In February 2018, 38 prosecutors and investigators from Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia convened in Bridgetown Barbados for a 2-day workshop on the investigation and prosecution of sexual offenses.
The activity provided a platform for networking, discussions of shared challenges and exchanges of regional best practices between stakeholders working with vulnerable populations. Shared challenges included a need for police sensitivity training and and the need for collaboration on an inter-agency level where prosecutors and and police can maximize resources to assist victims and family members. The need for a victim/witness unit within the prosecutors offices was voiced by many countries.
The workshop also presented a unique opportunity for donor coordination as a presentation was conducted on the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region – an initiative funded by the JURIST Project.