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guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 6, 2017
The recipient of
an of the
issued a di-
rect appeal to
ers to do all
they can to re-
duce the blight of
women and girls of
She also appealed to
the leaders, assembled at the Grenada Trade Centre,
St Georges for the opening of the 38 Caricom heads
of Government Meeting to do all they can to put the
recognition of domestic workers as a priority item on
the national agenda.
Pryce, a Jamaican, was presented with the Caricom
award by its new chairman, Grenada Prime Minister
Dr Keith Mitchell. The award is presented triennially
to women who have made outstanding contributions
to the region.
In her acceptance address, Pryce said she was com-
mitted to reducing the scourge of violence against
women and girls which has reached unprecedented
levels in the region and the world.
She said the women of the region need the support
of all the Caricom leaders "to bring this blight in our
society to an end. Our women and girls must feel safe,
we must feel valued, we must be free from violence."
Pryce stressed: "We need stronger laws to protect
the vulnerable and to bring the perpetrators to justice."
She pledged to "continue to fight for the sweeping
changes in the laws that are needed across the region
to protect the rights of women, especially domestic
Dealing with the issue of recognition for domestic
work, she said such workers in many Caricom states
don't receive benefits such as maternity leave, sick
leave, health insurance.
"Domestic work is not recognised as real work,"
Pryce said while some countries have taken leg-
islative steps,a lot of work is needed to enforce the
She said she and domestic workers across the world
lobbied the ILO for laws to protect themselves years
Pryce said the ILO convention on domestic work
was ratified by Jamaica and Guyana.
"We are asking you to please when you go back
home make that your mandate," she told the other
Caricom Heads, including T&T Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley, who were seated on the stage.
"We are asking please we need sweeping changes
across the region here," she said.
Pryce said she felt very embarrassed when she trav-
elled abroad because "I fought for this convention,
was instrumental in Geneva to get it on agenda and
implementation. Put domestic workers on your agen-
winner to leaders:
A woman, born in Jamaica and adopted by
a Trinidadian couple over three decades ago,
has won her lawsuit over the right of her and
her 13-year-old child to claim T&T citizenship.
Delivering a 19-page judgment at the Hall of Jus-
tice in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday, Court of Appeal
judge Nolan Bereaux ruled in favour of Susan Jack-
son and her son, Jordon Leiba, who sued the Chief
Immigration Officer and the National Security
Ministry after their passports were seized
by immigration officials when they went
for renewal in 2010.
Bereaux ruled that at the time of
Jackson's adoption in Kingston, Ja-
maica in 1983 she was not entitled to
citizenship as there was no provisions
under the Constitution, the Citizen-
ship Act or the Adoption of Children
Act that afforded citizenship to chil-
dren adopted by Trinidadian parents
in a foreign territory.
He stated that Jackson's claim for cit-
izenship would have failed if not for an
amendment of the Adoption of Children Act
made in 2000 and proclaimed in May 2015, which
recognises foreign adoptions. As a result, Leiba is
entitled to citizenship by way of decent.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Appellate judge
Peter Jamadar, also sat on the appeal and agreed
with Bereaux's reasoning.
Jackson was born in 1981 and was adopted two
years later by Trinidadian couple Trevor and Jean
Jackson, while they were residing in Jamaica.
Jackson's adopted parents successfully ap-
plied for a passport for her, which was renewed
on several occasions before it was eventually
Jackson grew up in Jamaica. Her son was
born to a Jamaican father in March 2004 and
she obtained a passport for the child at the
T&T High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica.
Shortly after emigrating to Canada in 2010,
Jackson and her son went to T&T Consulate office
in Toronto to renew their passports.
However, their travel documents were seized and
they were informed that were not citizens of T&T.
Jackson sued and was initially won, which led to the
Bereaux noted that at the time of the original
decision in the case, the amendment had not yet
come into effect and the trial judge misconstrued
the older legislation in Jackson and Leiba's favour.
"The appellants (Chief Immigration Officer and
National Security Ministry) would have ordinarily
won the entire appeal but for the proclamation of
the 2000 Act," Bereaux said.
In his judgement, Bereaux disagreed with the trial
judge who additionally ruled that the consulate and
the Immigration Division acted illegally in seizing
"The initial decision to seize the passports and
to refuse to restore them was justified because at
the dates of seizure and refusal, the 2000 Act was
not yet in force and the respondents (Jackson and
Leiba) did not then qualify as citizens for the reasons
given," Bereaux said.
He said that while the mother and son effectively
won their case, the State should not be made to pay
their legal fees as its agents were justified in scruti-
nising's their citizenship.
Jackson and Leiba were represented by Ian Benja-
min and Ravi Heffes-Doon, while Assistant Solicitor
General Neil Byam represented the State.
girls in region
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