MINISTER of the People, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, has lauded the efforts of Vision on Mission which he says plays a significant part in reducing crime in Trinidad and Tobago.
Ramadharsingh was the feature speaker on Monday night during a function hosted by Vision on Mission and USAID for two Barbadian deportees who have formed a similar body in neighbouring Barbados that seeks to motivate young people away from a life of crime.
The reception was held at the Mar Quis Restaurant at the Anva Plaza, Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.
According to Ramadharsingh, the mass deportation of men and women after serving time in prisons in the United States represents a threat to small states such as Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados as some of these men and women would have been exposed to a higher form of criminality.
Ramadharsingh also said the slowdown of the economies of the United States and even the United Kingdom has led to even more deportees landing on unfamiliar Caribbean shores, “so we have to take care of our own”.
Wayne Chance, who heads Vision on Mission, spoke about instances where female deportees were attacked by their male relatives, adding that they are now being forced as an organisation to cater to the needs of female deportees.
He said currently Vision on Mission receives $800 monthly from the State to house each deportee and a task force has been appointed by the Ministry of the People to investigate this with the view to improving the stipend.