The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) is a shared security partnership started in 2010. CBSI programs support efforts to reduce illicit trafficking, increase citizen security, and promote crime prevention. CBSI programs complement the security pillar of the U.S. – Caribbean 2020 Strategy. CBSI members include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Belize, Haiti and other Caribbean islands such as Montserrat and the Dutch islands are observers only.
The Caribbean is a heavy trafficking route for cocaine and other contraband from South America. Building the law enforcement and interdiction capacities of our Caribbean partners helps them stop illicit flows before they reach U.S. borders. By developing these capacities, partner countries also can hold perpetrators accountable and deter future criminal activity that might harm U.S. citizens at home and as tourists to the Caribbean.