opportunity which will enhance her contribution to Jamaica’s non-profit/development sector. Anna-Kim is one of Jamaica’s recipients of the prestigious White House Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps (“EGLI-Atlas Corps”) Fellowship. The program brings ...
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Martin Luther King Jr Essay Competition

In honor of Dr. King’s historic accomplishments in advancing social justice and equality, U.S. Embassy Kingston invites students ages 15-19 years, to participate in the MLKJ Essay Competition! Inspired by MLKJ quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.  Discuss in relation to Jamaica’s Charter of Rights which calls for “the right to life, liberty ...
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Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has upgraded its advisories regarding the Zika Virus. Local health authorities have also confirmed the presence of Zika virus in Jamaica. The full advisory can be found at http://moh.gov.jm/jamaica-confirms-first-case-of-the-zika-virus/. For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website . To obtain  CDC travel notices, call the CDC  at 1-800- CDC ...
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Stony Hill cops top Prize at Operation Clean Sweep

Residents of Stony Hill (Social Development Commission), St Andrew took the top prize of $150,000 at the recently concluded ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ initiative during a prize giving ceremony on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston. The winning community collected 1,250 pounds of PET bottles in less than a month, while second ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Celebrates the Holidays!

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ and Jamaica’s Jolly Boys did spread much cheer, with their unique sound at U.S. Embassy Kingston’s Holiday Concert, held December 15, 2015. With lead singer Albert Minott, the  seasoned and ever energetic group delivered all-time Jamaican Mento favorites, to which many in the audience could not contain themselves.  The ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Woman Inc.

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno hosted a reception on November 13, to highlight the important work being done by Woman Inc. across the island. Woman Inc. addresses the needs of victims of rape, incest and domestic violence, assists victims of human-trafficking and supports persons living with HIV/AIDS. In his remarks Ambassador Moreno ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Operation Clean Sweep

To promote best practices for proper waste management and recycling mechanisms, the United States Embassy partnered with Environmental Consultant/Project Director Stephen Newland to host a two-day workshop series called ‘Operation Clean Sweep’. Carried out by Newland in partnership with USAID’s Community Empowerment and Transformation Project (Comet II) to address climate change issues, the workshops were held from ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the United States Embassy hosted and participated in various events that highlighted the important role that entrepreneurship plays in nations’ economic and social development. This week’s events support President Obama’s goal to elevate entrepreneurship on the global agenda and inspire new generations of innovators to choose entrepreneurship as ...
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U.S. Government Signs Agreement with Ministry of National Security

Today, United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno and Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) Assistant Director, Matthew Albence, participated in a signing ceremony for the Criminal History Information Sharing (CHIS) memorandum of cooperation. The memorandum which was officially signed by Minister Bunting and AD ...
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Dialogues between Democracies

Dialogues between Democracies: The Future of U.S.-Jamaica Bilateral Relations, that’s the theme of a forward thinking project-partnership between the United States Embassy in Kingston and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). The Embassy recently issued a grant-award to CaPRI to undertake this project, which aims to advance policy discussions between Jamaica and the United States, ...
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U.S. Embassy to host College Fair 2015

Jamaican high school students interested in studying in the United States will have an opportunity to explore their options at the U.S. Embassy’s College Fair, to be held October 20-21, 2015. The College Fair is organized by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in partnership with The Hillel Academy and the American International School in Kingston ...
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U.S. Embassy continues Strong Partnership with Jamaica’s Security Forces through Training

Last week, the U.S. Embassy Kingston’s Regional Security office completed another in a series of trainings for Jamaica’s law enforcement and security personnel. The five-day course trained the participants on the principles and processes used to lead investigations of terrorist incidents.  With their training,  the officers will be better equipped to protect public safety and ...
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U.S. Embassy provides Unique Professional Exchange Opportunity

The United States Embassy in Kingston with support from the U.S. State Department continues to provide unique opportunities for growth and professional exchange for many across the island.  One of Jamaica’s most recent program beneficiaries is Alecia Maragh, a 2015 recipient of the Atlas Corps Fellowship, a signature exchange program which forms part of Atlas ...
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Celebrating International Youth Day

International Youth Day brings youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrates the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. August 12 was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as ...
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Museums Connect Exchange

U.S. Department of State & The American Alliance of Museums Announce the 2015 Museums Connect Exhange 15 Global Partners Create Museum-Based Youth Exchanges Focused on Environmental and Social Change Museums Connect, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has awarded ...
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Secretary Kerry on Jamaica’s Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Jamaica as you celebrate 53 years of independence this August 6. This year has been an historic time of bilateral and regional engagement. President Obama’s visit to Jamaica generated great momentum in our joint ...
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30 marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2015. Each year, USAID publicly declares its commitment to end #humantrafficking and support victims and survivors around the globe. According to International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates, 20.9 million people are currently trapped in modern-day slavery. Men, women, and children all fall into the hands of traffickers ...
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World Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Embassy Kingston making a Difference in Communities

Developing support for the rule of law: creating a culture of lawfulness – That was the theme of a two-day workshop hosted by U.S. Embassy Kingston, on July 21-22, 2015 in Kingston and Montego Bay respectively. The workshops were conducted in collaboration with USAID’s Community Empowerment and Transformation Project (Comet II), giving support to the ...
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Ambassador Moreno visits Cayman

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno made his first official visit to the Cayman Islands, July 9-10, 2015. While there, the Ambassador met with several Government officials including, Acting Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., Chief Justice Anthony Smellie and Minister with responsibility for  Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing & Infrastructure (PLAH&I), Hon. D. Kurt ...
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Embassy preps Jamaican students on Study in the U.S.

As hundreds of Jamaicans prepare for studies at various American colleges/universities, the U.S. Embassy through its Education USA office hosted a pre-departure orientation session on July 15th to equip students for this transition. The seminar provided useful tips on how to adjust to a new environment and briefed participants on a raft of other topics including academic ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Celebrates 4th of July in Style

Over 400 guests attended the United States Embassy’s 4th of July Celebrations, hosted by US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno and Mrs. Gloria Moreno.  The event was held at the Ambassador’s official residence and was attended by several senior Government of Jamaica officials, members of the Opposition, business leaders and Non-Governmental/Civil Society Representatives. In ...
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U.S. and Jamaica Partner on Renewable Energy

Thursday, July 9, 2015, was the ground breaking of the U.S. state Department’s, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, financing of $47 million construction, and operation of WRB’s Content Solar renewable energy farm, in Content District, Clarendon, Jamaica. This is the second renewable energy project receiving OPIC financing this year – BMR Energy Wind Farm received $43 ...
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US Embassy Kingston Equips Jamaican Guidance Counselors

The U.S. Embassy’s Paul Robeson Information Resource Center (IRC) hosted a lively information sharing session for Jamaican High School Guidance Counselors on how best to prepare students for study in the United States.  Participants included Guidance Counselors from several high schools across the island including Charlie Smith High, Jamaica College, Dinthill Technical High and Immaculate ...
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U.S. and Jamaica Partner on Environmental Fund

United States Ambassador Luis G. Moreno and Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill,  on Friday, June 26, 2015 signed an agreement to effect the merger of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and the Jamaica Protected Areas Trust (JPAT)/ Forest Conservation Fund (FCF). The merger will  facilitate approximately J$700 million dollars in ...
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OPIC supports 20 MW J’can Solar Energy Facility

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, today signed a financing agreement with Content Solar Ltd., solidifying a $47 million OPIC loan to support a 20 megawatt grid-connected solar photo voltaic facility in Clarendon, Jamaica. The project is being developed by Tampa, Fla.-based WRB Enterprises (WRB). WRB will be the ...
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A ‘Continuing Promise’

U.S. Embassy, Kingston bids farewell to the United States Naval Ship, ‘Comfort’ which visited the island from May 5 to May 14, 2015. This Mercy-class hospital ship’s nine-day medical stop in Jamaica was part of a nearly six-month humanitarian mission across the Caribbean region. Hundreds of Jamaicans received free medical services the Comfort’s crew – ...
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United States Naval Ship Comfort to visit Jamaica in May

Minister of Health Dr. Fenton Ferguson and U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno are pleased to announce that the USNS Comfort will visit Jamaica during the early part of May 2015.  While berthed in Kingston, the Comfort’s crew will provide medical services, conduct professional medical exchanges with their Jamaican counterparts, and engage in community outreach ...
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Dr. Carson on the Legacy of MLK Jr.

The U.S. Embassy hosted Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History at Stanford University and Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Research and Education Institute, on March 16-20, 2015, for a series of forums and talks on full and equal citizenship for all Jamaicans and the advancement of responsible and democratic governance. Dr. Carson ...
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U.S. Embassy to host Public Seminars

The U.S. Embassy will host Dr. Claybourne Carson, Professor of History at Stanford University and Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, March 16-20, 2015 for a series of forums and talks on full and equal citizenship for all Jamaicans and the advancement of responsible and democratic governance. The public lectures ...
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Taking care of Personal Security

Warden Message The U.S. Embassy in Kingston reminds U.S. citizens visiting and residing in Jamaica of the need for caution and awareness of personal security on the island. According to statistics prepared by Jamaican law enforcement authorities, crime levels have increased across the country in the early months of 2015, with homicides up 18% and ...
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MLK Jr. Essay Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Competition on the topic “I have a dream for an inclusive Jamaica”. The winners received their gifts from Ambassador Luis G. Moreno. Grand Prize Winner, Deneve Sweeney of Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls was awarded an iPad and a set of MLK Jr. Books ...
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Sweet Honey In the Rock to Headline this Year’s Blues on The Green

World renowned, Sweet Honey In The Rock, will be the headline performers at Blues on The Green, Friday February  27, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Emancipation Park.  The Grammy-Award winning group promises to entertain the crowd and stimulate thought through their rich musical tones, artistic style and delivery which includes the use of sign language. ...
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2015 MLKJ Competition Rules

MLKJ Essay Competition MLKJ Essay Submissions U.S. Embassy Kingston would like to thank everyone for their submissions in the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Competition. The Ambassador has chosen the Grand Prize winner! Now we need your help to select our ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’ essay popular vote winner. We received so many good entries that ...
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Press Association of Jamaica and U.S. Embassy Partner on Media Workshops

Practical, Enlightening and Timely! Those are words used to describe the two-day media training organized by the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Kingston and the National Integrity Action (NIA). This training kicked off Journalism Week 2014 with the timely topic of ‘Forensic Financial Reporting’. During Monday’s Forum, Professor ...
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The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

FY 2015 Request for Proposals Summary: The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the 2015 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation program (AFCP). Established in 2001 the AFCP is managed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston Holiday Closure

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston will be closed on Thursday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving Day, which is a federal holiday in the United States. All parts of the U.S. Mission, including the Consular Section, Paul Robeson Information Resource Centre, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Peace Corps ...
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Jamaica’s Zero-tolerance Policy to Firearms and Ammmunition

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica reminds all travelers that both the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Cayman Islands have zero-tolerance policies towards firearms and ammunition. In recent months, a number of U.S. citizens have been detained at the airports in Kingston, Montego Bay and Grand Cayman because firearms or ammunition were ...
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Protect Yourself from Mosquito-borne Diseases

Many of you have heard about the progression of Chikungunya throughout the Caribbean with the most recent transmissions occurring in Central and South American countries as well as some imported cases in the US and other nations.  The CDC has been closely tracking Chikungunya as it moves through the Caribbean since the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit it are common in ...
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