During the Latin America and Caribbean week held in France, more than thirty high level representatives from 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as about 10 French experts, took part in a workshop entitled "Children and teenagers: violence victims and perpetrators", organised by Expertise France from the 2nd to the 4th of June.
This workshop, held in Paris within the framework of the COMA  project (Coopérons mieux avec les Amériques, or “For a better cooperation with the Americas”), dealt with the impact of violence against and by the youth.
For three days, stakeholders from the justice, children protection, and non-governmental organisations sectors, discussed the youth protection and violence prevention public policies in their respective countries, as well as reintegration measures for young offenders. from the heads of the judicial powers, of the Ministries of Justice and the Interior (Justice Minister of Ecuador, President of the Supreme Court in Nicaragua, etc.) discussed the various approaches and experiences leading to positive results in this area.
To conclude this workshop, all the participants, alongside Sébastien Mosneron Dupin, Expertise France Chief Executive Officer, were received at the Palais de l’Élysée on the 4th of June. François Hollande, President of the Republic, took this opportunity to highlight the importance of cooperation between France, Latin America and the Caribbean, and expressed the wish to reinforce relationships through cultural, economic, and social initiatives.
By Beatriz Aguirre