Trinidad and Tobago Hero


PADF has operated in Trinidad and Tobago since 2013. We implemented the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), from October 2013 to January 2019. This program was implemented in three different phases. The first two phases focused on the Bahamas, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The third phase of the program took place entirely in Trinidad and Tobago. RAPP was part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and featured four components:

  1. Organizational and professional capacity building in which law enforcement, judicial sector, and other officials received training on social crime prevention methodologies;
  2. Youth experiential learning activities including mock courts and job shadowing that allowed youth to see the legal field at work and develop a greater understanding of its function;
  3. Youth and community dialogues that promoted conversations between facilitators, youth, and the community on specific topics such as bullying and teen dating abuse; and
  4. Community action plans that generated opportunities for law enforcement, community members, and youth to work together on local projects to promote security, such as neighborhood cleanups and sports.

Since 2019, PADF has worked on addressing humanitarian issues in the country. PADF and its program partners, with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), are providing protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers, and sustainable solutions to vulnerable Venezuelan migrants and other host community populations. Activities are designed to increase Venezuelans’ access to legal status, promote local integration, and improve the lives of vulnerable populations.

Roberto Obando

Roberto Obando

Regional Director – Caribbean

Peace, Justice, and Security Thematic Leader


Carolina Brea

Carolina Prunes

Regional Director – Venezuela Response


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