Friday, May 24, 2024

a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones

United States Funds Prosecutorial Training to Strengthen Belize’s Justice System

U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize facilitated a three-day, U.S.- funded workshop to provide comprehensive training on investigating and prosecuting criminal cases for Belize Police Department and National Prosecution Branch personnel. Participants received training on trial preparation, research methods, advocacy, and the examination of evidence, witnesses, and experts. This U.S.-sponsored program supports the Belizean government’s efforts to improve the capacity of police prosecutors and implement a Court Case Management system in its pursuit to acquire international accreditation.

U.S. Military and Belizean Surgeons Partner to Provide Surgical Care to Belizean Communities

United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-Bravo) concluded a two-week Global Health Engagement mission in Belize. The U.S. military team performed surgeries in Dangriga and Belmopan from August 15-26, collaborating with Belizean counterparts to improve medical readiness and promote wellness in local communities.

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

On August 18th, 2022, the U.S. Embassy 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 Trafficking in Persons made presentations on the State

Peace Corps Celebrates 60 Years in Belize as New Volunteers Take the Oath of Service

On July 29, 2022, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones and Peace Corps Belize Country Director Tracey Hébert-Seck, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the first cohort of two-year Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Belize, two years after the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the prior group of volunteers to depart. The ceremony also marks 60 years of Peace Corps service and partnership with Belize. Joining U.S. government officials were Belize Governor General Her Excellency Froyla Tzalam and Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology Hon. Francis Fonseca.

U.S.-Belize Bilateral Security Meeting Tracks Advancement on Shared National Security Objectives

U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize met on July 20, 2022, to reaffirm the U.S.-Belize security partnership. Bi-annual bilateral meetings between the United States and Belize underscore our shared commitment to deepening cooperation to meet national and regional challenges, such as narcotrafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, and gang violence. In this engagement, both governments discussed shared priorities in the areas of citizen and border security, governance, and justice sector efficiency.

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

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, concluded an eight-day visit to Belize to conduct research and hold consultations with government stakeholders.

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

A ground-breaking to mark construction for the new Dangriga fire station, funded by the United States government, was held June 10, 2022 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 dispatch support to the more than 9,000 residents of Dangriga and surrounding communities.

United States Funds New School Buildings in Corozal District

Faculty and students at the San Antonio Government School in Corozal are the recipients of three brand new school buildings gifted by the American people. A ceremony was held on June 9th, 2022 to mark the official inauguration of the buildings - a three-classroom structure, a bathroom, and a kitchen, funded through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program, valued at U.S. $460,000.