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US diplomat said her country’s commitment is demonstrated by the help provided by its Rule of Law Advisor in updating outdated legislation.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