US funding to reduce crime and violence in OECS countries

The United States is providing a $5.3 million grant to the St. Lucia-based Commission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to implement the Opportunities to Advance and Support Youth for Success (OASYS) project ) in the Eastern Caribbean over the next four years. years.

The project aims to reduce youth crime and violence rates in the Eastern Caribbean and will focus on strengthening youth justice systems in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. .

The project, which will be implemented through the United States Agency for International Development Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC), will strengthen existing programs and invest in new programs that provide skills, psychosocial support and family interventions for young people in conflict with rights through collaborations with governmental and non-governmental partners, civil society organizations and the private sector.

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OASYS will also support partner countries to implement and institutionalize a case management system to track young offenders from their first contact with law enforcement to their successful reintegration into society.

Launching the project, USAID/ESC Acting Regional Representative David Billings said Washington is committed to working with the OECS, national governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and , especially young people and their communities, to provide opportunities for young people. to succeed.

For her part, Dr. Carlene Radix, Head of the OECS Human and Social Division, said the project expands on previous initiatives that have helped transform the landscape of child justice and helps strengthen the implementation works in the spirit of existing legislation and with the collaboration of the community.

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