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Immigration Dresses Down for a Cause

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith hands over funds raised by staff to Youth Development Consortium Director Sylvia Wilks. Also pictured is Assistant HR Manager Felicia Deslandes.

Department of Immigration employees demonstrated their support for child abuse prevention last Friday (24 April). Staff staged a dress down day featuring blue outfits, and as a result, handed over some $270 to the Cayman Islands Youth Develop Consortium.

Immigration's Assistant Human Resource Manager Felicia Deslandes said that funds were raised by selling blue ribbons to staff-part of the consortium's Blue Ribbon Campaign.

Consortium Director Sylvia Wilks explained that the ribbons are being sold throughout April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. She commended the staff for embracing the campaign and for their initiative in staging the dress down day.

"We asked organisations to join the campaign by encouraging employees to donate $1.00 to obtain a ribbon and to wear it to show support for child abuse prevention and to promote awareness," Ms Wilks said.

She noted that while other government departments are involved in the campaign, Immigration was the only entity to take it a step further by staging a dress down day to raise funds. Sixty-four staff took part although by law, uniformed officers were excluded since they must wear uniforms at all times when on the job.

The Consortium is a youth development organisation geared towards motivating local youth and instilling in them positive values, social competencies and a commitment to learning.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith said the department fully supports the Blue Ribbon Campaign in its goal of protecting Cayman's children from abuse. Congratulating employees for getting on board, he said. "As a department, all our functions are committed to promoting a secure and healthy social environment in which our people, especially our young citizens, can thrive."

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