Public Education Committee (PEC)

 The PEC is responsible for sensitizing the public on AML/CFT issues generally and specifically with regard to the conduct of the NRA.  The goal of the PEC is to make the pubic aware of the nature, scope and consequences of money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation thereby enabling them to guard against being used to perpetuate such activities or becoming innocent victims.

To successfully achieve its goal the PEC will engage in various campaigns including publishing literature on the NRA and AML/CFT matters, participating in speaking engagements and using email, social and online media to disseminate information to the public. 

Through its education campaign the PEC hopes to properly arm the public with the knowledge to decipher the triggers or red flags relative to money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation.  In so doing, the public will become more effective partners of law enforcement in its efforts to stem the tide of criminality associated with such activities and ensure greater stability in the community.  

The PEC also hopes to reinforce to the members of the public that the good reputation of the Virgin Islands is fundamental to the growth of business and the funding, expansion and development of social services.

Members of the PEC:

  • Mr. Leon Wheatley (Chairman)
  • Mrs. Carla Hodge
  • Ms. Trevecca Hodge
  • Ms. Vinette Forbes 
  • Ms. Natoya Frett 
  • Ms. Sheynel Smith 
  • Mrs. Nadia James-Harris

Awareness Campaign Focuses On Customer Due Diligence

Wednesday, February 10 - The Public Education Committee (PEC) which forms part of the National Risk Assessment Framework, has partnered with the Elmore Stoutt High School Drama Society to produce an infomercial as part of an awareness campaign to sensitise the public on Customer Due Diligence.
On behalf of the PEC, the Chairperson, Ms. Trevecca Hodge expressed gratitude to the drama society for their assistance with the infomercial, during a presentation of an all-in-one printer as a token of appreciation. She explained that the infomercial highlights customer due diligence, why it is important and the type of information that is required by institutions such as banks and insurance companies.
Drama Society Teacher Mrs. Janice George-Harris thanked the PEC for allowing the drama society the opportunity to give back to the community by doing the infomercial and expressed gratitude for the token presented.

The infomercial is currently airing on local radio and television stations.  The PEC is also preparing a complementary educational pamphlet for dissemination.    
The PEC’s responsibility is to sensitise the public on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism and proliferation financing measures through various campaigns including the publishing of literature and producing infomercials as partnered with the drama society.
The PEC was established by the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands in April 2014 in preparation for the Virgin Islands’ mutual evaluation by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in 2017.  The PEC forms part of the National Risk Assessment Framework which also includes the National Risk Assessment Council and the National Risk Assessment Steering Group.
Notes to Editors:
Chairperson of the Public Education Committee of the National Risk Assessment, Ms. Trevecca Hodge is pictured presenting an all-in-one printer to the Elmore Stoutt High School Drama Society. She was accompanied by fellow members of the Public Education Committee, while the Drama Society was represented by President Mr. Delorne Bobb, and student body members Ms. Keilin Araujo, Mr. J’mi Smith, along with Drama Society Teacher Mrs. Janice George-Harris. (Photo Credit: Franklyn Skerritt/GIS)