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Feb 6, 2020

An International Capacity Building Training to Address Online Chid Exploitation

Representatives from various institutions including Human Services, the Police Department and members from the Judiciary, including judges and prosecutors have been engaged in a three-day workshop on the online exploitation of children.  It is being spearheaded by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and seeks to build capacity of the Belizean authorities as well as the judiciary officers and provide them with the tools to detect and better address the issue of online child exploitation. According to Director of Law Enforcement Training and Technology at ICMEC (Ik-mec), Guillermo Galarza, the training is being done in partnership with the United Nations of Drugs and Crime’s Cybercrime programme.

 

Guillermo Galarza Abizaid

Guillermo Galarza Abizaid, Dir. of Law Enforcement Training & Technology, ICMEC

“We are training those police officers to get a basic understanding of the issue, to get a basic knowledge of how to do proactive work and really to create awareness. This is a global issue; it’s not just here in Belize, but it is all over the world. So our hope is to really build capacity by educating those front line officers and investigators. One of the great initiatives that we have developed is that we have developed partnerships with the industry: companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other companies have taken a very proactive approach into developing tools and working with law enforcement to really try to protect children online. We work with many other organizations and private industry companies that have developed some of the tools to identify victims online and reduce the workload of the investigators trying to identify these victims.”


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