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ana-oliviera2On Thursday, May 10, 2012, The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) Celebrating Women® Breakfast honored Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo, and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement Merble Reagon, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Secretary Clinton was awarded with The Century Award, while Ms. Poo and Ms. Reagon were awarded the Celebrating Women® Awards.

The paltry data released to Carib ID from the United States Census on those Caribbean nationals who got the group’s advocacy message to write in their nationality on 2010 Census forms, clearly makes the case for a more pronounced West Indian/Caribbean self-identification category on future forms.

That’s the word from Felicia Persaud, who founded the movement in 2008 to call attention to the virtual invisibility of this vibrant population to the U.S. Census Bureau, politicians and corporate America due to a lack of self-identification of census forms.

A woman is caught in a reflective mood in her Port au Prince home.The music blared from the old speaker boxes perched on sidewalks in the Haitian capital of Port au Prince. A woman emerged from her checkered plastic tablecloth that protected the entrance to the tent that she has called home for over two years. She then set up a depilated-looking stall on which she placed several goods ranging from toilet paper to charcoal and prepared to make the days first sale. This is the life for the average person who lives in one of the many tent cities scattered across Port Au Prince.   The days are typically filled with uncertainty and frustration.

It's been more than two years since a cataclysmic earthquake rocked the core of the impoverished Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. A great portion of Haiti's already fragile infrastructure was destroyed when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. Although the quake lasted only 10 to 20 seconds, buildings tumbled like stacks of cards, killing over 300,000 people and forever changing the lives of 1.5 million in and around the capital.

 A prominent think tank here says that the Caribbean is a "blueprint" for illicit drug trafficking at a time when it is being "heavily influenced" by organized Latin American criminal groups. The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) outlined in a recent analysis that drug trafficking and related violence is on the rise throughout the Caribbean, noting that United States-Mexico border controls have been "profoundly tightened, resulting in a growing spillover of drugs into the wider Caribbean.

"The Caribbean's natural landscapes and diffuse geographical locations make it appealing for drug traffickers who take advantage of such terrain that features long often uncontrolled coastlines and mountainous interiors for the growth and transportation of narcotics", COHA noted.