The Northern Triangle of Central America


Project


Strengthening Capacities for the Criminal Prevention of Cross-Border Crimes against Women, Girls and Other Vulnerable Persons in the North Triangle of Central America

2018-2021


Presentation and objectives


The majority of victims of human trafficking worldwide are female. Migrant women and girls are a vulnerable group that may be targeted by criminal organizations, particularly for sexual exploitation. To address these challenges, the project will pay special attention to cross-border crimes that particularly affect women, girls and other vulnerable people.

Taking into account the specific challenges that hinder women's participation in justice mechanisms, this project will improve services for women and girl victims, including facilitating access to quality legal representation for these vulnerable groups and bringing emblematic cases before the courts. The project will also strengthen legislative frameworks and administrative mechanisms to combat these crimes against women, girls and other vulnerable persons.

Main objectives: 

  • strengthening the capacities of justice actors to support and prosecute cross-border crimes against women, girls and other vulnerable persons and increase the capacity of justice actors to apply international standards relating to these crimes;
  • strengthening the capacity of justice actors to recommend improvements to the normative framework for cross-border crimes against women, girls and other vulnerable persons, as well as support the consolidation of coordination between specialized justice institutions in the prevention and criminal prosecution of such crimes in the three countries.

Expected results


  • The capacities of legal professionals in supporting victims and prosecuting cross-border crimes are strengthened, enabling judicial progress to be made in emblematic cases;
  • the regional coordination of justice institutions specialized in the prevention and repression of cross-border crime is improved, allowing a more effective institutional response;
  • civil society organizations are better able to recommend improvements to the normative framework for cross-border crimes;
  • the understanding of international standards relating to cross-border crimes by justice actors is improved.

Local partner


Guatemala

  • Public Prosecutor (PP)
  • Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons (SVET)
  • Attorney General's Office (PGN)
  • The Sobrevivientes Foundation
  • Feminist Human Rights Cabinet
  • Center for Legal Action in Human Rights (CALDH)
  • Human Rights Office (BDH)

Honduras

  • Public Prosecutor (PP)
  • Inter-institutional Commission against Sexual Exploitation, Trade and Trafficking in Persons
  • Centre for Research and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH)
  • Foundation for Justice and the Democratic Rule of Law

Salvador 

  • Public Prosecutor (PP)
  • Attorney General's Office (PGR)
  • Cristosala

Financial partner


Global Affairs Canada's Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) 


Thanks to our partners without borders

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