Collaboration is Essential

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Reversing the tide of violence committed by young men ages 15-35


The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland, KC

Secretary General of the Commonwealth

  • The was born on August 19, 1955, in Dominica.

  • Scotland and her family moved to the UK, where she grew up in east London.

  • She pursued a career in law and became the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1991. At the age of 35, she also became the youngest woman to be made a QC.

  • She achieved several notable firsts, including being the first black woman to be appointed Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder, and Master of Middle Temple.

  • In 1997, she joined the House of Lords as Baroness Scotland of Asthal and served as a minister in various government departments, including the Foreign Office, Home Office, and Lord Chancellor’s Department.


1. A shared understanding of how collaboration helps to decrease violence by young males, saves lives and money

2. Strengthen partnerships between those who operate on the political, administrative and face-to-face levels

3. Action Plans to set up Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Committees (MARAC)


Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Date: June 14-16, 2023

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