WHA Assistant Secretary Roberta S. Jacobson, INL Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, and USAID Acting Assistant Administrator Beth Hogan Travel to Nassau, The Bahamas, for United States-Caribbean High-Level Citizen Security Dialogue

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 2, 2015

Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield, and Acting Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Beth Hogan of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will travel to Nassau, The Bahamas, June 3-5, to participate in the United States-Caribbean High-Level Citizen Security Dialogue (HLCSD). The HLCSD strengthens the United States’ citizen security partnership with the Caribbean, defines current and emerging threats to citizens and their communities, and results in collaborative responses to address them. The meeting occurs as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) marks its fifth anniversary.

While the working sessions of the HLCSD are closed to the press, Assistant Secretary Jacobson’s opening and closing remarks will be open to the press. During the working sessions, Assistant Secretary Jacobson will lead a discussion on the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and future opportunities for collaboration. Assistant Secretary Brownfield will lead a discussion on countering narcotics trafficking in the Caribbean, and Acting Assistant Administrator Hogan will lead a discussion on challenges impacting Caribbean youth.

During her visit to The Bahamas, Assistant Secretary Jacobson will also hold bilateral meetings with Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell. She will engage with senior government officials and leaders from the private, education, and civil society sectors.

While in Nassau, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Marine Support Unit. He will participate in a harbor tour on an INL-funded interceptor vessel donated by the United States through CBSI. This event will be open to the press. The vessel is the second of four planned CBSI vessel procurements increasing the RBPF’s operational interdiction capacity as part of Operation Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos.

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is one pillar of the U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere. CBSI brings all members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic together to collaborate with the United States on efforts to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and address underlying causes of crime and insecurity throughout the Caribbean.