Jamaican Among American Fellows


CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. May 12, 2009: A Jamaican lawyer is among the 2009 American Fellows.

Attorney-at-Law Tasha Manley has been selected to participate in the American Fellows Program administered by the Partners of the Americas, and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Manley, who is Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Office in Jamaica, will do her fellowship at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Office of Cooperative Enforcement in Washington D.C.

While there she will see firsthand how the Commission ensures enforcement of commodity futures laws by engaging in criminal cooperative enforcement with Federal, State, and international agencies and branches of the U.S. government.

Manley says she is elated at the opportunity and looking forward to investigating methods employed in dealing with financial crimes, knowledge that will be beneficial to her, particularly in light of the Mutual Criminal Assistance Agreements signed by the governments of Jamaica and the United States.

`I hope that exposure to U.S. jurisprudence will enable me to contribute to the development of the legal system of my own country, and will no doubt assist me in litigation before the Jamaican courts in matters involving U.S. law, particularly in issues of extradition, cross-border financial crimes, and asset forfeiture,` she said in a U.S. Embassy of Jamaica statement.

The fellowship will be for three months.

The American Fellows Program sponsors international exchanges of outstanding civil servants to promote mutual understanding and excellence among governments in the Western Hemisphere. This is undertaken by the exchange of technical expertise and resources by sending and receiving agencies that in turn serves to improve the relationship between the Unites States and its neighbors.


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