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The Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention And Prevention Task Force (JDCIPTF) Hosts Toronto Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting
Written by Shauna-Kay Cassell

Toronto, February 10, 2018– The Jamaican Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force (JDCIPTF) and Partners hosts the first Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, April 7, 2018. This is to be held at the Jamaican Canadian Association located at 995 Arrow Rd, North York. The Town Hall Meeting is a response to the crime and violence that has been happening in Jamaica. Most recently, the Canadian couple, Melbourne and Etta Flake, was killed in early January while on vacation. Furthermore, Jamaica’s Prime Minister,  Andrew Holness announced the state of emergency for the Parish of St. James, Jamaica due to the violence, and further extended it until May 2, 2018.

The Proposed Speakers for this Town Hall Meeting includes; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith, and Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr. There will also be Canadian dignitaries including; Her Excellency, Ms. Janice Miller, and Consul General, Mr. Lloyd Wilkes. Ultimately, “the aim of the Task Force is to support the Government, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organizations in developing the best methods of preventing crime” says Founder and global task force lead, Dr. Rupert Francis.

The JDCIPTF was formed in May 2016. It was done as a direct response of the Jamaican Diaspora to address the crime and violence that Jamaica has been experiencing. For the past year, Dr. Francis has recruited professionals with specialized skills and expertise from across the Global Diaspora. As a result, the new Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force was established, and is working towards their first Town Hall Meeting in Toronto. The Diaspora intends to “use the Town Hall Meeting to build strong networks in order to enhance and/or boost Jamaica’s security initiatives” maintains Dr. Francis.

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About the author

Shauna-Kay Cassell

Shauna writes press releases for the Jamaica Diaspora Association on the following websites: Calling All Jamaicans and Having studied criminology and political science at the University of Toronto, her passion is to make a difference within the Canadian criminal justice system. In her spare time, you can find her hiking/ jogging on a nearby trail, writing, reading a novel or travelling. Learn more about Shauna’s travel experiences on her blog: