Eric Stromayer and Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast discuss irregular maritime migration in the Caribbean

By Amitié FM, Jan. 8, 2024

The Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Haiti.

Éric Stromayer and Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast (HSTF-SE) officials discussed the Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS) program, which aims to respond to irregular maritime migration in the Caribbean and Florida Straits. 

According to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince dated Monday, January 8, 2024, leaders of the Unified Command HSTF-SE met this Monday with the Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, Eric Stromayer, to discuss the OVS and other maritime security initiatives in the Caribbean at the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast District Seven office in Miami, Florida. 

The HSTF-SE,is a team led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prevent loss of life at sea and interdict illegal maritime migration attempts with federal, state and local partners.

It provides operational and tactical planning, command and control, and as a permanent organization to deter, mitigate and respond to mass maritime migration in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits. HSTF-SE is the DHS-supported entity for maritime migration operations in the Caribbean, and HSTF-SE partners include federal, state and local agencies.

The meeting between the Chargé d'Affaires and HSTF-SE was organized as a prelude to National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States, which is celebrated every year on January 11. In recognition of this important day, and throughout the month of January, Blue Campaign organizes several special events and educational activities, the most important of which is Wear BlueDay. 

On this day, Blue Campaign invites the public to take photos of themselves, friends, family and colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social networks with the hashtag #WearBlueDay.

 

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