Press Release:- We listened with disappointment and fear for minors who are Wards of the State at the long drawn out excuse contained within a press release by the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment regarding the imprisonment of a pregnant juvenile who has been a ward of the state from the age of ten (10), when the Department of Human Services & the Family Court deemed her mother unfit.

While this case has grabbed the attention of the general public, there are many cases that require immediate review and intervention. We therefore call on the Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Hon. Leonard Montoute, to request and conduct an independent investigation into the Department of Human Services, the Transit Home & the Boys Training Center, with a corresponding investigation into the information and documentation submitted to the Family Court by those Agencies.

We continue to request immediate release of the teenager and her two weeks old daughter from prison (Bordelaise Correctional Facility) and an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of 4-year-old Milan Ferdinand of Grand Ravine, Dennery approximately one year ago.

(Statement from Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia)