Caribbean Deployment Program
While a small program for CWS, the Caribbean Deployment partnership with USA for UNHCR is making an impact for individuals and families who have sought refuge in the Caribbean and Northern Triangle of South America. In early April, CWS deployed a refugee resettlement specialist to the USA for UNHCR office in Washington, D.C. to expand their resettlement capacity to the region. From April to July, our CWS deployee assisted in the submission of individual cases, which included profiles like survivors of violence and torture and those with extensive legal and physical protection needs. Submissions were directed by UNHCR during the first half of the year to the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands for resettlement consideration.
CWS also continues to maintain a roster of staff members from offices across the country who have been trained in Refugee Status Determination and Resettlement cases analysis. This roster is ready to deploy to work with UNHCR on behalf of CWS for short-term missions, another measure of support CWS is providing to expand UNHCR’s reach in the identification and global submission of resettlement cases.
Funding for this program has doubled during the 2017 calendar, further expanding the CWS global impact.