July 2020 - The UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Mexico, with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico and within the framework of the global project CRIMJUST, began the implementation of the Program for Strengthening the Security of Groups in Situations of Vulnerability in 2016, which to date has trained more than 10,000police officers and first responders, in 25 states and 20 municipalities of Mexico.
The Program aims to strengthen the emergency response of the police and immediate response centers in matters of gender-based violence, and thus improve coordination with the Women's Justice Centers, promoting a comprehensive response and appropriate referral of victims.
An impact assessment of the program showed an average improvement of 28.14% among UNODC-trained police officers in their skills in dealing with women victims of gender violence compared to police officers who do not take our training. A total of of 1,816 law enforcement officers were surveyed, including a control group of 716 untrained officers and 1,100 trained officers. The total improvement of police responses to gender-based violence was calculated based on the results on the key indices that operationalize the project's objective:
In summary, the conclusions drawn from the results are as follows:
UNODC offers specialized assistance in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice system responses to violence against women. The Office is currently assisting 18 countries, providing legislative and policy support and developing the capacity of criminal justice systems to more effectively prevent, investigate, prosecute and punish related crimes, to provide access to legal aid and to empower and protect victims, survivors and witnesses.
CRIMJUST is funded by the European Union under the framework of the "Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP)" and by the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). It seeks to enhance law enforcement and judicial counter-narcotic strategies beyond interdiction activities and to foster transnational responses targeting each stage of the drug supply chain.
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