OJJDP Staff Offer Best Practices, Lessons Learned
to Foreign Delegations
OJJDP staff met with three foreign delegations in June and July to offer lessons learned and share best practices that might be implemented in their respective countries.
In July, OJJDP met with law enforcement officials from Spain to share information about the Office's broad array of programs to address the sexual exploitation of children.
- On July 8, OJJDP staff met with senior law enforcement officials from Spain to share information on strategies for preventing and addressing the sexual exploitation of childrena growing problem in that country and around the world. Included in the Spanish delegation were Roberto Fernandez (chief, Protection of Minors Unit, Spanish National Police); Juan Salom (chief, Cyber Crime Unit, Civil Guard); Javier Garcia (technical advisor, Office of the Ombudsman for the Protection of Minors, Madrid); and Luis Uriarte (prosecutor, Provincial Court, Pontevedra). OJJDP staff offered comprehensive information about the activities of the Office's Child Protection Division, AMBER Alert system, Internet Crimes Against Children task force program, and Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography (SMART) system. A focal point of the discussion was the use of the Internet to monitor sex offenders, create awareness, and foster more effective communication between practitioners, researchers, law enforcement personnel, and policymakers.
- On June 19, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, OJJDP Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski, and other OJJDP staff met with representatives from the British Ministry of Justice to discuss OJJDP's ongoing initiatives for preventing and intervening in juvenile delinquency. The meeting focused on OJJDP's rehabilitation programs for juvenile offenders, programs to prevent early-onset offending, and the issue of teen violence and dating/domestic violence. OJJDP offered a detailed overview of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and summaries of the programs and activities of OJJDP and other agencies within OJP. Future collaboration between the British Ministry of Justice and OJJDP was discussed at length, including ongoing information sharing about programs, research, juvenile justice statistics, implementation strategies, and methods for replicating successful programs.
Brazilian entertainer and social activist Alex Pereira Barboza, (third from left), met with OJJDP staff in early June to discuss strategies for preventing juvenile delinquency in his country.
- On June 2, OJJDP welcomed Alex Pereira Barboza, a Brazilian social activist, author, and rapper to discuss intervention, safe-space programs, and numerous other initiatives to combat juvenile delinquency in his country. OJJDP staff and interns participated in a roundtable discussion with Mr. Barboza (also known as MV Bill) and shared information from the OJJDP Model Programs Guide. Also, Mr. Barboza was pleased to learn that a current OJJDP grantee, Youth Crime Watch, a youth-led crime prevention program, has been replicated in Brazil and numerous other countries.