Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) for South Florida African-American and Caribbean...

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) for South Florida African-American and Caribbean Communities Leaders


The FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association – South Florida (FBI CAAA-SF) in partnership with the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF),  hosted their second in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) program on Saturday, February 26, in Davie Florida.


30 Community leaders from the African-American and Caribbean communities  came to together and enjoyed a stimulating presentation on Civil Rights as well as  an informal “dialogue” regarding issues of the African American and Caribbean-American communities.


This is a two-part CREST program.  The second phase, as determined from this “dialogue,” will consist of a Town Hall for youth from the African-American and Caribbean communities.  The Town Hall will take place within the next few months.

Special Agent Brett Hovington, Unit Chief from Washington, DC facilitated the “Discover Through Dialogue” section.  And John Gilles, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Division was also in attendance and made himself available for all the questions and answers.


Aldy Castor MD

President Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)


The FBI CREST Program is a shorter, focused version of the FBI Citizens’ Academy, usually a day in length.  Seminars are offered to community groups at their choice of location.  Participants learn about the mission, history, accomplishments and workings of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, with topical sessions customized to meet the interests and needs of the community.  Through CREST, the FBI can promote the exchange of information and help communities understand, prepare for and solve problems related to federal crimes.

The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.