Chaos reigns at RGD

Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT - SYLVIA FA­GAN

JAMAICANS IN the United States are hav­ing a se­ri­ous prob­lem when re­quest­ing copies of their birth pa­pers from the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral’s De­part­ment.

Ap­par­ently, when the in­for­ma­tion from the old orig­i­nal doc­u­ment was trans­ferred to elec­tronic for­mat, a lot of in­for­ma­tion was omit­ted, like your fa­ther’s name if your par­ents were not mar­ried at time of birth. Some folks were filed for by their fa­ther be­cause this in­for­ma­tion was on their orig­i­nal doc­u­ment.

We would like to find out to whom we can ad­dress this prob­lem, be­cause we are be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against as kids born to par­ents who were not mar­ried, and this doc­u­ment we have re­ceived is not be­ing ac­cepted as a copy to the orig­i­nal one.

There is no let­ter at­tached as to why there is a change. We can­not help if our par­ents were not mar­ried at the time of birth, or the fact that the in­for­ma­tion, when en­tered at the time of reg­is­tra­tion, was not prop­erly en­tered.

This birth pa­per has been used for years and years, yet now when we sub­mit this al­tered copy, it does not match up with the orig­i­nal that the gov­ern­ment agency in the US has on record. This is caus­ing a ma­jor prob­lem here.

Can you let us know who we can speak to about this dis­as­ter. A copy of an ex­ist­ing doc­u­ment should be a copy, not al­tered. You can­not al­ter orig­i­nals, be­cause that would be fraud.

The RGD build­ing in Twick­en­ham Park, St Cather­ine.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Dei­dre English Gosse, CEO of the RGD. Her of­fice has been crit­i­cised for its han­dling of ‘birth pa­pers’, ac­cord­ing to Sylvia Fa­gan.

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