Designation of Former Belizean Minister John Saldivar for Involvement in Significant Corruption  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON Designation of Former Belizean Minister John Birchman Saldivar for Involvement in Significant Corruption The United States is designating former Belizean Minister John Birchman Saldivar for his involvement in significant corruption. Specifically, Saldivar accepted bribes for the improper acquisition of Belizean immigration documents …

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United States Provides Another Donation of Emergency Hurricane Relief Assistance to Belize

Ladyville – The U.S. Embassy is working closely with the Government of Belize to provide critical humanitarian aid to Belizean communities devastated by Hurricane Lisa. Today, on behalf of the American people, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones met with Chair of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Foreign Assistance Committee Ambassador Amalia Mai and NEMO …

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United States Donates Technical Equipment to Improve Case Management in Belize’s Judicial System

Belize City – As part of ongoing U.S. support for Belize’s judicial reform efforts, the U.S. Embassy today donated office and computer equipment to the judiciary to aid in creating enhanced efficiencies in processing court cases. This donation, valued at over US $280,000, is part of a broader U.S. government-sponsored Backlog Reduction Program, which also …

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Secretary of State Blinken’s Statement on Belize’s 41st Independence Day

On behalf of the government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belize on the 41st  anniversary of your independence. Belize and the United States enjoy a strong partnership based on shared democratic values and close family and cultural ties.  In the year ahead, we look forward to continuing …

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NASA and Belize Partner to Bring STEM-Based Program to Belizean Schools

  Belize City – U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones, on behalf of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Minister of Belize’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology Hon. Francis Fonseca yesterday signed an agreement to implement a Belize-based program that supports educational activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics …

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U.S.-Belize Partnership Expands Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy today hosted Belizean anti-trafficking activists from government and civil society for a forum aimed at celebrating significant achievements in the anti-trafficking field as well as building upon the existing action roadmap. U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones and visiting representatives from the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat …

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U.S. Defense Department Partners with Belizean Surgeons for Medical Missions in Belize

Belmopan – A U.S. military surgical team with United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force (JTF)-Bravo based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will conduct a humanitarian surgical mission in Dangriga and Belmopan from August 15-27. This joint effort by U.S. Armed Forces medical professionals and the Belizean government is part of SOUTHCOM’s …

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United States and Belize Explore Extension of Agreement to Protect Belize’s Cultural Heritage

Belmopan – As part of the renewal process for the Cultural Property Agreement between the United States and Belize on the preservation of Belize’s cultural patrimony, Dr. Andrew Zonderman, from the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center, today concluded an eight-day visit to Belize to conduct research and hold consultations with government stakeholders. The …

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United States Donates Back-to-School Supplies to Rural Communities

Belmopan – The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program is ensuring Belizean children in select rural communities are equipped with must-have back-to-school items so they are successfully poised to return to the classroom in the upcoming academic year. Today, U.S. Embassy officials delivered 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at the Carmelita …

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U.S. Southern Command Funds Renovations at Belize Defense Force Housing Quarters

Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize today inaugurated two newly renovated buildings to serve as lodging for Belizean military troops at the Belize Defence Force Price Barracks compound. U.S. Southern Command funded the US$247,000 renovations as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2022. Tradewinds 2022 is a multinational exercise to expand the Caribbean …

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Construction to Begin on U.S.-Funded Dangriga Fire Station

Belmopan – A ground-breaking to mark construction for the new Dangriga fire station, funded by the United States government, was held today with an official ceremony at the site location. This US$1.1 million project, made possible through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program, will serve as a centralized location for emergency service providers to …

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U.S.-Donation to Increase Law Enforcement Presence in Remote Areas

Belmopan – With the assistance of the U.S. government, Belize will begin the process of establishing a forward operating base in the southwest to facilitate law enforcement anti-crime operations. This morning, the U.S. Embassy donated two 40 ft. containers to the Government of Belize. This donation is an important part of ongoing U.S. government security …

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U.S.-Funded Program Launched to Empower Youth Through Innovation

Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy, The Trust for the Americas, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus today celebrated the official launch of the country’s first Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) Lab, an initiative to empower youth and foster innovation through entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and access to technology and financial resources. …

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Tradewinds 2022 Builds Regional Security Partnerships in Belize

Belize City –Tradewinds 2022, a two-week training involving 22 nations sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), ended today following a closing ceremony in Ladyville, Belize. More than 1,800 people participated in the exercise with 644 from the United States and 1,158 from Belize and other partner nations. This marks the first time that two partner …

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U.S. Military Brings Medical Care to Hundreds in the Orange Walk District

Belmopan – The United States Southern Command Joint Task Force – Bravo (JTF-Bravo) medical team and the Tradewinds 2022 medical team today concluded a three-day medical outreach in the Orange Walk District. The team of U.S. medical professionals partnered with local nongovernmental organizations to provide preventative medicine courses, pediatrics, optometry, and dental services to over …

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U.S. Embassy and Government of Belize Launch Inaugural Case Backlog Reduction Workshop

Belmopan – Today, the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize hosted an Inaugural Case Backlog Reduction Workshop with senior officials from the Belize judiciary and legal community.  U.S. and Belize officials appraised both the framework and standards of criminal case management processes and assessed what challenges stood in the way of reducing the case …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Belizean Winners of the Black History Month Poetry Competition

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan hosted the winners of the Embassy’s first-ever Black History Month Poetry Contest.  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones recognized the three Belizean high school student winners during a special ceremony highlighting their inspiring works.  Their visit included a tour of the U.S. Embassy where their framed poems have been on prominent …

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U.S. Government Sponsors Financial Literacy Program for Youth in Southside Belize City

Belmopan – Today the U.S. Embassy hosted a special ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of “Money Smart,” a financial literacy training for Belizean youth.  Featuring remarks by Prime Minister John Briceňo, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones, and implementing partner Peacework Director Dr. Carol Babb, the event commended students and principals from each …

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Security Exercise Planners Meet in Belize as the Country Readies to Co-Host Tradewinds

Belmopan – Defense and public-security planners from the Caribbean, Central America, North America, and Europe will meet March 21-25, 2022, in Belmopan to discuss final planning details for Tradewinds 2022, an annual, multi-national and multi-domain exercise. This week’s meeting is the third and final planning conference in preparation for the exercise. Belize and Mexico will …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Visits Belize to Discuss U.S. Grant Program

Belmopan – A delegation from the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Chief Executive Officer Alice Albright departed Belize today after a productive visit to introduce the agency’s development grant program – an MCC compact. During the three-day visit, Albright was joined by MCC’s Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin …

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U.S. Embassies Belmopan and Port of Spain Partner on Youth Media Literacy Program

Belmopan – Today in a virtual ceremony, the U.S. Embassies in Belize and Trinidad and Tobago jointly launched an innovative program called “Fact Check: Critical Thinking Journalism for Youths,” which provides media literacy training for budding writers. Implementing partners SmartTerm Education Technologies Ltd and the Media Institute of the Caribbean will engage 50 youth participants …

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United States Donates New School Building in Rural Belize

Belmopan – The donation ceremony for a newly constructed building at the San Pedro Government School, funded by the United States Government through U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), took place today with officials from the U.S. Embassy and the Belize Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology presiding. The US$435,000 contribution will serve students and staff …

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U.S. and Central American Leaders Meet to Strengthen Security and Humanitarian Partnerships

Belmopan – For the first time since 2011, Belize will host the 2022 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) from January 31 to February 2, which will include high-level defense and security leaders from the United States, Central America, and other Western Hemisphere countries. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Belize Ministry of National Defence will …

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United States Donates All-Terrain Pickup Trucks to Support Anti-Trafficking Operations

Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy today donated four Ford Ranger pickup trucks valued at over US $206,000 to the Belize Joint Intelligence Operations Centre (JIOC) for use in investigating and countering transnational organized crime in Belize. The donation was made through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Financing grant program and coordinated through the U.S. Embassy’s …

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U.S. Embassy Press Release – U.S. Military Conducts Medical Outreach in Southern Belize

U.S. Military Concludes Five-Day Medical Assistance in Southern Belize Belmopan – Medical officers from U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) today concluded a six-day outreach program of providing medical care to Belizean citizens in the Toledo District.  This operation, launched on January 9, was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health and …

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JTF-Bravo Conducts Disaster Response Exercise in Belize

Belmopan – The United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-Bravo), a unit based in Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will conduct the “Keel Billed Toucan” (KBT) humanitarian and disaster relief exercise near Ladyville, Belize from January 7 – 21. U.S. JTF-Bravo routinely trains for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions and, equipped …

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Belize Selected for Five-Year U.S. Grant to Help Alleviate Poverty

Belmopan – On December 14, the U.S. Government-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) selected Belize for a five-year grant to fund local programs aimed at reducing poverty and stimulating economic growth. As one of MCC’s two newest partner countries, Belize will develop and lead its own projects’ design and implementation based on self-identified economic priorities. The …

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U.S. Embassy and Government of Belize Hold Bilateral Meeting on National Security Priorities

Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize hosted a bilateral meeting today to discuss the full range of U.S. – Belize security cooperation and shared democracy goals. The two sides reviewed security developments and reaffirmed the importance of enhanced coordination on counternarcotics efforts and strengthening citizen and border security in Belize. The …

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U.S. State Department Honors Belize’s Former Auditor General with Anticorruption Champions Award

Belmopan – Belize’s former Auditor General Dorothy Bradley was among 12 individuals honored today with the U.S. Department of State’s Anticorruption Champions Award. In a virtual ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Bradley delivered her acceptance speech for the award recognizing her impactful work in …

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U.S.-Donated Supplies Will Protect Hospital Staff and Patients from COVID-19 Spread

Belmopan – In continued support of Belize’s COVID-19 response, U.S. Embassy Belmopan today made a US$ 50,000 contribution of medical supplies and training aid to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. This donation from the American people came through the Department of Defense U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program and was facilitated by the U.S. …

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Annual Country Report Reflects U.S. Commitment to Human Rights

Belmopan – U.S. Embassies around the world are charged with drafting annual human rights reports mandated by U.S. Congress. These Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress in compliance with sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended, …

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The United States and Belize Sign MOU to Enhance the National Forensic Science Service

Belmopan – On November 2, the United States and Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for expansion of infrastructure and technical training within the National Forensic Science Service.  Under this “Forensic Crime Scene Office Project,” the United States will support the construction of three Scenes of Crime offices, equip the offices with new forensic …

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U.S. Government Awards US$750,000 to Three Grantees through the CARSI Program

Belmopan – In a ceremony held today, U.S. Embassy Belmopan awarded US$750,000 in grant funding, under the Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI-ESF), to three organization working to save lives, empower youth through building tech skills, and connect communities to enhanced government services. Through CARSI-ESF funding, the U.S. government works with civil …

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U.S. Embassy Provides Employment Opportunities to Former Gang Members through Fourth Phase of Rehabilitation Program

Belmopan – The fourth phase of U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s partnership in the Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves” (ECTET) initiative was launched today at the inauguration of a new resource hub in the Jump Street and Rocky Road areas of southside Belize City.  ECTET provides entrepreneurial training and business opportunities to former gang members in southside Belize City, …

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U.S.-Funded, UN-Coordinated Project Will Strengthen Crime Data Sharing in Belize

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Coordinator Mary Walz and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative in Belize Ian King handed over US$26,760 in Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment today to the Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries Kareem Musa. The …

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U.S. Embassy Donates Vehicles to Support the Fight Against Crime in Belize

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan presented six vehicles to the Government of Belize today as a security donation to the Police Department and the Customs and Excise Department to deter and disrupt criminal activities in remote areas and to expand law enforcement training opportunities for officers throughout Belize. This latest U.S. government donation is valued …

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CDC and Baylor College of Medicine Partner to Bring COVID Sequencing to Belize

Belmopan – On September 29, Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat joined U.S. Embassy Belmopan Medical Officer Sarah Kieffer and Dr. Kristy Murray, Director of the Center for Human Immunobiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, on a tour of the Belize Central Laboratory to view donated genomic sequencing equipment used …

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Secretary of State Blinken’s Statement on Belize’s 40th 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 momentous occasion of the 40th anniversary of your independence. The United States joins the people of Belize in celebrating the accomplishments your country has achieved over the past four decades …

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U.S. Government Donates Mobile Field Hospital to Belize

For Immediate Release September 17, 2021 Joint Press Release Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan joined the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) today for the official handover of a U.S.-funded mobile field hospital to the Belizean government. The field hospital donation is another pillar of the United States’ continuing commitment to helping Belize respond to the COVID-19 …

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U.S. Embassy Donation Protects Belize’s Agricultural Sector from the Medfly

Belmopan – In support of Belize’s agricultural sector, today the U.S. Embassy donated essential equipment to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to aid in Mediterranean fruit fly eradication efforts. The donation, valued at over US$40,000, includes insect traps and lures planned for use in field operations and in surveillance activities in two active Medfly …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Narcotics Investigation Training for High-Ranking Security Officials

Belmopan – Today the U.S. Embassy Belmopan concluded a one-week training on Tactical Safety and Planning to provide senior level officials with enhanced knowledge and skills to combat narco-trafficking. The one-week training was facilitated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and …

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U.S. Embassy Donates PPEs and Off-Road Vehicles to the Belize Police Department

Belmopan – Today, the U.S. Embassy donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), which will help to ensure Belizean police personnel remain protected in their high-risk roles as frontline workers. In addition, the United States also donated three off-road capable vehicles to the Belize Police Department. The donations are part of the U.S. Government’s Central America Regional …

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U.S. Donates 345,150 Pfizer Vaccines to Belize

Belmopan – The United States Government began the donation of 345,150 Pfizer vaccine doses today to support Belize in the fight against COVID-19. The first tranche of 111,150 Pfizer vaccines arrived on August 18 at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport for distribution to various regions of the country. The 345,150 vaccine doses will help protect …

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U.S. Embassy Belmopan Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones

Belmopan – Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones arrived Friday, August 6 in Belize, where she will serve at the U.S. Embassy Belmopan for three years. Chargé Moses-Ones, a career diplomat, will assume duties immediately. Chargé Moses-Ones most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission to Tirana, Albania from 2018 to 2021, including serving as Charge …

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JTF-Bravo Hosts Global Health Engagement in Belize

For Immediate Release August 6, 2021 JTF-Bravo Hosts Global Health Engagement in Belize Corozal – A U.S. military forward surgical section team with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTFB), based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, conducted a Global Health Engagement and surgical readiness mission August 3-5. During the engagement, U.S. Army Col. Steven Gventer, commander …

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University of Texas at Tyler and Ministry of Education Launch Teacher Training in Southern Belize

August 3rd, 2021 Belmopan – The University of Texas at Tyler in partnership with the Ministry of Education, today launched the start of a series of teacher training sessions in Dangriga Town. The project is part of an ongoing two-year CARSI-funded grant and will be implemented through the ministry’s Teacher Education and Development Services (TEDS). …

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U.S. Government and Belize Host Advanced Police Prosecutors Training

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan facilitated a three-day workshop on Advanced Prosecutors Training for members of the Belize Police Department, specifically the National Prosecution Branch personnel. The sessions, funded by the Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau, provided comprehensive training on investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, including trial preparation, research methods, …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Basic Investigation Training

Joint Press Release Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan hosted a two-week Basic Investigation Training for officers of the Belize Police Department, which concluded today. Twenty-nine officers who serve in various units including the Crimes Investigation Branch, the Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Units, and the Anti-gang Taskforce graduated at a ceremony held today at the …

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Peace Corps Takes Steps to Return to Service Overseas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 30 June 2021 CONTACT: Press Office, pressoffice@peacecorps.gov Peace Corps Takes Steps to Return to Service Overseas Agency will resume inviting volunteers to serve in countries that have met rigorous health, security and safety standards WASHINGTON – Today, the Peace Corps announced that it is a step closer to returning volunteers to overseas service. …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Advanced Narcotics Investigation Training

For Immediate Release Joint Press Release June 25, 2021 Belmopan – U.S. Embassy today concluded a one-week training course on Advanced Narcotics Investigations for senior officers of Belize’s enforcement units.  The training will improve the participants’ capacity to plan and coordinate investigation and interdiction of narcotics trafficking and trans-national crime in Belize. Participants included various …

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U.S. Government and UNICEF Donate to Ministry of Education

Belmopan – The Government of the United States, through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today delivered COVID prevention equipment to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology. The donation included 157 sanitization stands and 98 gallons of liquid hand sanitizers. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Education Culture, Science and Technology Hon. …

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Resumption of Routine Nonimmigrant Visa Services

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan is pleased to announce the resumption of routine nonimmigrant visa services effective tomorrow June 2. Belizeans interested in applying for a visa may visit the embassy’s website to schedule a new appointment. Over the past week, U.S. Embassy Belmopan Consular Chief Wilbur Zehr has engaged in multiple television press interviews …

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U.S. Embassy Delivers Funds to BAHA for Fruit Fry Eradication Program

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, Keith Gilges represented the U.S. government in today’s handover of funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA). The donation of $280,000 BZD will be used to pay for equipment, supplies, and wages as part of an ongoing program …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Mobile Migrant Hub in Southern Belize

Belmopan – The Government of the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belize hosted two Mobile Migrant Hubs in Toledo to provide information and services to migrants for safe and orderly migration. United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges attended and …

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U.S. Embassy Visits Indigenous Communities in Southern Belize

April 25, 2021 Press Release Belmopan – United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges met with organizations supporting environmental conservation and sustainable development in indigenous communities as part of his two-day visit to the Toledo District. Chargé Gilges toured the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, an environmental nonprofit that focuses …

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Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much …

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Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States

January 20, 2021 Press Release Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan is pleased to announce today’s inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and laws. President Biden …

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U.S. Government Delivers Two Fire Trucks to Placencia Fire Station

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan facilitated the delivery of two fire trucks from South Carolina to Belize in collaboration with U.S. Southern Command and the Denton Program. Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Jones, the Senior Defense Official for U.S Embassy Belize, along with Fire Chief Colin Gillet and Mr. David Fafka received the U.S. Air Force C5 …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges on the Events at the Capitol

Belize City – Throughout American history, our democracy has been tested. It was tested again yesterday by the assault on the Capitol. The U.S. Congress carried out its duties as enshrined in the Constitution to certify the results of the U.S. presidential election. Our institutions have stood strong in support of our democratic principles. In …

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2021 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program

Press Release December 30, 2020 Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2021 cohort from Belize for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program. This program will begin in January 2021 and close in April 2021, bringing together 263 young leaders from 37 countries in …

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U.S. Embassy Delivers Personal Protective Equipment to Central Medical Lab

Belize City – On December 22, U.S. Embassy Belmopan delivered personal protective equipment (PPE) to Central Medical Lab (CML) staff in Belize City. The PPE, valued at over $47,500 USD, was donated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was initiated by the CDC Central America Regional Team based at U.S. …

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U.S. Embassy Delivers Medical Equipment to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital

Belize City – On December 20, the U.S. Embassy delivered more than 8,000 pounds of medical equipment to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. The equipment, worth over $10,000 USD, was a donation from Heineman Medical Outreach, Inc. (HMO), a nonprofit based in Charlotte, N.C. The equipment was transported to Belize on a …

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U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Community Resource Hub in St. Martins

December 15, 2020 U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Community Resource Hub in St. Martins Belmopan – On December 15, U.S. Embassy Belmopan, alongside project partners the Love Foundation and the Kolbe Foundation, formally launched its second community resource hub in St. Martins under the “Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves” (ECTET) initiative. These …

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U.S. Government Delivers Fire Truck to Ladyville Fire Station

Belmopan – The United States Embassy delivered a Fire Truck to Belize’s Ladyville Village Council and Fire Station at a November 23 handover ceremony in Ladyville. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges presented the fire truck to Fire Chief Colin Gillett, of Belize’s National Fire Service. “By providing transport to ensure that today’s donation is …

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United States Congratulates Belize on Successful Elections

Belmopan – The United States congratulates John Briceño and his team on their success in yesterday’s elections. The U.S. Embassy stands ready to work with the Prime Minister and his new government on shared priorities. We commend the Belizean people on their open and transparent national elections, which serve as a model for the region. …

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U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Anti-Gang Economic Empowerment Initiative

Belmopan – On October 16, U.S. Embassy Belmopan, alongside project partners The Love Foundation and the Kolbe Foundation, formally launched the “Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves” (ECTET) Initiative by inaugurating the project’s first “community resource hub” in Yarborough. This is the first of three such hubs scheduled to open in Southside Belize City over the …

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Secretary of State Pompeo’s Statement on Belize’s 39th Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belize on the 39th anniversary of your independence. Belize is a valued friend and partner with whom we have robust economic, cultural, and familial ties.  We thank Belize for its cooperation in addressing the common challenge of border …

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Media Literacy Forum hosted by U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Government of Belize, and Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Belmopan. September 15, 2020. 6:50 p.m. A media literacy virtual forum is being held today, September 15th, by the Government of Belize Press Office in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the U.S.  Embassy in Belize under the theme Navigating the Changing Media Landscape in Democracies: Fake news vs. Facts. …

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U.S. Government Hands Over Classroom Building in San Isidro to Ministry of Education

San Isidro Village – On July 30, the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Education held a ceremony to announce the handover to the Ministry of Education of a classroom building constructed through the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program in San Isidro Village in Toledo District.  The handover ceremony was attended by the Honorable …

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U.S. Government Delivers Emergency Kits to NEMO

Belmopan – The United States Embassy delivered US$20,000 in supplies to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) at a July 16 handover ceremony in Belmopan. U.S.  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges presented the food packs and hygiene kits to NEMO Director Shelton Defour. “It is not a question of ‘if’ Belize will suffer another natural …

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Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC)

U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release July 2, 2020 Press Release SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION (MOC) BETWEEN BELIZE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) Belize City, Belize, July 2, 2020 – The Belize Customs and Excise Department and the …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

(18-JUN-2020) Location:  Belize Event:  Flooding and road closure due to excessive rain  ***See the attached Flood Advisory from the Belize National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) for contact information. *** FLOOD ADVISORY NO 1 JUNE 18TH 2020 930 AM FLOOD WARNING:  The public is advised not to travel on many secondary roads in the rural areas, and in particular on two of our major highways, …

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U.S. Government Delivers Ambulances from U.S. NGO to Belize Fire Department

For Immediate Release June 19, 2020 Press Release Belmopan – On June 19, the United States Government delivered two ambulances donated by the Virginia Emergency Services Program, a U.S. non-governmental organization, to the Belize Fire Department in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The shipment was transported by the U.S. Department of Defense under the U.S. …

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U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize Office of Public Affairs

For Immediate Release May 7, 2020 Press Release Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges departed Belize today, May 7, 2020, to receive non-life-threatening but urgent medical care, unrelated to COVID-19, pursuant to the advice of physicians in Belize and the United States. Management Officer Robert Peck has assumed the role of …

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The United States Provides Assistance to Belize to Respond to COVID-19

Belmopan – The United States Government has committed $300,000 U.S. dollars to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Belize.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing these funds to UNICEF-Belize. The United States, via USAID, is providing this life-saving support through coordination with the Government of Belize, international humanitarian partners, and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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