U.S. Embassy Donates Over $430,000 in Equipment and Gear to the RBPF

On December 6, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of National Security The Honorable Marvin Dames participated in the official handover ceremony of more than $430,000 in equipment and gear to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) at the Police College. The donation was made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics ...
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Veteran Journalist on Grand Bahama Selected to Participate in IVLP Focused on Broadcast Media

  U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that Ms. Nathalee Martinborough, Deputy News Director of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, ZNS Northern Service has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The program runs October 27-November 17, 2018 in the United States. A core policy ...
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Remarks: EducationUSA College Fair Reception

Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers October 19, 2018 Good evening and welcome to Liberty Overlook.  I am excited to host my first EducationUSA college fair reception, because all of us here tonight understand the importance of education, and the difference it makes in the lives of young people. Just last night I attended the first ...
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U.S. Embassy 4th Annual EducationUSA College Fair a Success

The United States Embassy sponsored the 4th annual EducationUSA College Fair on Saturday, October 20th at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort. This year’s fair included representatives from over 40 U.S. colleges and universities. The one-day event attracted over 1,800 students from Nassau and the family islands along with their parents eager to learn about higher ...
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Charge Bowers Hosts Celebration of The Arts

On September 21, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers hosted an evening of art, music and food at Liberty Overlook. As a part of the event, the U.S. Embassy partnered with our State Department alum Antonius Roberts to promote the Arts with talented art students at the University of The Bahamas. The workshop focused on Bahamian/American ...
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Remarks – Cultural Reception to Celebrate the Arts

Remarks by U.S.Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers Liberty Overlook September 21, 2018 Good evening and welcome to Liberty Overlook.  Thank you for being here as we celebrate an evening of cultural diversity and the arts.  Tonight you will experience a cultural fusion of art, music, and culinary delights, illustrating the strong ties and shared partnership between ...
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US Embassy Announces 2018 Finalists for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program

U.S. Embassy Nassau congratulates the three Bahamians selected to participate in the prestigious Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the initiative. The program brings together 250 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States to collaborate ...
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U.S. Charge d’Affaires Presents Safeboat to RBDF

On August 14, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of National Security Marvin Dames participated in the official handover of a 25’ SAFEBOAT patrol craft, a donation from the United States Government to the Government of The Bahamas to support the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). Also on hand for the donation, RBDF Commodore ...
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Remarks – Official Handover Ceremony of SAFE Boat and Accessories

Remarks by US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers Official Handover Ceremony of SAFE Boat and Accessories August 14, 2018 The Honorable Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force, Captain Clyde Sawyer, Principal Officer Administration, Reverend Prince Bodie, RBDF Chaplain, and Officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force – Good Morning. Today ...
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U.S. Presents The Bahamas Government with $1.4M to Support Anti-Corruption Efforts

On August 8, during a signing ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield signed the eighth amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.  In his remarks, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said his administration remains resolute in ...
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Remarks- U.S. Presents The Bahamas Government with $1.4M for Anti-Corruption Efforts

Official remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers Signing Ceremony at  the Office of The Prime Minister Nassau, The Bahamas August 8, 2018 The Most Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis; Attorney General Bethel; Minister of National Security Dames, Minister of Foreign Affairs Henfield, and other distinguished guests. It is an honor to be here ...
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Notice: Change to Fee Collection Vendor

Please be advised that a new vendor has been chosen for fee collection for the processing of the Visa Applications for U.S. Embassy Nassau.  The new vendor as of August 1, 2018, will be Scotiabank Bahamas, please see branch listing below for contacts and hours. Scotiabank Bahamas # Branch Location Telephone Opening Hours 1 Nicholls Town ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 4th of July with Tribute to “The Great Gatsby Era”

                   On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers hosted this year’s official Fourth of July celebrations at Liberty Overlook.  The event paid tribute to the decadence of the 1920’s era dubbed, the “Roaring Twenties” and “The Jazz Age,” when the American economy soared, bringing ...
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Six Bahamian Students to Participate in U.S. State Department’s Youth Ambassadors Program

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce the students selected to participate in the prestigious Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean scheduled for August 7-29, 2018 in the United States. This year, students from the island of New Providence were eligible to apply to participate in the program.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of ...
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The Naval Warship USS Hue City Makes Official Visit to Grand Bahama

On Friday, July 20th, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Captain Jake Douglas cohosted a welcome reception onboard the USS Hue City while the ship was on a port visit to Grand Bahama. The invited guests included Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson, Member of Parliament for ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau (June 13-14, 2018)

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Nassau, The Bahamas: CR Walker High School to Rawson Square area Ballou Hill Road Market Street East Street Portions of Bay Street east of the U.S. Embassy (located on Queen Street) Event: Planned protest marches are scheduled to take place during ...
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US and Bahamian Officials Attend JCET Closing Ceremony

On May 30, US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of National Security Marvin Dames attended the official closing of the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) base. Also on hand, RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel and Col. Michael Doherty, Deputy Commander, Special Operation Command North (SOCNORTH), the special operations ...
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Remarks – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers Clifton Pier, Nassau, The Bahamas May 28, 2018   Your Excellency, Minister Dames, Minister Henfield, Leader of the Opposition, distinguished guests, thank you for joining us on this solemn occasion. During the Civil War President Lincoln delivered formidable words at the Gettysburg battleground in 1863.  He challenged the ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates Memorial Day with a Wreath laying Ceremony

On Monday, May 28, the United States Embassy commemorated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans.  Special recognition was given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954, Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in ...
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Hurricane Season Alert

Hurricane Season Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau (May 23, 2018) 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 ...
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US and Bahamian Officials Visit Exuma for Operation Thunderball

On May 17, US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers, Minister of National Security, The Hon. Marvin Dames, Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Tellis Bethel and Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF)  Anthony Ferguson traveled to the island of Exuma for “Operation Thunderball.”  The training exercise supports Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos ...
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Youth Ambassadors 2018 -New Providence (Deadline Extended)

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that we have extended the deadline for the Youth Ambassadors with the Caribbean Program – Nassau Cohort! Students and potential adult mentors from New Providence have until Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to apply. The program will take place in the United States August 7 – ...
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A/PDAS Merten Participates in CARICOM Meetings in Nassau

In an exclusive interview with State department alum Taneka Thompson (Editor, The Tribune) Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Kenneth Merten said the U.S. government is looking to increase its engagement with countries in the region including The Bahamas. This is in an effort to find ways to grow economies, ...
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Visits The Bahamas

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, traveled to the Bahamas on May 2, where he met with Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to discuss bilateral relations, and thank the Bahamas for their leadership in working with ...
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Bahamian Student-Athletes Participate in a Dynamic Workshop Sponsored By GAFY and the US Embassy

On March 24, approximately 150 Bahamian student-athletes participated in an informative one-day workshop at the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel sponsored by U.S. Embassy Nassau in partnership with the non-profit Global Athletic Foundation for Youth (GAFY).  The goal of the program and partnership is to develop well-rounded students who excel academically, as well as athletically in ...
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ATF Partners with Bahamas Customs Department and RBPF on Small Arms Identification Training

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) delivered a Small Arms Identification Training for approximately 30 Bahamas Customs and RBPF officers from March 19-23 in Nassau.  The training was funded by the ATF and was part of ongoing U.S.-Bahamian cooperative efforts to curb the flow of illegal firearms into The Bahamas. The week-long ...
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Bahamian Environmentalist Receives Woman of Courage Award on International Women’s Day

On March 8, recognized globally as International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy hosted a reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of Fotini “Sam” Tsavousis-Duncombe, Embassy Nassau’s 2018 nominee for the Secretary of State’s Award for the International Women of Courage (WOC).  A cross-section of key contacts attended the event, including the wife of Prime Minister ...
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Security Alert – Spring Break

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas (March 1, 2018) Location: The Bahamas Event: Spring Break. We want you to stay safe during your spring break in The Bahamas. Follow the tips below and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment: Do not ...
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U.S. State Department Alumni Represent The Bahamas at Regional Disaster Preparedness Seminar

In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, on February 19-23, U.S. exchange alumni representing 18 countries from the Caribbean and the United States participated in the Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities:  Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Seminar.  U.S. State Department alumni radio personality and human rights ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Nearly $250,000 in Ballistics Protective Gear to Bahamian Law Enforcement

On February 15, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Denver Herren presented the Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ferguson, and his team with over $245,000 worth of new ballistic vests, gear, uniforms, and equipment for several RBPF units to protect them in the line of duty. At the handover ceremony, the Chargé d’ Affaires highlighted ...
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Remarks – US Embassy Donates $250K in Ballistics Protective Gear to RBPF

Official remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires James Denver Herren Good Morning. Today I am pleased and honored to mark this official presentation and handover of ballistics protective gear and other equipment to the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  This equipment is being transferred to the RBPF to ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas

Location: Nassau, The Bahamas Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises that a U.S. citizen was assaulted during the early evening hours of February 6, 2018, while jogging on West Bay Street just west of Goodman’s Bay Park. Motorists and passersby stopped to help. The local police are now investigating and looking for the suspect. ...
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Turks and Caicos Islands – Level 2: Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in the Turks and Caicos Islands due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, shootings, and home invasions, is common.  Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page . If you decide to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands: Avoid walking alone ...
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Worldwide Travel Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens: Hurricane Maria Message #2

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria Message #2 Nassau, Bahamas, September 19, 2017 The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development of Hurricane Maria.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Hurricane Maria is now a Category Five hurricane ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens: Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria September 18, 2017 The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Maria, currently a Category 3 storm, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Maria, currently a Category 5 storm, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC;  www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  U.S. citizens residing and traveling in coastal areas ...
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Security Message for the Bahamas

The Department of State informs U.S. citizens that it has lifted the Travel Warning for The Bahamas and the Embassy has resumed normal operations following Hurricane Irma.  The ordered departure of U.S. Embassy non-emergency employees and family members stationed in Nassau and Freeport has been recinded. The Travel Warning for all of The Bahamas, including ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Providenciales Airport (Turks and Caicos) Reopened

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announces the resumption of international commercial flight operations at Providenciales on September 11, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane IRMA. Travelers should contact their respective commercial airline for information on individual itineraries. Please work directly with commercial airline carriers to ...
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The US Embassy Supports Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

The U.S. Mission to The Bahamas is working together with the Government of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  The U.S. Government provided The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands with satellite imagery to aid in recovery, and relief efforts. The information gained from the imagery has ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure Due to Hurricane Irma

he United States Embassy will be closed on September 8-11 due to hurricane Irma.  Please be advised that the Embassy plans to resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone:  242-322-1181 . General information on ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bahamas Travel Warning

The Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel to The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands due to Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm. On September 6, the Department ordered the departure of non-essential U.S. government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Turks and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Government Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in The Bahamas that Hurricane Irma, currently a Category 5 storm, is projected to significantly impact The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  On September 6, 2017 the Department of State approved Ordered Departure for certain Embassy staff and their family members from Nassau and Freeport in The Bahamas. ...
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Bahamian Educator to Participate in US State Department Program on Advancing Civic Engagement

Ms. Rayette McDonald, an elementary school teacher and youth mentor, has been selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) entitled, “Advancing and Sustaining Civic Engagement” which will take place September 11-29th in the United States.   On August 18, Ms. McDonald visited the U.S. Embassy and met with Acting Deputy Chief of Mission ...
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Three Bahamians Selected to Participate in the Prestigious YLAI Program in the United States

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from The Bahamas for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region.   The five-week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State , will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent Armed Robberies in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime.  An increase in armed robbery, including violence against victims, remains a threat facing U.S. citizens in the Turks and Caicos.  ...
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Remarks – The Bahamas National Drug Survey Conference

Remarks by US Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters Protocol having been established.  Good Morning.  It is a pleasure to be here with you today for the release of the National Household Drug Survey and the Rapid Situational Assessment of Drug Use and Drug Treatment in The Bahamas.  These studies were conducted by ...
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Students from Exuma Selected to Participate in Youth Ambassadors Program in the U.S.

Six students from L.N. Coakley High School in Exuma have been selected by U.S. Embassy Nassau to participate in the prestigious Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through U.S. Embassy Nassau and implemented byWorld Learning.  World Learning is a global not-for-profit organization with educational and international development operations in more ...
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Bahamian Independence Day Message from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On behalf of the Government of the United States, congratulations to the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on 44 years of independence. As the United States embarks on the U.S.-Caribbean Engagement Strategy, we reiterate our commitment to partnering with The Bahamas to build a safer and more prosperous Caribbean region.  Already our partnership ...
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US Embassy and USNORTHCOM Celebrate Fourth of July

On Friday, June 30, the United States Embassy commemorated the 241st Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America by hosting a celebration at Liberty Overlook.  Once again, the event was held in partnership with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and included more than 400 of the Embassy’s key contacts representing the government, the ...
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U.S. Charge d’Affaires Extends Condolences on the Passing of Dr. Bernard Nottage

The United States government and the American people were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bernard J. Nottage.   Those who had the privilege of working with him appreciated his willingness to tackle some of the thorniest issues in our countries’ bilateral relationship and his ability to do so with warmth and kindness. During his ...
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The Bahamas Maintains a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2017 Trafficking In Persons Report

On Tuesday, June 27, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) 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. ...
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Security Message: U.S. Embassy Nassau phone outage planned for Saturday, June 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy’s phone lines will be out of service for a planned maintenance outage beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, but embassy phone service is expected to be restored by 7:30 p.m. that same day.  For after-hours embassy emergency duty calls during that June 24 timeframe, please dial +242 422-6246. For further ...
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USNORTHCOM Donates $1.8M Emergency Relief Warehouse on Inagua to NEMA

On Thursday, June 22, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program funded $1.8 million emergency relief warehouse in Great Inagua.  NORTHCOM has been working with NEMA since December 2009 to support their long standing requirement to have three regionally located emergency ...
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United States Engagement in the Caribbean

The Department of State submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the Caribbean through strengthened relations with the governments of the Caribbean, the Caribbean diaspora, the private sector, and civil society.  Congress mandated this strategy through the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement ...
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Remarks – USNORTHCOM Funds $1.8M Emergency Relief Warehouse on Inagua

Remarks by US Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  It is a pleasure to visit Great Inagua.  I’m delighted you have joined us here to celebrate the continued partnership between the United States and The Bahamas, including ensuring the safety of all citizens in the region as we enter another hurricane season. ...
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Op-Ed: Defending Democracy with Diplomacy in Venezuela

By U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson The Bahamas and the United States share a deep democratic tradition. With the most recent elections in The Bahamas, I witnessed first-hand the power of that democracy and the dedication of the Bahamian people to that tradition. With nearly 90% voter turnout, there is no doubt Bahamians enjoy their ...
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MOH PEPFAR Official Participates in IVLP Exchange Focused on Marginalized Populations and Healthcare

On Thursday, June 8th, Ms. Arvis Mortimer Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with a focus on the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the Ministry of Health (MOH) paid a courtesy call to U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) ...
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Bahamian Journalist Participates in State Department Sponsored Exchange Focused on Disaster Preparedness Management

On Thursday, June 8th, Senior Information Officer at Bahamas Information Services (BIS) Lindsay Thompson paid a courtesy call to U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her participation in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).   Ms. Thompson also serves as the Public Information Officer for the National ...
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University of The Bahamas Announced as a Recipient of a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant

The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winners sponsored by NAFSA and CAF Development Bank of Latin America in honor of NAFSA’s retired Executive Director and CEO Marlene Johnson. Johnson’s public policy leadership resulted in NAFSA ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2017 President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas. If confirmed, “Papa” Doug Manchester of California will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of ...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau on The Bahamas Elections

The Embassy of the United States of America congratulates the people of The Bahamas on a successful election.  Citizens throughout The Bahamas exercised their constitutional right and civic responsibility, further strengthening The Bahamas’ robust democratic traditions.  The U.S. government looks forward to working with the newly elected representatives. Earlier this spring, the Governor General invited ...
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Security Message: Nassau Demonstration Scheduled for Sunday April 2, 2017

A demonstration is scheduled to take place on Sunday April 2, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm from the parking lot at Scotia Bank Cable Beach Branch (near the Melia and Breezes hotels) and proceeding to the Prime Minister’s Office (near Goodman’s Bay Park). Election season has started in The Bahamas. Demonstrations and/or protests ...
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Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean – Exuma Cohort

Program Description:  High School students from Exuma, The Bahamas are invited to apply for participation in the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean. Through this program Caribbean youth, ages 15-18, will gain the knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know the United States and their home countries, ...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau Honors The Bahamas’ 2017 Woman of Courage Award Recipient

  The entire month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month and Wednesday, March 8th marks the 106th observance of International Women’s Day.  On March 3rd, , U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson hosted a breakfast reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of U.S. Embassy Nassau’s 2017 Woman of Courage award recipient Royal Bahamas Police ...
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Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s interactive map . For more information about travel guidance for pregnant women , visit ...
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Good Samaritan Theft Scam

The U.S. Embassy is aware of a scam involving good Samaritans offering to help drivers and passengers of disabled vehicles.  The scam involves someone tampering with a vehicle in advance, such as deflating its tire(s). When the driver attempts to make the repair, a nearby “good Samaritan” offers assistance.  While the driver is distracted, another ...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau Celebrates Black History Month with Photo Contest in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To commemorate Black History Month in February, U.S. Embassy Nassau held its first nationwide digital photo contest, titled, “The Dream”, which encouraged young people to reflect on the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his influence on race relations worldwide.  The contest’s objective was to focus on Dr. Martin Luther King’s principles and ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women in all spheres of economic, political, and public life. Throughout our history, ...
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Worldwide Caution for U.S. Citizens

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Staying Safe during Spring Break in The Bahamas

We want you to stay safe during your spring break in The Bahamas.  Follow the below tips and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment Do not travel or walk alone after dark or in isolated areas.  Avoid being alone with strangers, jet ski, taxi, ...
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U.S. Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Regional Benefits Office on February 23, 2017

The following message is to notify U.S. citizens living in The Bahamas that a representative of the U.S. Regional Federal Benefits Office will be in Nassau on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  The officer will have a live Guardian Talk Radio segment on “Morning Blend with Dwight Strachan” on Thursday, February 23, from 7:30-8:30 a.m.  A ...
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Temporary Suspension of Services at U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

The following message is to notify U.S. citizens living in and travelling to the Turks & Caicos Islands that office hours and appointments for routine consular services at the U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales have been temporarily suspended until further notice.  The Embassy hopes to resume services as soon as possible, and apologizes for any ...
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“The Dream” Photo Contest – Entry Deadline Extended

“The Dream” Photo Contest Contest Sponsors “The Dream” Photo Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U. S. Embassy Nassau. Description of Contest Objectives The US Embassy in Nassau invites you to participate in “The Dream”, a digital photography contest that promotes reflection of the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ...
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False U.S. Embassy calls involved in financial scam in The Bahamas

The U.S. Embassy alerts the public that there has been an increase in the number of fraudulent calls to U.S. citizens allegedly from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau requesting the immediate transfer of funds to assist in the urgent medical care of a family member in The Bahamas.  In most scenarios, the caller obtains information, ...
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Nassau Majority Rule Day March (Second Planned Demonstration)

A second planned demonstration is scheduled to take place in Nassau on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, during the Bahamas’ Majority Rule Day holiday, commencing at approximately 7:00 a.m. at Windsor Park, proceeding north on East Street, west on Bay Street, and south on Market Street terminating at the Southern Recreation Ground. Even demonstrations intended to ...
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Nassau Majority Rule Day Protest – January 10, 2017

A planned demonstration is scheduled to take place in Nassau on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, during the Bahamas’ Majority Rule Day holiday, commencing at 10:00 a.m. at Arawak Cay (“Fish Fry”) and proceeding east on Bay Street to Rawson Square (“ Parliament”). Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate to violence. ...
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Security Message: Nassau Black Friday Protest Scheduled for November 25, 2016

A #WeMarch demonstration calling for a 12-hour occupation of Bay Street in Nassau is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 25, 2016, commencing at 1:00 p.m. at Arawak Cay (“Fish Fry”) and proceeding east on Bay Street to Rawson Square (“Parliament”). The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations, ...
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Security Message: Avoid Sand Trap Area in Nassau

U.S. citizens are advised that the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has placed the Sand Trap off limits to Embassy personnel and their families due to the ongoing association with known criminal elements and the recent shooting incident that killed one person and wounded two others. The establishment also is the launching point for various jet ...
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Security Message: Update on Zika Virus in The Bahamas

November 18, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Nassau provides this update of its previous message informing U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for The Bahamas  regarding the Zika virus .  The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects ...
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Travel Warning for The Bahamas Cancelled

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has resumed normal operations following Hurricane Matthew.  The authorized departure of family members of U.S. Embassy employees stationed in Nassau and Freeport has been lifted.  The Travel Warning for all of The Bahamas, including Grand Bahama Island and North Andros, has been cancelled.  This message replaces the Travel Warning issued ...
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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Act now to ensure your vote counts in November! 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 ...
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Grand Bahama Assistance – Hurricane Matthew

U.S. citizens in Grand Bahama who need emergency assistance in returning to the U.S. should make their interest known by meeting with a consular officer on Sunday, October 9th at 2-4 PM at Grand Bahama International Airport’s international terminal. Otherwise, citizens should email 2016StormMatthewEmergencyUSC@state.gov or for those without email access, you may call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444. For ...
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Continued Driving Safety in The Bahamas & Restored U.S. Embassy Nassau Communications

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in New Providence to avoid traveling after dark due to downed power lines and pedestrians using streets.  Avoid routes around crowded gas stations unless necessary due to congestion and reports of occasional tensions due to sometimes long lines. U.S. Embassy Nassau’s communications are also restored.  For emergencies involving U.S. citizens ...
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Limited Communications at U.S. Embassy Nassau – Hurricane Matthew

U.S. citizens in Grand Bahama who need emergency assistance in returning to the U.S. should make their interest known by meeting with a consular officer on Sunday, October 9th at 2-4 PM at Grand Bahama International Airport’s international terminal. Otherwise, citizens should email 2016StormMatthewEmergencyUSC@state.gov or for those without email access, you may call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444. For ...
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LPIA to Reopen – Hurricane Matthew

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. has announced that normal operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau will resume on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Travelers should contact their respective airline for information on individual itineraries. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, ...
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NEMA Issues “All Clear” Following Hurricane Matthew

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of The Bahamas has issued an “all clear.” Similarly, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has lifted the shelter-in-place order for employees and their family members. However, there is extensive damage throughout Nassau, Freeport/Grand Bahama, and other islands. In Nassau, there are downed ...
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Authorized Departure for U.S. Embassy Employees – Hurricane Matthew

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Matthew and recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel OR avoid non-essential travel to the Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and a hurricane warning has been issued.  Hurricane ...
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Hurricane Warning and Watch Issued – Hurricane Matthew

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development and progress of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane warning is now in effect for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Mayaguana, Inagua, ...
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Hurricane Watch Issued – Hurricane Matthew

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development and progress of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane watch has been issued for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, ...
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Hurricane Matthew

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Matthew and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane watch has been issued ...
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American Spaces

The American Corner Nassau is a partnership between the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and the College of The Bahamas. The Corner provides access to current and reliable information about the United States via book collections, the Internet, and through local programming to the general public.  The American Corner serves as an information outpost similar ...
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Tropical Disturbance

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. As of August 24th, a tropical wave over the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico is currently bringing heavy winds and significant rain to those areas. This system could become a tropical storm or tropical depression at any ...
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Zika Virus Reported in New Providence and The Bahamas

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice regarding the Zika virus for the island of New Providence in The Bahamas (which includes the city of Nassau). There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of ...
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Bahamian Media Personality Participates in U.S. Exchange Focused on Social Change Through the Arts

On Monday, August 22, recent International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participant Tracy Ann Perpall, better known as "Tap," met with U.S. Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in a three-week professional exchange focused on "Promoting Social Change through the Arts."
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COB Student Participates in IVLP Exchange for Young Political Leaders

On August 22, Mr.Travis Robinson paid a courtesy call on US Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department funded International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), titled: U.S. Elections: A Project for Young Political Leaders held from July 9-30th in the U.S.
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US Charge Meets with The Bahamas’ CEDAW Representative Marion Bethel

On August 17, Marion Bethel, paid a courtesy call to the U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her recent appointment to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which will run for a period of four years. On June 22, Ms. Bethel was among 11 experts ...
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Zika Virus Reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The United States Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added the Turks and Caicos Islands to  its advisories regarding 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 -INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or ...
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Bahamian Participates in IVLP Exchange Focused on Youth and Community Conflict Resolution

On Friday, June 24th, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson met at the U.S. Embassy with Ms. Kendra Bowe, a recent participant in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  Ms. Bowe, who currently serves as Executive Director at the Simpson C. Penn Foundation, was nominated to participate in the program due to ...
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US Embassy Donates Computers to the Attorney General’s Court Reporting Unit

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Attorney General’s Court Reporting Unit with 28 computers on July 15th in support of The Bahamas’ efforts to strengthen the justice sector.  The donation is the latest in a series of donations designed to increase the Unit’s ability to deliver accurate and ...
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Ministry of National Security Official Honored as a 2016 TIP Hero

This year, Ms. Karen Rigby, Under Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, was recognized as a 2016 TIP Report Hero. In her position, Ms. Rigby advises Bahamian defense and law enforcement agencies on policy and administrative matters, and chairs the government’s Trafficking in Persons Inter-Ministry Committee (TIP Committee). Under Ms. Rigby’s leadership as Chair, ...
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U.S. Embassy and USNORTHCOM Celebrate 4th of July with a Tribute to Motown

n Friday, July 1, the United States Embassy commemorated the 240th Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America by hosting a celebration in Nassau, at Liberty Overlook. The event was held in partnership with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and included more than 400 of the Embassy’s key contacts representing the government, ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Releases the 2015 Human Rights Report

On Wednesday, April 13th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks in Washington, D.C. on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (HRRs). The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights.” In accordance with ...
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Cat Island Students to Participate in the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program in the U.S.

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that six students from Cat Island have been selected to participate in the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program in the United States August 8-26, 2016. The program is fully funded by the U.S. State Department. This year’s Youth Ambassadors are: Ashley Major; Wesinque Emmanuel and Annjerneva Linden, 9th ...
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Personal Security Awareness

This message is to remind U.S. Citizens resident and visiting New Providence Island (Nassau) and Paradise Island to be mindful of their surroundings at all times and employ practical personal security awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime. Over the course of the past six months, the U.S. ...
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DAS for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez Makes Official Visit to The Bahamas

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez made an official two-day visit to The Bahamas April 18-19, 2016. His trip served as an opportunity to meet with senior government officials and highlight the U.S. commitment to The Bahamas and the region.
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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ...
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Two Bahamians Participate in IVLP Exchange Focused on Combating Corruption

The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Department of State sponsored a sub‑regional International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) professional exchange program focused on “Combating Corruption” from March 6 – 16, 2016.  Supreme Court Judge, Justice Bernard Turner and Tribune reporter Khrisna Virgil represented The Bahamas in the program. Other countries represented included Guyana, Jamaica, and Suriname. ...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau Celebrates Women’s History Month

Featuring Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Embassy Nassau marked Women’s History Month with a three-day series of presentations with a cross-section of Bahamian society focused on gender equality, diversity and inclusion by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  Events included ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors 2016 Woman of Courage Award Recipient on International Women’s Day

On Tuesday, March 8, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted a breakfast reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence to honor Embassy Nassau’s 2016 Woman of Courage and nominee for the Secretary’s Award for International Women of Courage.  This year’s honoree is Ms. Marva P. Jervis, Director of the Bahamas HIV/AIDS Centre at the Ministry ...
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U.S. Chargé Tours Royal Bahamas Police Force Police College and K9 Unit

  On February 24, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa A. Johnson toured the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Police Training College and Canine Unit with Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage and Commissioner of Police Mr. Ellison Greenslade.  The purpose of the visit was to see the results of several ongoing projects funded ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Contraband Detection Devices to Bahamas Department of Corrections

Continuing corrections reform cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with three state-of-the-art cell contraband detection devices, valued at approximately $46,000, on February 25.  The equipment—portable devices that detect cell phones, weapons, and contraband—was provided to ...
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U.S. Embassy Trains First Group of Internationally-Certified Addiction Counselors in the Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre marked the end of a joint 15-month, $500,000 project to provide train-the-trainer training for substance use treatment professionals on January 29 at the Public Hospital Authority.  As part of the project, a cadre of 22 substance use treatment professionals from ...
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Handwritten Bahamian Passports No Longer Valid on February 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration announced that on February 19, 2016 all handwritten Bahamians passports will be “canceled and become null and void.”  The Bahamas Information Service additionally advised that all Bahamians, “in possession of those passports should immediately surrender them and obtain an electronic passport.” As a result of this notice, on ...
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Remarks – Official Ceremony for Safeboat Handover to RBPF

Good morning.  Today I am delighted to officially present two 41-foot Apostle Marine Interceptors, built by SafeBoats International, to the Government of The Bahamas. These state-of-the art vessels are being transferred to the Marine Support Services Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to increase its capacity for interdiction operations under Operation Bahamas, Turks and ...
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U.S. Embassy presents AMVER awards to Campbell Shipping Company

On Wednesday, February 17th, Lieutenant Commander Tom Gill, the U.S. Embassy’s Coast Guard Liaison Officer to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, officially recognized award-winning Bahamian flagged vessels under Campbell’s Shipping Company for their strong participation during 2014 in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system. The brief ...
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U.S. and Bahamian Officials Participate in a Formal Handover of Two New Safeboats for the RBPF

On Thursday, February 18, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage participated in the formal handover of two new police interceptor vessels built by Safeboats International for the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Marine Support Services Unit.  The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section donated ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Welcome Reception for Bahamas Fulbright Scholar

On Friday, January 29th, the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown hosted a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in honor of the 2015-2016 Bahamas Fulbright Scholar Dr. Amelia Moore, PhD.  Dr. Moore currently serves as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island.  On ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Young Marine Explorers to Host Leadership Workshop for NGO’s

From March – May 2016, the Young Marine Explorers (YME) organization will facilitate a unique learning opportunity for CEO’s and executive directors of Bahamian non-profit organizations focused on management skills and leadership capacity.  Under the theme, “Elevate,” YME will offer a free, four-session workshop designed to cover strategic planning, effective management, fundraising, marketing, board development ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Winners of the 10th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nationwide Essay Contest

The United States Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest.  The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to explore the life of Dr. King and his impact on the civil rights movement.  The contest attracted participation from high school ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Cyber Crime Traning for the Royal Bahamas Police Force

In an effort to bolster The Bahamas’ ability to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) collaborated to deliver cyber-crime training for 16 RBPF Officers January 19-21 in Nassau.  The cyber vulnerability assessment ...
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National Center for State Courts and Judiciary Partner on Judicial Writing Workshop

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Chief Justice partnered together to deliver a Written and Oral Judgments Workshop for approximately 50 Supreme and Appeals Court Judges, Registrars, and Magistrates January 8-9 in Nassau.  The workshop was funded by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section through the Caribbean ...
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U.S. Embassy Personnel Prohibited from Using Jet-Ski Rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to The Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being victims of crime. Since July 2014, there have been five sexual assaults of U.S. citizens by jet-ski operators in Nassau, the most recent on January 2, ...
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Op-Ed – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Imagine three women anywhere in the world: a celebrity, a friend, a family member.  Research suggests that one of these three women will be the victim of gender-based violence at some point during her lifetime.  Violence against women is a global epidemic, and every one of us, whether we are aware of it or not, ...
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The U.S. Embassy and Special Olympics Bahamas Partner to Host Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. Embassy Nassau volunteers led by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson partnered with Special Olympics Bahamas on Saturday, September 26th to honor the legacy of the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, celebrated around the world annually, once again the grounds ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Consular Appreciation Reception

On September 15th, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section held a reception at Liberty Overlook in appreciation of its key partners who support safe and responsible travel as well as provide services to assist American citizens in The Bahamas.  The event served as an opportunity to recognize some of the Embassy’s most critical and helpful contacts. U.S ...
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Remarks – Consular Appreciation Reception

Good evening.  Protocol having been established, it is a pleasure to welcome all of you this evening.  I would like to take a minute to say a few words about why we have invited each of you here tonight. The primary mission of U.S. embassies around the world is to promote the safety and welfare of ...
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National Center for State Courts Partners with Police and Prosecutors on Criminal Gang Investigation and Prosecution Workshop

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Ministries of Legal Affairs and National Security partnered to deliver a Criminal Gang Investigation and Prosecution Workshop for more than 40 ministry officials, public prosecutors, police investigators, and corrections officers August 6-7 in Nassau.  The workshop was funded by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law ...
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Bahamian Forestry Officer Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on Environmental Protection

On Tuesday, July 29, Ministry of the Environment Forestry Officer Danielle Hanek paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on “Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation.” Ms. Hanek, the only participant from the Caribbean region was joined by conservationists ...
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Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau congratulates the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on its Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 TIP Report.  We commend the government for its efforts to strengthen anti-trafficking law enforcement, protect trafficking victims, and inform the public and potential victims about trafficking. This Tier 1 ranking means that the ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Hosts Roundtable with Women Leaders in Law Enforcement

On Wednesday, July 22, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted a roundtable discussion at Liberty Overlook with Bahamian women in law enforcement and the justice sector.  The meeting, facilitated by the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section, included women leaders from the Ministry of National Security, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Customs ...
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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Bahamian Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as you celebrate 42 years of independence on July 10. The Bahamas is a trusted partner and friend.  Your country’s abundant natural beauty is why Americans, such as Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther ...
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Remarks – Official Fourth of July Ceremony to Commemorate 239th Anniversary of Independence

Your Excellency, Mr. Acting Prime Minister, distinguished guests, good evening. On behalf of the U.S. Mission to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, thank you for joining us this evening as we celebrate the two hundred and thirty-ninth anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. I would like to acknowledge all the members ...
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The U.S. Embassy and USNORTHCOM Celebrate the 4th of July with a Tribute to the American Southwest

On Thursday, July 2, the United States Embassy commemorated the 239th Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America by hosting a celebration in Nassau, at Liberty Overlook.  The event was held in partnership with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and included more than 500 of the Embassy’s key contacts representing the government, the ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Releases the 2014 Human Rights Report

On Thursday, June 25, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks in Washington, D.C. on the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (HRRs).  The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights.”  In accordance with ...
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Remarks – Southern Bahamas Disaster Conference

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson Good evening.  It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to the latest in our series of joint Bahamian- United States Disaster Resilience Conferences.   Recent events continue to highlight the urgent need to ensure that our citizens — Bahamian and American — are prepared to deal ...
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Welcome Reception Onboard the USCG Cutter EAGLE

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.  Thank you for joining us to welcome the United States Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE, along with her captain and crew to The Bahamas. The visit of this beautiful vessel, the sole U.S. government tall ship in active service, highlights the strong friendship shared between the United States and The Bahamas.  I ...
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Remarks – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Your Excellency, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers Nottage and Bell, distinguished guests, good morning. I would like to thank you all for joining us on this solemn occasion.  We are here today to honor our service members, to remember their courage and selfless dedication, and to say thank you ...
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New Security Measures at U.S. Embassy Expected to Impact U.S. Visa Applicants

On May 15, new security measures will be implemented at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau that are expected to impact the U.S. visa application process.  To better streamline security screening, the U.S. Embassy will no longer provide storage services for restricted articles that are not allowed to be brought into the building.  Under the new ...
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The U.S. Embassy Provides The Bahamas with $2.7M to Bolster Transnational Security

On Monday, April 27, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson joined Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration The Hon. Fred Mitchell in an official signing ceremony to further strengthen the joint efforts of the United States and The Bahamas in addressing transnational security challenges.  Chargé Johnson and Minister Mitchell formally signed the Seventh Amendment to ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Addresses Women Leaders at Zonta Club of Nassau’s Monthly Meeting

On April 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson addressed Zonta Club of Nassau’s monthly luncheon meeting held at Luciano’s of Chicago’s restaurant on East Bay Street.  In her remarks, Chargé Johnson commended the women in attendance for their continued efforts to advance the status of women in The Bahamas.  She also lauded Zonta Club’s partnerships ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors National High School Science Exhibit Competition to Celebrate Earth Day

In observance of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the United States Embassy partnered with Romauld Ferreria of Ferreira & Company to hold a one-day national high school science exhibit and competition under the theme, “It’s Our Turn to Lead” at the Paul Farquharson Conference Room at the Royal Bahamas Police Headquarters. The ...
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Remarks – Zonta Club Presentation

Good afternoon.  President Bernadette Gibson and members of the Zonta Club of Nassau, thank you for inviting me to speak today.  First, I would like to commend the Zonta Club and all of you for your efforts to advance the status of women in The Bahamas and worldwide.  I have heard about your work and ...
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Op-Ed: Commemoration of Earth Day

Op-ed by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson On April 22, the United States will join countries around the world in commemorating the 45th anniversary of “Earth Day.”  This day gives us the chance to stop and think about the serious impact that climate change could have on our communities, and to recommit ourselves individually and ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Makes First Official Familiarization Visit to Eleuthera

On April 12-14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives, visited Eleuthera for a three-day visit that included courtesy calls on island administrators, local government officials and key partners and stakeholders in the business, trade and industrial sectors.  During the meetings, Chargé Johnson engaged in productive discussions on areas of mutual interest ...
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U.S. Embassy Marks Delivery of 15-Passenger Van to YESI Bahamas

On March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson visited Gambier Village in New Providence to mark the delivery of a 15-passenger van to Youth Empowerment through Soccer International (YESI) in The Bahamas.  She was accompanied by Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs Susan Snyder and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Grants $25,000 to the Bahamas Association for Social Health to Combat Substance Abuse

On Tuesday, March 24, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section awarded the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) a $25,000 grant to implement an anti-drug media campaign targeting at-risk populations in The Bahamas.  BASH submitted the winning proposal for an openly-competed small grant competition.  The grant was awarded at BASH’s ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Presents Royal Bahamas Police Force with Interceptor Vessel to Bolster Maritime Security

On Monday, March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, accompanied by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs Susan Snyder and other senior U.S. Government officials, participated in a formal handover ceremony of a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped 41’ Apostle Interceptor police vessel to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) ...
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Safeboat Handing Over and Commissioning Ceremony

Official Handing Over and Commissioning Ceremony of the 410 Apostle Interceptor Police Vessel Lisa A. Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Good Afternoon. Minister Nottage, Acting Commissioner Ferguson, I would like to begin by saying how happy I am to be able to officially present and hand over this, the second, 41-foot Safe Boat Apostle Marine Interceptor ...
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Bahamian Attorney Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on Children in the U.S. Justice System

On Monday, March 16, youth activist, policy adviser and Bahamian attorney Tavarrie Smith paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on “Children in the U.S. Justice System.”  Mr. Smith, an attorney at Messrs. Bostwick & ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Black History Month with National High School Essay Contest Honoring Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the ninth consecutive year, the United States Embassy in Nassau launched a national high school essay contest in observance of Black History Month to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked hard to highlight the importance of equality and human rights for all regardless of race, gender, religion, ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Disability Rights Activist with Prestigious Woman of Courage Award

On Friday, March 6, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson hosted a reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of Ms. Sheila Culmer, U.S. Embassy Nassau’s nominee for the 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage (IWOC).  Among the invited guests on hand for the event were Mrs. Anne Marie Davis, wife of ...
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Bahamian Journalist Participates in U.S. State Department Sponsored IVLP Exchange Focused on Investigative Journalism

On Wednesday, February 18, Bahamian journalist Travis Cartwright-Carroll paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on “Investigative Journalism.”  Travis, a journalist at The Nassau Guardian, participated in the professional exchange held in the United States ...
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C.R. Walker Knights Shine during Poetry and Spoken Word Performance Featuring Internationally Renowned Poet Omekongo Dibinga

From February 2-6, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with American poet, author, and motivational speaker, Omekongo Dibinga of UPstander International, facilitated a five-day workshop focused on poetry and spoken word with over fifty students in grades 10-12 at C.R. Walker High School.  Through his work, Mr. Dibinga inspires people, in particular youth populations, to take ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Royal Bahamas Police Force Training on Tactical Medical Techniques

As part of continuing cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to provide Tactical Medical Training to 39 Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers from January 21-22, 2015. DEA and ...
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Bahamian Attorney Participates in State Department Sponsored Exchange Focused on Women in Politics

On Friday, January 23, Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” held in the United States from October 20 – November ...
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U.S. Embassy Staff brings Christmas Cheer to Children of Nazareth Centre

On Thursday, December 18, American and Bahamian staff from the U.S. Embassy gathered at the Nazareth Centre to participate in a festive holiday event bringing yuletide cheer to 42 of the home’s children. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson and Embassy staff participated in the program that treated the children to snacks and a special appearance ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands

On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office. On Monday, December 15, ...
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International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Good morning.  It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to today’s seminar on preventing and responding to gender-based violence. This seminar, which will be replicated tomorrow on five family islands, is the result of months of collaboration between the U.S. Embassy, the Pan-American Development Foundation, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Ministry of Education, ...
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Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the U.S. Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) and The Interdiction Committee (TIC) traveled to New Providence to present the 2013 USIC Award in the Joint Operations category to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT).  OPBAT is the first-ever recipient of the prestigious award in this category.  The annual USIC awards recognize significant ...
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U.S. Interdiction Coordinator Awards Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Good morning.  It is a pleasure to be here as we recognize the accomplishments of a three-decade long partnership, Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, better known as OPBAT.  The counter-narcotics cooperation our countries enjoy is essential for our citizens, our prosperity, and our mutual security.  We do ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Training for Drug Treatment Professionals

With funding from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section is partnering with the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center to create a cadre of internationally certified drug treatment personnel in The Bahamas. As part of this program, the first two-week train-the-trainer training of the Universal Treatment Curriculum ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with JBLN and Major League Baseball for Youth Outreach Clinics

From October 30 to November 2, the United States Embassy and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) partnered to host a series of youth baseball clinics and presentations conducted by former Major League Baseball (MLB) players Elias Sosa and Armando Rios.  Elias Sosa currently serves as the Latin American Coordinator for MLB International.  He ...
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Community Leader Participates in a State Department Sponsored Exchange on NGO Management Strategies in the U.S.

On October 27, Ms. Tehranique Miller, Executive Director of the iCan non-profit organization paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “NGO Management in the United States,”  held September 2-19, 2014.  Ms. Miller was selected for ...
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Bahamian Entrepreneur Participates in IVLP Exchange to Promote Social Entrepreneurship

On October 28, Mr. Jaime Lewis, founder and president of Islandz Tours, paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson following his recent participation in the U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program,  “Changemakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.” from August 10 – 29,  2014.  The professional exchange ...
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U.S. Embassy Presents RBPF with State-of-the-Art Digital Fingerprint Technology

Continuing cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the United States Government and twelve CARICOM nations, including The Bahamas, recently partnered to implement the CBSI Digital Fingerprint Program to assist in regional crime fighting initiatives. The state-of-the-art $1.8M regional project was designed to provide Caribbean countries with the capability to collect, store, and analyze ...
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U.S. Embassy Presents Local NGO’s with PEPFAR Small Grants to Support the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Tuesday, October 14, U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Health officials participated in a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Health to announce the recipients of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) small grants program.  The U.S. Embassy’s Political/Economic and Commercial Chief David Allen was on hand for the event along with health ...
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Op-Ed: International Day of the Girl

“From Asia to Europe, from Africa to the Americas, nations that have embraced the ideas of equality and inclusion have emerged more stable, peaceful, and prosperous.  When countries empower girls to pursue their dreams, they not only fulfill a basic moral obligation, they also realize more fully their social and economic potential.” These words ring ...
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US Embassy’s Abaco Youth Ambassadors Host Community Dialogue on Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities

On September 24, the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Ambassadors representing the island of Abaco held an engaging community dialogue to promote social inclusion of Bahamians living with intellectual disabilities during a one-day forum at the Office of the Prime Minister in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The community service project coordinated by the youth ambassadors was a direct ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Bahamian Law Enforcement Officials with Advanced Training on Port Security

Continuing U.S.-Bahamian partnership on issues of mutual concern, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) partnered to provide ten Bahamian Police Force, Defense Force, Customs, and Immigration officers with advanced training on port security September 14-20 at the Port of Miami (PortMiami).  The Bahamian ...
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PADF and Ministry of Education “Law Day” Initiative Helps Bahamian Youth Learn about Laws, Legal Process and Civic Participation

On October 2, 2014, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ Department of Education’s Guidance and Counseling Unit launched  a series of experiential learning initiatives designed to familiarize youths with the country’s laws, develop ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Local Organizations to Promote Social Inclusion at the Fifth Annual EKS Day Celebration

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Embassy partnered with Special Olympics Bahamas to host the annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence on Saturday, September 27.  As in years passed, the front lawn of the residence was transformed into a “Mini Camp Shriver” where hundreds of Special Olympics Bahamas athletes ...
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U.S. Embassy Law Enforcement Officials Strengthen Cooperation with Bahamian Counterparts during OPBAT Training in Exuma

As part of continuing U.S.-Bahamian bilateral cooperation under Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the United States Embassy’s Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section teamed up to provide more than twenty Royal Bahamas Police Force officers from the Drug Enforcement and Marine Support Units advanced tactical training ...
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Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Working Group Conference Opening Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters I want to take this opportunity to thank the Government of the Bahamas for hosting this Technical Working Group, and for their hospitality to all of the participants and presenters here with us.  I also want to thank all of you for participating ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Addresses Official Opening of the Northern Bahamas Disaster Conference Supported by USNORTHCOM

On Tuesday, September 23, Acting Prime Minister Philip Davis, United States Chargè d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, and Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Captain Stephen Russell along with other senior U.S. and Bahamian government officials, participated in the official opening of the North and Central Bahamas Disaster Conference held at the Melia Nassau ...
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Remarks: AMCHAM Reception

Remarks by U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson Good evening, and welcome to Liberty Overlook.  This grand estate has been the official residence of the American Ambassador to The Bahamas for decades, and is a tangible symbol of the United States’ commitment to The Bahamas as one of our closest partners in this part of ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Consular Reception

On Wednesday, September 17, the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section held a reception at Liberty Overlook in appreciation of its key partners who support safe travel and provide services to assist American citizens in The Bahamas.  The event served as an opportunity to recognize some of the Embassy’s most critical and helpful contacts. U.S Chargé d’Affaires ...
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Remarks: Consular Appreciation Reception

Good evening.  Protocol having been established, it is a pleasure to be with you this evening.  I would like to take just a minute to say a few words on why we have invited each of you here tonight. The primary mission of any U.S. Embassy around the world is to promote the safety and ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Three-Day Conference on Women’s Leadership

On September 10-12, 2014, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy Nassau hosted a three-day conference focused on“Achieving Social Equity: Empowering Women and Youth Politically, Socially, and Economically” in Nassau with Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever as the invited speaker.  Dr. Jones-DeWeever has held positions in a variety of highly esteemed organizations and governmental institutions ...
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Changes in Fees for U.S. Consular Services Effective September 12, 2014

On August 28, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced changes to the fees for some U.S. consular services.  The new fees will go into effect on September 12. The fees for visitor (B1/B2) and student (F1/M1/J1) visas were not affected by the change and will remain the same. The Bureau of Consular Affairs, ...
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U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau.  The week-long program ...
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American Corner Open House for Librarians and Library Staff

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Librarians and library staff from public libraries and government school libraries attended an American Corner open house. U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission John Armstrong addressed the attendees and discussed the important influence of public libraries especially in small communities.  College of The Bahamas Librarian Dr. Berthamae Walker delivered ...
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Fisk University Officials Visit The Bahamas

On June 24, 2014 during a week-long visit to The Bahamas, Fisk University President Dr. H. James Williams, First Lady Carole Campbell-Williams, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Edwina Harris Hamby paid a courtesy call to U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Neda Brown.  The visit was an opportunity to discuss President Obama’s 100,000 Strong ...
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United States of America Highlighted During the 2014 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade

The close friendship between The United States of America and its neighbor, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, was prominently depicted by some of the major Junkanoo groups that participated in the 2014 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade in Nassau, The Bahamas, on the morning of January 1, 2014. The U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of ...
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