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Last updated: June 15, 2021

December 15, 2014

Dec. 2014—The first view of the Metcalfe Juvenile Remand Center, a “holding facility” for young male offenders who will be brought before the courts for criminal offenses, is not encouraging. Located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, it is secured by a 50-foot-tall gate with metal facing, topped with rolled barbed wire, and at least five armed security guards circle the entrance. Inside, young boys between the ages of 12 and 17 attend to various duties.

September 10, 2014

Sept. 2014—Jamaica has always been vulnerable to extreme weather such as drought and hurricanes, but many people do not make a direct link with climate change. Over the past decade, Jamaica experienced nine natural disasters causing damages estimated at $1.4 billion.

August 15, 2014

Aug. 2014—Jerome Cowan made a decision to do better for himself—better than what was expected for someone growing up in his neighborhood, Parade Gardens, one of Jamaica’s most violent communities.

May 10, 2014

May 2014---For the past three years, 27-year-old Tennesha Rhule has spent her life venturing into areas where many Jamaicans would never even set foot. As a community peer educator for the Jamaica Ministry of Health, Rhule’s job entails educating youth and adults in some of the country’s most volatile communities about HIV and how to practice a safer and healthier lifestyle.

On a typical day, Rhule travels to a local health clinic and several inner city communities, and will round out her evening with visits to exotic night clubs and massage parlors.

September 10, 2013

September 2013--- In 2007, Flanker, a squatter community within Jamaica’s St. James parish, was labeled the most violent place in the country and believed to be beyond redemption. Infested with guns and gunmen, no police dared enter.