Latin America / Penitentiary systems

The LA/EU Bi-regional Penitentiary Academies Network is delivering results

11 June 2021
Red de Academias Penitenciarias

In this online activity, for Argentina, Pierina Brandi from the Federal Penitentiary Service, presented the advances in gender equality made by the Penitentiary Academies Network and also its training structure.

These advances aroused great interest among attendees, with mention being made of the Micaela Law, promulgated on 10 January 2019, which establishes mandatory training in issues relating to gender and gender-based violence for everyone working in the civil service in the national executive, legislature and judiciary. 

The meeting discussed the attendees’ priorities along with topics to which special attention will be devoted this month; in particular, the issues related to differentiated circuit courts, dynamic security and the fight against TOC infiltration in penitentiary systems.

The need was identified to exchange good practices and lessons learned on the management and treatment of groups at special risk.

In particular: 

  • Pregnant women
  • In the postpartum and breast-feeding period
  • LGBT people, indigenous people and the elderly
  • Children living with their mothers in prison

International Seminar on Penitentiary Systems and Human Rights 

The director of the Uruguayan National Rehabilitation Institute, Fabián Rosano called on all the academy representatives to participate in the international seminar on Penitentiary Systems and Human Rights that will be organised by Uruguay. The event will be held within the framework of the RAP and will count on the collaboration of the UNODC, the Mexican organisation Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC) and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), as well as national authorities and regional and international experts.

The meeting held by the LA/EU Bi-regional Penitentiary Academies Network was another opportunity for meaningful exchange and it was a good time to discuss all the important issues related to the penitentiary sector and to establish fruitful collaboration at the regional and bilateral level with specific technical assistance.