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UNODC Strengthens Capacities in Trinidad and Tobago on Attention of Child Sexual Abuse Online

Trinidad and Tobago, August 28th-30st, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Global Cybercrime Programme under the project "Strengthening Trinidad and Tobago's Capabilities to Prevent and Effectively Counter Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Online and Related Offenses" held a workshop on psychosocial support, and other specialized support for victims of online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, addressed to 17 government officials from security and attention institutions and NGO technical staff.

In the opening ceremony participated the High Co High Commissioner for Canada in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, H.E Mr. Arif Keshani; the Senior Analyst/Examiner of Cyber & Social Media Unit from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Mr. Marvin Walker (Ag. SGT.); the Senior Advisor on Public Policy and Human Trafficking National Center on Sexual Exploitation of USA, Dr. Stephany Powell; and UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime Regional Coordinator for Central America and the Caribbean, Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez.

The sessions provided information on the Dynamics of Victimization, Pedophile manipulation of minors, expert interviewing, comprehensive evidence, and developing an adequate child protection Plan. These sessions provided a space for understanding the exceptional cases of this crime.  

The enriching participation in these initiatives involves 16 prominent professionals from the Police Service, specifically the Cyber and Social Unit, the Department of Special Victims, and the Child Protection Unit. Additionally, from the Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs (AGLA), Children's Authority, and ChildLine, alongside dedicated organizations like La Casita, PADF, and Heroes Foundation.

These actions were carried out with the assistance of internationally renowned experts from the United States and UNODC, thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada.