The British Embassy in Santiago and Fundación Amparo y Justicia have signed a cooperation agreement to exchange knowledge aimed at reducing further victimisation of boys, girls and youngsters who have been victims of sex-related crimes.
The agreement is made possible with the involvement of Sergeant Nick Quine, who has already been in Chile to give training to specialists from the Public Prosecution Service, the Chilean Investigations Police and the Chilean Carabineros. They are being trained in the use of video interviews for enquiries.
Regarding this partnership with the Embassy, Ramón Suárez, President of the Fundación Amparo y Justicia, said:
Thanks to the Act for Video Interviews passed by the Senate, this partnership with the Embassy will facilitate the carrying out of video interviews for cases in Chile not only within the required standards of quality, but also following a feasible procedure adapted to the needs and realities of the institutions responsible for investigating sex-related child crimes.
Mal Green, Consul General of the British Embassy in Chile, said:
Through our experience in the United Kingdom, where video interviews with children are used to avoid them having to submit statements on repeated occasions, we expect to help in the implementation of public policies safeguarding the protection of boys, girls and youngsters.
The non-profit organisation has supported several initiatives since 2007 to assist in the improvement of criminal system procedures aimed at reducing the trauma experienced by young victims of sex-related crimes after their cases enter the courts.
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