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UNODC signs letter of understanding with the Attorney General's Office of the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, November 29, 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Attorney General's Office of the Dominican Republic have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to strengthen the mechanisms of investigation and prosecution related to transnational organized crime in all its forms and dimensions.

This document has been signed by the UNODC regional representative, José Vila del Castillo, and the Attorney General of the Republic, Jean Rodríguez.
It mentions that among the areas of cooperation are trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, as well as cybercrime, terrorism, illicit trafficking in drugs and firearms, natural resources and smuggling.
José Vila del Castillo said that UNODC has been working for five years with the Dominican Republic and that, with the signing of the memorandum, new methods of cooperation are established.

He stressed that a larger office will be opened with international staff, with programs to fight high seas crime, and that, within the possibilities, they will bring to the Dominican Republic the entire forensic medicine program.
Jean Rodriguez thanked and recognized that it will be of great benefit to the country the cooperation that will be received through this important memorandum of understanding, since it will guarantee that the efforts that are being made to prosecute these crimes will be more effective.

"Transnational organized crime uses many tactics and justice and other institutions that work in the persecution of this scourge must be strengthened through this type of agreement to overcome these forms effectively," said Rodriguez.
He added that the country will take full advantage of the support of the UNODC so that the institutions respond efficiently to the different modalities of transnational organized crime.
This understanding agreement establishes that policies and priorities to strengthen crime prevention and access to justice are jointly agreed within the framework of reciprocal cooperation.