Despite a population of just 1.3 million, the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has more than 100 gangs. It also has the tenth highest murder rate in the world, according to the United Nations. PADF is partnering with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to prevent crime before it happens through community outreach. The Resistance and Prevention Program, or RAPP, is active in Trinidad, The Bahamas and Suriname. © The Pan American Development Foundation www.padf.org
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is implementing a crime prevention program called the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) in the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. The program uses a custom curriculum to train police officers, justice officials, social workers and educators to work together to address the root causes of crime in local communities.
Loukeisha Cartwright teaches history at , C.C. Sweeting High School in the Bahamas. As part of the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) she successfully led her students through a mock court, where they portrayed real-life judicial scenarios to two their classmates. Based in the New Providence cities of Bain Town and Grants Town, C.C. Sweeting has a diverse population of about 800 students who mainly come from low-income families.
To help address gender-based violence challenges, the Pan American Development Foundation’s Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) is collaborating with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to commemorate the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. One of the activities to be held during these 16 days is a course on Social Crime Prevention in the Bahamas.
This segment on The Bahamas Tonight profiles PADF's Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), which is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). The program works with police, government ministries and civil society organizations on social crime prevention for at-risk youth.