WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2014) – The Pan American Development Foundationlaunched a multi-year initiative to enhance anti-violence and crime efforts in the Bahamas, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. With support from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), PADF is working with police, government ministries and civil society on social crime prevention among for “at-risk” youth.
A key component of the program is developing community-driven strategies for addressing crime, while working regionally to apply lessons learned and ensure sustainability. The ultimate goal is to identify lasting solutions to citizen security through preventive measures that avoid problems before they happen.
It is focused on:
- Enhancing the capacity of young people, police and justice sector officials to work together on crime prevention.
- Building mutual trust between these groups to identify and anticipate the common causes of crime before it happens.
In March 2014, PADF completed a comprehensive needs assessment that looked at the reasons behind common crime trends, and current approaches to address them, in the Caribbean basin. The results of this assessment have been carefully reviewed with local stakeholders from police and community organizations, and form the foundation of the focus of PADF’s current approach during the launch.
Next steps will involve the accreditation of key program staff at local host government agencies that take on the crime prevention efforts, and oversee implementation in key “hot spots” where crime is most intense within the field.
As a result of this initiative, local institutions where PADF works are already incorporating social crime prevention into their internal agendas and priorities, while also making them an integral part of training courses for government officials and young people.
PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic development programs for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil society and community groups in support of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2013, it helped more than 10 million people in 23 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, Suriname and Honduras, and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
About the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
INL advises other U.S. government departments on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. Their efforts seek to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the U.S., as well as the impact of international crime.
For more information on the application, program details, and other issues, please contact:
Programs Director, Caribbean
Organization of American States Building
1889 F Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20006