JAMAICA DIASPORA SOUTHERN USA
One Love...One Voice...One Goal
Jamaica Diaspora Southern USA (JDSUSA)
Welcome to The Jamaica Diaspora Southern United States of America. The region is geographically constituted by the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The Jamaica Diaspora Southern United States of America region is represented by one of seven members of Jamaica Diaspora Board Advisory Board. The Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board was born out of the first Biennial National Diaspora Conference convened by the Government of Jamaica and held in Kingston, Jamaica in June 2004. Jamaican Diasporians in their designated geographical regions now select its board members representatives.
Three members from the United States, two from Canada and two from the United Kingdom, constitute the board. The board members are mandated by a Terms of Reference to represent the interest of their respective Jamaican Diaspora while working closely with the Jamaican foreign missions and Embassies in their respective regions. They are charged with maintaining an advisory position to Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and to enhance and maintain close relationship and interest of the people and government of Jamaica.
All Jamaicans by birth, naturalization or ancestry living in the Southern USA region are automatically endowed members of the JDSUSA. It is estimated that there is an eclectic mix of approximately 700,000 Jamaican Diasporians in the Southern USA Region.
I charge and encourage all members of the JDSUSA to become informed, connected, organized and involved. We must continue to contribute to the achievable goals of Jamaica’s positive nation building and the strengthening of our Jamaican communities in the JDSUDSA.
Wayne C. Golding Sr. Esq.
Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member Southern USA
"Life Changing Results for Involuntary Returnees"
Southern United States
Tel: 407-443 3317
Fax: 407-574 7623
P.O Box 4336, Orlando
JAMAICA DIASPORA BOARD MEMBER FOR SOUTHERN USA ANNOUNCES
ANOTHER SUCCESS RESULTING FROM THE 6TH BIENNIAL JAMAICA DIASPORA
CONFERENCE – “LIFE CHANGING RESULTS FOR SOME INVOLUNTARY
September 20th, 2015 reveals yet another credible, practical and tangible
historic accomplishment for the Jamaican Diaspora when a Jamaican born brother
and sister greeted the soil of the United States of America with hopes and dreams
not unlike those who traversed Ellis Island, New York during the early days of
migration. Devon Cameron and his sister Donna Cameron made history when they
landed at John F. Kennedy Airport just a few miles from Ellis Island and the grand
Statute of Liberty and were each welcomed home as United States Citizens. This
brother and sister were deported to Jamaica in 1989 and forever banned from
reentering the USA as result of drug related offenses, which occurred when they
were young adults previously living in the USA as permanent residents.
June 13th-18th, 2015 saw the Government of Jamaica and it’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade hosting of the 6th Biennial Diaspora Conference in
Montego Bay Jamaica. The conference included an Inaugural Symposium on
Immigration that was paced on the agenda after consultations between the Diaspora
Board members and Honorable Minister of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown. The last day of the conference was specifically
designated Diaspora Day of Service. As their contribution, the Jamaica Diaspora
Advisory Board Member for the Southern USA, Wayne C. Golding Sr. along with
fellow Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the South East USA, Joan Pinnoch Esq.
created a pro bono project to meet and consult with involuntary returnees to
Jamaica. Each returnee’s individual case and legally analyzed to determined if there
was any possibilities for him or her to return to the deporting country legally. Both
board members are attorneys in the United States practicing extensively in the areas
On June 18th, 2015 both attorney’s met with over 50 involuntary returnees at
the Hilton Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay and gathered the relevant information to
do follow up investigation on their cases. The session also provided closure to those
who needed to get a legal opinion on their current status and whether there were
any legal options to return. The Cameron siblings were just two of the involuntary
returnees who attended the June 18th, 2015 informational forum. Upon being interviewed
by Attorney Pinnoch, it was immediately determined that both would immediately
have a right to return to the United States legally. This was premised on the fact that
although both had been born in Jamaica they had derived U.S Citizenship through
their parent and should not have been deported from the United States.
Both Cameron siblings were instructed on the necessary procedure to
procure their United States Passports and subsequently a mere two-months later on
September 9th. 2015 they both received one the world most coveted passports from
the U.S Consulate in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Pinnock and Golding returned to Jamaica on
September 17, 2015 to conduct another information forum for another forty involuntary
returnees at the Jamaica Pegasus. At the forum, it was determined that at least four of the
attendees were eligible to return to the United States under the same circumstance as the
Cameron siblings. The Diaspora Board members have been partnering with Family
Unification and Resettlement Initiative (FURI), a New York- based, Non Profit
Organization formed by a member of the Jamaica Diaspora Carmeta Lindo for the
purpose of assisting involuntary returnees.
Twenty-Six years later on Sunday September 20th, 2015, Pinnock confidently
boarded a flight escorting United States Citizens Devon Cameron and Donna
Cameron back to the United States and their longing families. After the customary
immigration checks they were admitted and welcomed home. This marked the first
steps to healing for just one of the families devastated and ravaged by deportation.
The work of the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board members is destined to
and will reap additional benefits for Jamaica and its Diaspora in the area of
Immigration. They will continue to lobby and also return to Jamaica in a few months
to continue the work and service that they have began.