Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) for Haitian Leaders in South Florida

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) for Haitian Leaders in South Florida


The Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) in partnership with the Miami Division of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) on Saturday, October 30 at the Weston Community Center.  The seminar was taught by FBI executives, senior special agents and program managers.  The topics included:

  • Health care
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Crime scene evidence collection
  • Cyber [computer] crime
  • Violent crime
  • International and domestic terrorism

 The goals of this seminar were:
  • To be a catalyst for preserving safety and security within Haitian communities.
  • To identify federal crimes affecting communities and understand why law enforcement needs the awareness and cooperation of community leaders
  • To create partnerships and initiatives within Haitian communities.

Twenty executives from the South Florida Haitian community attended the seminar. In addition, the seminar was covered by two local radio correspondents and the Voice of America. Live interviews in Haitian Creole with attendees were also broadcast to the radio stations and the responses were quite favorable.  All twenty participants received a certificate of completion.

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.