Regional Workshop: Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offenses

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.

 

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