A regional Latin American event not to be missed | Why INHOPE is in Quito, Ecuador this week
December 02, 2015
INHOPE is present this week at a regional conference, training and workshop event in Latin America, organised by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children with UNICEF within the framework of the WePROTECT initiative: Together for a Protected Childhood Combating Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Abuse.
Our participation in part of ongoing engagement and efforts to support child online protection and hotline initiatives across Latin America in 2014 and 2015, and it is reflection of the close collaboration between INHOPE Foundation and ICMEC in Latin America. With Interpol represented by the South America Regional Bureau, this is also a forum to showcase the close cooperation between Interpol and INHOPE though the ICCAM platform.
On 1 December, INHOPE spoke on an international panel about Comprehensive Response to Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Abuse – Good Practices, and presented the global network of hotlines and the role that a national hotline can play in responding to child sexual abuse material on the Internet.
On 2 December, INHOPE Foundation will lead a regional hotline forum with participation by existing members – Safernet Brazil – Foundation Participant hotlines – Te Protejo Colombia and the Peruvian Network against Child Pornography (RCPI), as well as organisations from Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador that are actively engaged in hotline development. Also present at the forum are speakers from NCMEC in the USA, and Child Focus Belgium, who will give some perspectives on the challenges as well as good practice in hotline operations and national and international cooperation mechanisms.
On 3 December, INHOPE Foundation will moderate a roundtable for Ecuadorean stakeholders from the government, private sector and civil society and representatives from ICMEC and UNICEF, to assess progress since the first national roundtable on child online protection held in Quito in April 2015 and attended by INHOPE Foundation, and to develop a plan for action in relation to the establishment of a national hotline.
The overall objective for the week is to build cooperation across organisations and sectors in efforts to respond to online child sexual exploitation and abuse. For INHOPE, a key objective is to develop cooperation between the existing and potential hotline organisations in Latin America.
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