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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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