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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

The U.S. Embassy is accepting call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small and Large Grants Program.  The deadline for submitting project proposals to the Embassy is December 3, 2018. Through the AFCP program, the U.S. Department of State supports projects that preserve  major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ) ...
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Celebrating Young Belizean Entrepreneurs

Celebrating Young Entrepreneurs!🎉 For the month of November, we are excited to feature Eider Romero as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Business project, to business owner. Young Entrepreneur and U.S. Alumni  Eider Romero launched  ER’S Icy Treats  after a successful business project turned into family business in 2012. Eider participated in the U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassadors Program in 2014, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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