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…aimed at curbing at-risk youth involvement in crimeA significant chunk of the US$77M pledged for regional security in the region will be used to target youths particularly those deemed to be at risk.This was revealed yesterday by Julissa Reynoso, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, US State Department during the closing briefing of the second Caribbean basin Security Initiative.According to Reynoso, following on the first tranche of money from US Congress of US$45M during the first CBSI, a subsequent US$77M has been approved and targets this aspect of providing security.She explained that of the total US$77M allocation, a significant portion is aimed at Social Justice Programmes.Reynoso further explained that within this framework of Social Justice there is an allocation towards “these types of youth prevention,Wholesale Jerseys, workforce development programmes.”This, she said,Wholesale China Jerseys, is aimed specifically at empowering and ensuring that youths are targeted before they could be lured into a life of crime and lends to avoid even more criminals entering the system.Astona Browne,Cheap NFL Football Jerseys, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, St. Kitts and Nevis and Co-Chair of the CBSI Commission reminded that in CARICOM there has been a significant amount of work done aimed at curbing the level of youths taking to a life of crime.She pointed to the recently held CARICOM forum which was held specifically to deal with the phenomena of gangs.Browne said that a lot of work has also been done and is continuously being undertaken to mobilize support among civil, as well as non-governmental organizations to provide support to youths with the aim of preventing the untoward activities.She added, too, that as the CARICOM bodies approach the goals, they do so bearing in mind that “prevention is always better than cure,” and that there must a proactive approach when it comes to dealing with youths.Reynoso subsequently reiterated that one of the pillars of CBSI is Social Justice and it is in that context that they look at youth empowerment,NFL Jerseys Store, workforce development, prevention methods and re-integration methods for those youths that had committed crimes.She spoke to the fact that in Guyana there are three USAID programmes that are conjoined with the CBSI initiative that is aimed at helping young people to find employment and skills so that they are not attracted by criminal activity.Speaking to accessing the funds committed by the US,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Reynoso firstly sought to explain that under the key objectives of the CBSI is the need to ensure that Governments in the region are working together.Reynoso explained that it is about working together in a cooperative manner where best practices and ideas can be shared and importantly too, to have the right persons at the negotiating tables.The US representative maintains that it is not just about the money but rather about “how to proceed collectively on how to solve the problems…the US don’t have all the answers…people in the region have answers that we could use.”Notwithstanding this position,Wholesale Jerseys, she explained that as it relates to the utilization of the US$77M allocated, it will be done on a priority basis and these are identified by the various technical working groups within the CBSI framework.She said that several areas of priorities have been identified by the CBSI Commission and representatives throughout the Caribbean are actively prioritizing areas to be targeted and this is then evaluated by the US.Reynoso said that the funding finds its way into programmes based on the feedback they receive along with the evaluations.
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