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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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