Barbados: Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Offences

In February 2018, NCSC conducted a workshop on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offenses for 35 participants (police and prosecutors) from 10 countries across the Caribbean region.

The workshop focused on multi-disciplinary approaches to investigating and prosecuting sexual offenses.  It also provided a platform for networking, discussing shared challenges and the exchange of regional best practices.  Shared challenges included inadequately trained police officers, and the need for collaboration at an inter-agency level where prosecutors and police can maximize resources to assist victims and family members.  The need for a victim/witness unit within prosecution offices was noted by many participants. The workshop also highlighted key aspects of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offenses Cases published by the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project (funded by the Canadian government), which is currently being launched in the Caribbean region.

The workshop was hosted as part of NCSC’s ongoing work under the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Program (CBSI), funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Click here for more information on the CBSI program.