By Dialogo March 23, 2009 Servicemembers from Forward Operating Location Manta and the military group of the U.S. Embassy in Quito donated $6,000 in materials to a daycare center in Colón, Ecuador. Over 40 children under the care of the Colón facility will now benefit from a refrigerator, bedding, storage cabinets and windows supplied through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program. “We are so thankful. The help of the FOL has made a difference,” said Tatiana Picó, a caregiver to the center’s six-month to one-year-old children. In a community where resources are often limited, the new refrigerator will allow them to store food, and cribs and mattresses will provide an improved place for children to sleep. This donation is one of five local initiatives in the past year coordinated through HAP, a U.S. Southern Command program managed in Ecuador by members of the military group at the U.S. Embassy in Quito. HAP emphasizes infrastructure development and is geared toward building stability and security in local communities. “We saw a need in this community and hope the impact of this project will affect children in Colón long after the FOL transitions from Manta,” said Lt. Col. Jared Curtis, 478th Expeditionary Operations Squadron commander at FOL Manta. Other HAP projects initiated by the FOL include resurfacing a courtyard and building a roof for Angelica Flores, a special needs school; donating an electrical transformer to OSCUS, a vocational school; and rebuilding two burn center rooms within Zambrano Hospital, Manta’s only public hospital. In addition to HAP, FOL volunteers donated over 9,000 hours to bring 180,000 items, including clothing, school supplies and toiletries, to local organizations in 2008. Over 1,200 kilograms of food and 2 million packets of vitamins were also distributed last year with the help of FOL volunteers.
Wilmington, Oh. — Law enforcement agencies are cautioning the public about the possibility of slick conditions throughout southeastern Indiana Tuesday morning. Use extra care traveling on bridges, overpasses, elevated roadways and exit ramps. Forecasters from the National Weather Service say temperatures will drop to 30 with a chance for some mixed precipitation. Ice and snow, take it slow!
WASHINGTON D.C., CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says nationals from Haiti and Jamaica are among 39 fugitives arrested – 30 males and nine females –for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation.On Wednesday, ICE said that the operation took place from August 27 to 29.The ICE National Fugitive Operations Programme, in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, worked with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal (ERO) Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Salt Lake City and San Francisco field offices to arrest the fugitives.Besides Haiti and Jamaica, ICE said the other persons arrested are from El Salvador, Guatemala, China, Liberia, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Sudan. ICE said the foreign nationals arrested during the operation “all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin.”Of the 39 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven V, ICE said 16 individuals are also criminal immigrants in the US with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to, domestic violence, driving under the influence of liquor, drug distribution, firearm possession, grand theft, reckless endangerment, robbery, fraud and theft. “This operation more than doubled the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014,” ICE said.ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence said “ICE will not allow war criminals and human rights abusers to use the US as a safe haven.“We will never stop looking for them and we will never cease seeking justice for the victims of their crimes,” he said. ICE said those arrested across the US included: Fourteen individuals from Central America implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, to include the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted and killed. There were also four known or suspected human rights violators from China, “complicit in collaborating with the government to assist in forced abortions and sterilizations against victims,” ICE said. In addition, it said four of the arrestees West Africa were “connected to a range of atrocities, including civilian massacres, mutilations, recruitment of child soldiers, extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.”There was also an individual from Europe “implicated in human rights abuses against political opponents through work with a security agency,” ICE said.Since 2003, ICE said it has arrested more than 415 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE said it obtained deportation orders against and physically removed more than 990 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE said it has facilitated the departure of an additional 152 such individuals from the United States.Currently, ICE said it has more than 170 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,600 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries.