US commits to supporting rule of law in Saint Lucia

United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda S. Taglialatela has voiced her country’s support for Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law here.

The US diplomat said her country’s commitment  is demonstrated by the help provided by its Rule of Law Advisor in updating outdated legislation.

“These legislative changes will increase St. Lucia’s capacity to address modern day challenges such as cyber intrusion and transnational trafficking,” Taglialatela said.

The US Ambassador made the comments in a speech at the U.S.  241st Independence Day celebrations in St. Lucia last Friday, June 30 at the Royal by Rex Resorts.

She recalled that her country donated office equipment to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office to modernized systems and processes.

“We will make similar donations to the St. Lucia High Court and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,” Taglialatela disclosed.

She noted that the Boys Training Centre Band would perform at the ceremony that evening.

According to the US official, besides being a wonderful band that would entertain the gathering, the group is a symbol of US partnership with Saint Lucia.

She explained that under phase one of USAID’s Juvenile Justice Reform Program, theUS assisted in upgrading the programming, equipment and facilities at the Center.

“Our support to St. Lucia’s efforts to reduce youth crime and violence continues with the start of USAID’s new Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project,”

Taglialatela explained that under the Yes Project, the US is working with the Government of Saint Lucia to develop data-based policies and programs that reduce the risk factors driving youth crime, violence, and victimization.

“We will promote a community-based approach, targeting the communities of Castries Central, Anse-La-Raye, Soufriere, Dennery, and Vieux Fort,” she told the gathering.

The US Ambassador said her country will also continue efforts to promote juvenile justice reform, working to shift the focus of the juvenile justice system from punishment to rehabilitation.



  1. loise
    July 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Go control your f…..g country first. Who the f are you?

  2. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    the ambassador…why she dont help lucians get visas and focus on all the black hate killing by police in the US…(Word deleted)

  3. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    U Lucians are outrageous. You’ll should B wiped from off the map.

  4. The Watcher
    July 5, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Amazing…in 2017 the attitude of the US towards the Caribbean has not changed an iota from what pertained during the Cold War years. In those days we were only important to the US as a foil to communism. Even with the sham Caribbean Basin Initiative under Reagan, these islands did not benefit more than a pittance from that, as the real beneficary was Central America (Nicaragua in particular), and in the proccess the US was using Saint Lucia as a patsy in transporting arms into trouble spots around the world with Saint Lucia Airways. Now the US is updating the outdated laws of Caribbean States in the areas of cyber security and trafficking?? WHY?? Is it primarily for the protection of the underbelly of the US..the Caribbean.

    Further this exercise in Saint Lucia is not intended to succeed, as the continued stance of the US with regard to the application of the Leahy Law, given their demands with reference to OPERATION RESTORE CONFIDENCE runs counter to the ultimate success of the updating of our laws.

    We in the Caribbean have allowed the US access to enter our states and terrorise our marijuana farmers for decades. Now the states of the US are busy falling over themselves granting licenses for not only medicinal use but also the pleasure of the thing. Meanwhile the US, Madam Ambassador, the country of which you are the representative, is busy shutting Caribbean states out of correspondence banking access, among other obnoxious pricks st Caribbean people, and THAT after they have, thru the WTO, killed our banana industry.

    Our current administration in Saint Lucia may have neither the gonads nor inclination to come up with a legislative agenda for the benefit of the people of Saint Lucia; but the US should stay out of our laws, and peradventure, an EU country may come to our assistance.

  5. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Hey Watcher: I suggest you read your tea leaves more carefully. Obviously the U.S-St Lucia has improved. More than once the EU and US have demonstrated this.

  6. Rick Wayne
    July 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Watcher: I suggest you read your tea leaves more carefully. Obviously the U.S-St Lucia has improved. More than once the EU and US have demonstrated this.