As you may be aware, the US State Department frequently issues travel advisories for international locations.
Recently, they issued a travel advisory for the Dominican Republic.
You can read that advisory here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/dominican-republic-travel-advisory.html
The US State Dept has the DR listed as a Level 2 Travel Advisory.
Just so that you understand, there are many countries with this current level of travel advisory that Americans frequently travel to (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa).
We wanted to let you know that we are aware of the situation and have been closely monitoring things in the DR.
We have a staff of both Dominican nationals and Americans who serve as our eyes and ears on the ground.
The areas where we serve and do ministry have not been affected by these recent reports of deaths and/or violence.
(Most of the occurrences have taken place at resort hotels in Punta Cana and La Romana).
The Dominican Republic has over 6.5 million visitors each year.
While the death of 9 Americans in the past year is unnerving, it is not a major cause for concern as being out of the norm for any country that has that many visitors.
SCORE has taken over 3,000 people on average to the DR every year for the past decade.
We know where we are going, who we are working with, and what to watch out for.
We will continue to monitor the situation in the DR and will let you know if anything changes from our perspective.
At this point, we feel 100% safe with you proceeding with your trip and going to serve in the DR.
If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact our Home Office.