Senior U.S. State Department Official Visits Belize

Belmopan—Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Julie Chung of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs visited Belize on October 27-28.  This is PDAS Chung’s first visit to Belize, where she met with key government and private sector leaders and underscored the strength and importance of the partnership between Belize and the United States. PDAS ... Read More»

U.S. grants support good governance initiatives in Belize

Belmopan—The U.S. Embassy announced the recipients of the 2019 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants during an award ceremony on October 9, 2019.  The three grants, totaling $750,000 USD, support good governance, using civil society engagement to strengthen government effectiveness.  The United States has invested more than $42 million USD ... Read More»

Secretary of State Pompeo’s Statement on Belize’s Independence Day

On behalf of the government and people of the United States of America, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Belize on the 38th anniversary of your independence, September 21. There is much to celebrate this year, as Belize held a historic National Referendum and strengthened disaster resiliency with partner nations across the Caribbean and ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Visits Belize

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch traveled to Belize to review consular operations and to meet with the Government of Belize representatives, as well as the U.S. Embassy team, on August 29-30. The Assistant Secretary underscored the United States’ deep and sustained commitment on a variety of consular issues, including the welfare ... Read More»

Foreign Service Officer Test

The Embassy of the United States of America announces that applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State. One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which is administered worldwide at various ... Read More»

Remarks by Keith Gilges, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Youth Ambassadors Program Alumni Seminar August 16, 2019

Good evening.  It gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to join you here on this special occasion as we kick off Belize’s first Youth Ambassadors Program Alumni Seminar.  I am impressed by today’s turnout—thank you, the Love Foundation and Belize Alumni Association, for spearheading this important initiative.  As you might know, Belize joined ... Read More»

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship Applications Opening Soon

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program will open in August.  Please see the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative website for updates and application information. ECA has increased the number of Young Leaders of the Americas ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges’ Remarks at the 243rd Independence Day Celebration

Welcome and Good Afternoon. My special thanks to our private sector sponsors: American Airlines; Best Western Belize Biltmore Hotel; Bowen & Bowen; eData Ltd.; Madisco Food & Beverage; Karl H. Menzies, Ltd.; Madisco Food & Beverage; Ramada Princess Hotel & Casino; Sabido & Company; Southwest Airlines; the Twin Palms Inn; United Airlines; and Valley of ... Read More»

U.S. Government Sponsors Advance Precursor Chemical Investigation Training

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a Chemical Diversion and Precursor Chemical Investigations Course from April 29 – May 10, 2019.  The two-week advanced training provided the regulatory framework and investigative and operational procedures for dealing with pharmaceutical diversion and chemical precursor proliferation, ultimately promoting citizen security in Belize. Eighteen police officers from the Criminal ... Read More»

Admiral Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Visits Belize

Admiral Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Visits Belize U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), is visiting Belize May 8-10 and meeting with civilian and military leaders in order to discuss bilateral security cooperation with Belizean counterparts in support of regional peace and Western Hemisphere stability.  Belize and the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Belize Wonder Woman!

BELIZE’S WONDER WOMAN! The Women Who Help Make Belize Great! We are proud to announce that, for the month of June, Dina Halsall is our Belize Wonder Woman! Dina, along with the Ascenthium Band, is leading awareness through music to a fundamental issue such as Mental Health.  At the age of 25, she is the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy visit to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and the Embassy representatives recently traveled to the Chiquibul. They visited the Caracol Archaeological Park, the Chiquibul National Park and the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Dr. Allan Moore and Nich Belize colleagues, as well as Dr. Chase of University of Nevada – Las Vegas, warmly welcomed us at the Caracol Archaeological ... Read More»

Combating Gender-Based Violence through Partnership

On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Embassy hosted the launch of Marie Sharp’s brand new “Pure Love” pineapple habanero pepper sauce that aspires to combat gender-based violence. The proceeds of the sale of “Pure Love” will go to Haven House–a non-profit domestic violence shelter–directly benefiting victims of gender-based violence and empowering them to take control ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hands Over Ambulance and Medical Equipment to Belize Coast Guard

On February 12, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Keith Gilges represented the United States Government as he handed over an ambulance, lifesaving medical equipment, and the two-year supply of parts and service equipment, valued nearly $128,000 BZD, to the Belize Coast Guard. Admiral Borland represented the Government and people of Belize, emphasizing the strong friendship between our ... Read More»

Summer Term of the American English E-Teacher Program

Registration for the Summer Term of the American English E-Teacher program is now open. Regular Courses: Seven different courses will be offered this time around as detailed in the list below. Click on the links to access course descriptions. Teaching Grammar Communicatively (TGC) Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture (ICT) Content-Based Instruction (CBI) Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom (ET) Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) *Young learners 3-10 years old. Professional Development for Teacher Trainers (PDTT) TESOL Methodology Sponsored section:  the course description is available on the following link. ... Read More»

United States Government continues to support the Caribbean in Managing impacts of natural disasters

In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the United States Government delivered a US $2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency ... Read More»

Unites States Government improves region’s ability to general improved climate data and information

On December 3, the United States Government handed over approximately US $500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-art server; computer workstations; relevant software, and other equipment, to the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs). The information systems store and process climate related data and will be used by decision makers; government policy makers; members of ... Read More»

U.S. Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Belmopan — President Trump on November 29 granted a partial waiver to Belize from U.S. foreign assistance restrictions for those countries rated as Tier 3 in the U.S. 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report. Per the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, the Department of State reports on and ranks the efforts ... Read More»

FTC Challenges Massive Overseas Real Estate Investment Operation Harming American Consumers

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a  federal district court in Maryland issued an order temporarily shutting down  the largest overseas real estate investment scam the FTC has ever targeted. According to the FTC, the scam was established by Andris Pukke, a recidivist scammer currently living in California, and he perpetuated it even while serving a prison sentence for obstruction of justice. The alleged scheme took ... Read More»

G.R.E.A.T. Instructor Training Closing Ceremony

On Wednesday October 24, 2018, 38 police officers – 23 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador – became new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructors.  The G.R.E.A.T. program is one of the many tools the United States is supporting in Belize, and the Central American region, to improve citizen security, decrease impunity, and ... Read More»

United States and Belize Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

On Tuesday October 16,  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize.  Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George ... Read More»

2018 CARSI ESF Grant Signing Ceremony

2018 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants support civil society and good governance initiatives The U.S. Embassy announced the recipients of the 2018 Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Fund (CARSI-ESF) grants during an award ceremony on Thursday, September 27, 2018.  The four grants are valued at a total ... Read More»

Creating Economic Prosperity in the Jewel-2018 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program from Belize.  This program will take place in September-October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. Belize’s 2018 YLAI Fellows are: ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Energy Forum

On September 6, the U.S. Embassy hosted an Energy Forum “Spotlight on Belize’s Electricity Sector” in Belize City.  The forum was an ideal opportunity for government and private sector representatives from both countries to learn each other’s priorities, explore items of mutual interest, and highlight areas for development in the electricity sector. The forum featured ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location: Southside Belize City, Belize Event: On September 4th, Belize’s Governor General declared a state of emergency for areas of Southside Belize City. The state of emergency is effect for the next thirty days. Police and Belize Defense Force will enforce check points throughout the south side and have increased authorities to detain individuals. Actions ... Read More»

Foreign Service Officer Test

The Embassy of the United States of America announces that applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State. One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which is administered worldwide at various ... Read More»

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment to Ministry of National Security

At a ceremony held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters on August 28, the U.S. Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment to the Belize Coast Guard and counter-narcotics equipment and a secondary entry control point to the Belize Defense Force.  The U.S. Embassy’s Senior Defense Official Lieutenant/Defense Attaché Colonel Eldridge Singleton, Belize Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Johnny ... Read More»

U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Meets with Government of Belize

U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Meets with Prime Minister Barrow and Foreign Minister Elrington on the Crisis in Nicaragua and Other Regional Security Concerns On August 8, 2018, U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Ambassador Todd Robinson met with Prime Minister Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Honorable Wilfred Elrington to discuss our ... Read More»

Belize’s Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign on the Question of Referring Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice

On July 5,  the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of  #Belize  launched a project to support Belize’s Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign on the Question of Referring Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice. This grant, worth $250,000 USD, is funded through the U.S. Government’s Central America Regional Security Initiative ( #CARSI ) ... Read More»

LGBTI Pride Month- Statement By Secretary Pompeo

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release   Statement By Secretary Pompeo June 1, 2018 LGBTI Pride Month The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including ... Read More»

An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20. This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy. Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Belmopan Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Belize announces a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen civil society and civil servant capacity through partnership. For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit www.grants.gov and search for “Belmopan.” All grant proposals MUST be submitted on the grants.gov website. Closing date for proposal submission: June 4th, 2018. Contingent upon ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Exceptional Belizeans

Celebrating Exceptional Belizeans! Take a moment be inspired, be empowered, and follow great examples! For the month of April, we are excited to feature Mr. Kentin Flowers as our Exceptional Belizean!! In 2010, Kentin Flowers experienced a major spinal injury that changed his life forever. After the accident, he spent two months in the hospital ... Read More»

Women’s Month Motivational Outreach

To commemorate Women’s Month, on March 15, the Embassy held a motivational outreach with inmates at the Belize Central Prison. We engaged perpetrators of crime and violence to help self-identify the root causes of violent behavior and to share the resources available for rehabilitation, stressing the importance of support networks. Chargé d ’Affaires Adrienne Galanek ... Read More»

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Outreach

The Embassy continues to support and encourage young Belizeans to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Public Affairs Section organized a motivational session with students in Belize City. Belizean Biochemistry Researcher and PhD student at UCLA in California Aimee Flores shared her experience and motivated students at the Anglican Cathedral College about STEAM fields.  She ... Read More»

U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase

U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35 Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors Program

The Public Affairs Section conducted a pre-departure briefing for nine students and one mentor before they participate on the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program. The Youth Ambassadors Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds ... Read More»

Gang Prevention and Intervention

U.S. Mission Belize hosted Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director of  Homeboy Industries  in Los Angeles from October 22-27, 2017. Mr. Verdugo conducted a week-long outreach program to empower Belizean youths on gang prevention, intervention and the importance of education .  Through a series of meetings, small round tables, public forums, school presentations, and  local television appearances, he engaged the ... Read More»

Women in Politics

U.S. Mission Belize hosted Dr. Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers- Camden Scholar,  Center for American Women and Politics, Rutegers-New Brunswicka from August 27- September 2, 2017. She conducted a week-long outreach program to inspire and empower women to take on political leadership roles in Belize.  Through a series of small round tables, public ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Belize Screen on the Green 2018

U.S. Embassy Belmopan partnered with the Belmopan City Council to commemorate and launch the fourth annual Belize Screen on the Green monthly movie series with the screening of the movie “MOANA.” The screening focused on Environment and Culture. The Belize Screen on the Green Movie Series program was created four years ago to promote citizen ... Read More»

United States and Belize Sign Cultural Property Agreement  and Repatriate Belizean Cultural Property

On February 23, the Government of the United States and the Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize. The Agreement solidifies the collaboration between the United States and Belize to combat looting and trafficking of cultural objects in Belize. The Government ... Read More»

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment to Belize Ministry of Defence

On Monday February 12, the United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the Belize Coast Guard.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Defence Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Felix Enriquez represented the governments and people of the United States and ... Read More»

Remarks: Centers for Disease Control Lab Equipment Handover

Chargé d’Affaires, Adrienne Galanek’s Remarks Centers for Disease Control Lab Equipment Handover January 31,  2018   Thank you all for joining us on this exciting day.  In particular, let me recognize CEO Figueroa, CEO of Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital Dr. Coye, Director of Health Services, Dr. Manzanero, Director of the Central Medical Lab Dr. Morazan and ... Read More»

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Donates Equipment to the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize to Improve Testing for Viruses

On January 31, the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a thermocycler for real-time testing as well as initial supplies and support for training, valued at approximately USD $150,000.  The equipment will allow for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, including ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Tsunami Warning

The NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 occurred north of Honduras at 8:52pm Central time on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Based on all available data, hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts.  Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above tide level are possible for ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ... Read More»

U. S. Government Funds RET International Project to Combat Gender-Based Violence andTrafficking in Persons

On November 29, RET International launched its newest project “Strengthening the Government-Civil Society Partnership for Timely, Transparent Response to Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP)” at the George Price Center in Belmopan.  The U.S. Embassy is funding this two-year democratic governance project valued at approximately $300,000 USD through a Central American Regional Security ... Read More»

U.S. Government Expands and Upgrades Belize’s Automated Fingerprint Information System

Belmopan — On December 4, the U.S. Embassy transferred 14 new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) terminals, valued at approximately $430,000 USD, to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department.  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and Minister of State for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon signed the official handover documents at Police Headquarters ... Read More»

Forensic Interview Training for Victims of Human Trafficking

The U.S. Embassy, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, provided training on Forensic Interviewing Techniques for Victims of Human Trafficking to over 65 Government of Belize officials from five different agencies: Human Services; Police; Immigration; Customs; and Department of Public Prosecutions. The Embassy continues to support the Government of Belize’s efforts to reduce human ... Read More»

G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program – G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 was held at the BTL Park in Belize City on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  The sporting competition is supported by the U.S. Embassy through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section, which provides equipment, uniforms and trophies for ... Read More»

Speaker Program- Investigative Journalism and Ethical Reporting

U.S. Mission Belize hosted Kendis Gibson, a Belizean-American journalist and an anchor with the ABC network in the United States from October 4-8, 2017.  He conducted a series of forums, training media professionals and inspired youths to stay in school and pursue careers in journalism, writing, reporting, or media in general. The program was a ... Read More»

2017 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF)

2017 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants support civil society and good governance initiatives  Belmopan—On Friday, September 29, 2017, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Funds (CARSI ESF).  The U.S. Embassy partnered with five organizations and signed ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Belize who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ... Read More»

Foreign Service Officer Test

Foreign Service Officer Test The Embassy of the United States of America hereby announces that applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State. One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which ... Read More»

Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

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 will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that those ... Read More»

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots 5 October 2016

Don’t wait; return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8. U.S. citizens who want to participate in ... Read More»

Speaker Program- Women in Politics

Visiting International Information Program (IIP) speaker, Assistant Professor of political science Dr. Kelly Dittmar, conducted a week-long outreach program to inspire and empower women to take on political leadership roles in Belize.  Through a series of small round tables, public forums, school presentations, local television appearances, and the National Women in Politics Conference, Dr. Dittmar ... Read More»
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