British Embassy Santiago and Fundación Amparo y Justicia renew cooperation agreement in Chile

Agreement aims at exchanging expertise to reduce further victimisation of boys, girls and youngsters who have been victims of sex-related crimes.

The British Embassy and Fundación Amparo y Justicia have signed a second cooperation agreement to continue exchanging knowledge aimed at preventing the further victimisation of boys, girls and youngsters who have been victims of sex-related crimes. This initiative will also contribute to the work that the Foundation carries out to train specialists from the Public Prosecution Service, the Chilean Investigations Police and the Chilean Carabineros. The training relates with the use of video interviews for enquiries.

The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Jamie Bowden and the Consul General, John Derrick, from the Embassy, and by Ramón Suárez, President, and Paulina Leiva, General Manager, of Fundación Amparo y Justicia.

For a second consecutive year, this partnership will allow to continue supporting the correct implementation of the Act for Video Interviews enacted in January 2018.

John Derrick, British Consul General, said:

"It is an honour for us to continue supporting the training and education work that Fundación Amparo y Justicia carries out to protect minors who have been victims of sex-related crimes. The use of video interviews has helped to reduce further victimisation, and we believe that the British experience may help in the implementation of public policies focused on the protection and well-being of the victims."

Regarding this partnership with the Embassy, Ramón Suárez, President of the Fundación Amparo y Justicia, said:

"For years, our Foundation has worked to avoid the victimisation of children who are victims of sex-related crimes while their case is being investigated by the Criminal Justice System. The support received from British professionals, such as Sergeant Nick Quine, has been pivotal for the training of specialists in video interviews for enquiries."

Fundación Amparo y Justicia has supported several initiatives for over a decade to assist in the improvement of criminal system procedures aimed at reducing the trauma experiences by young victims of sex-related crimes after their cases enter the courts.

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