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Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Homestead Place of Safety reopens today

The newly renovated Homestead Place of Safety, which caters to the holistic needs of approximately 44 girls in state care, will officially be reopened today.

The Child Protection and Family Service Agency (CPFSA) said the facility was one of three slated for renovation within the 2018-19 fiscal year.

According to the CPFSA, the work done to the facility currently provides adequate and comfortable living arrangement for the girls, ages 12 to 18 years old.

The $23.5-million renovation included 11 bedrooms with 44 bed spaces, shower areas, lobby area, recreational area, classrooms, restrooms, store and clothing rooms and other amenities.



US gives Caribbean failing grade on human trafficking


The United States yesterday said several Caribbean countries were not in compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (TIP).

Of the Caribbean countries listed in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, only The Bahamas and Guyana “fully” met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

In the case of Jamaica, the State Department said while Kingston is “making significant efforts’ to deal with TIP, it still does not “fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.

It said the Government was investigating and prosecuting more suspected traffickers, achieving a swift conviction that included prison time, and publishing its first annual report on trafficking in persons in Jamaica.

“The Government also increased funding for anti-trafficking efforts. However, the Government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Increased funding did not result in improved protections for victims or increased accountability for traffickers.

“The Government identified fewer victims compared to the previous year; it provided minimal services to identified victims and did not refer any Jamaican victims to shelters; and it convicted only one trafficker,” it said.



One week left for voluntary transfer of voter registration

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says the deadline to apply for a transfer of voter registration for the November 30, 2019 voters’ list is Friday, June 28. Transfers for voters who apply after this deadline will not be completed before May 2020.

The transfer process requires that the elector visits the EOJ constituency office and apply for a transfer of registration. This must be done at the office in the constituency where the elector currently resides.

After successful processing, the elector’s particulars are transferred from the previous polling division to the new one. The elector’s new home address will then be published on the new voters’ list.

The law requires that electors vote in the polling division in which they reside. Therefore, persons who change their address since registering to vote are encouraged to have their registration transferred to the new polling division and new constituency as necessary in which they live.