Renowned international cyber expert, President of CYBERPOL and ECIPS, Mr. Ricardo Baretzky, is one of the leading experts to attend and speak at the 19th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum, JUNE 21st-22nd in Washington DC.
The two-day forum which will include sessions at the Inter-American Development Bank, the Senate Dirksen Building and the Rayburn House Office Building will address the implementation of the US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (HR 4939), which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016.
Public Law 114-291 (HR 4939) prioritizes the United States-Caribbean relationship and requires the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy which among other things, outline an approach to: 1) broaden engagement with the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States; 2) partner with governments of the Caribbean region to improve citizen security and reduce drug trafficking; 3) to improve diplomatic engagement with governments of the Caribbean region; and 4) assist Caribbean countries in the diversification of their economies.
Other high level speakers slated for the Caribbean American Forum include: Jerry Butler, Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank; Francis Forbes, Executive Director, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS); Special Agent-in-Charge Dextan Dixon, Representative from Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE); Alvin Dalmida (Lt. Ret.), US Coast Guard; Senator David Small, Niquan Energy,of Trinidad and Tobago; Hon. Jennifer Carroll, Former Lt. Gov. of Florida; Professor Anthony Harriott, Director, Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, UWI; Dr. Waldaba Stewart, Executive Director of the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College; and, Sally Yearwood, Executive Director, Caribbean Central American Action.
The Session to be sponsored by the Caribbean Department of the Inter-American Development Bank will focus on issues pertaining to security and development and will feature key findings of the IDB’s landmark study on crime and violence in the Caribbean. ICS will use the opportunity to also present the diaspora white paper on the implementation of Public Law 114-291, which addresses: security and diplomacy; economic development including energy, climate change and the blue economy; and education and health.
To register for the 19th Annual Legislative Forum, taking place on JUNE 21st – 22nd in Washington DC, please visit, http://www.ncalw2017.eventbrite.com’
CYBERPOL (The International Cyber Policing Organization), is a not for profit organization operating internationally in the public interest and helping to protect legitimate users of the internet, under Treaty 124 of the Council of Europe and by Royal Decree in Belgium. CYBERPOL has received much support from law-enforcement agencies active in the international cyber security landscape, who recognize the need for cross border collaboration in the support of the fight against organized cyber-crime and online fraudsters. ECIPS, the European Centre for Information Policy was a co-founding body for the establishment of CYBERPOL.
About Institute of Caribbean Studies
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), founded in 1993, is the Convener of the 19th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum, and Architect and Campaign Chair for Commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, since 1999. ICS is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and the premiere Caribbean American Think/Do Tank. ICS seeks to address development problems facing Caribbean peoples, and to adopt a thorough, systematic and coordinated long-term perspective towards their resolution. For more information on ICS, visit www.icsdc.org.