The agreement with the province of Misiones provides for the exchange of information to strengthen the databases of both national and provincial registries, training for operators involved in the search for missing minors, promotion of dissemination campaigns on the subject and implementation of any other type of action, whose purpose is to protect or restore the rights of missing children and adolescents in all jurisdictions. This is the second agreement with these characteristics that the national portfolio has signed in the last month with a provincial executive, adding to the agreement signed with the province of Buenos Aires, the one that alleviated the largest number of cases of missing minors during the first week of August.
So far this year, the National Register of Information on Missing Minors has received 13 cases of missing minors from Misiones, while the province has received 66 complaints related to the loss of children and adolescents. Of these cases, 2 minors are still being sought on the territory of the district.
In this regard, Minister Soria stated: “Children and juveniles should have the accompaniment and protection of both the national state and the provincial states, that is why from the Ministry of Justice we are communicating with the different provinces of our country to cooperate in the search and the protection of missing minors. The abandonment of this policy in 2016 and 2019 is something that cannot be repeated, the protection of children and the full exercise of their rights is the duty of all governments.
The signing of this agreement is part of work to restore the registry authority, which began so far in 2022 and has already registered 536 cases, surpassing the 453 that were investigated in 2020, the last year in which work was carried out. dismantled structure of the previous government.
This recovery work seeks to restore the operational efficiency and effectiveness that the agency had achieved between 2003 and 2014 thanks to the interaction with the various national and provincial agencies when it came to registering and cooperating in more than 35,000 cases, but as of 2016, it was constantly deteriorating, leading to paralysis of the body’s activity.
The decrease in registration and cooperation in cases of missing children and adolescents in the territory of Argentina was also confirmed in the cases of articulation with Misiones, which went from sending 170 cases of search to the National Registry before 2015 to 28 cases between 2016 and 2019 .
For her part, the Minister of Human Rights of Misiones, Karina Aguirre, confirmed that “this is a fundamental day because we are serving the most vulnerable” and added “The seriousness of the abandonment that this program suffered between 2016 and 2019 is, that one does not drop out of a program, boys and girls were abandoned. As a missionary, it is necessary to add tools such as those that strengthen the search system for lost children and adolescents, 90% of the border of the province is bordered by Brazil and Paraguay. Because of these characteristics, among others, we need this type of action to prevent the loss of children, but also lead to human trafficking and violence.”
The National Registry of Information on Missing Minors, established in July 2003 after the sanction of Law 25,746, releases and intervenes in cases throughout the country. Although the law stipulates that those who report to the agency are the judicial authorities and the security forces of the provinces and the city of Buenos Aires, since its creation the ministry has coordinated with various entities (municipalities, provincial registries and agencies of the Protection System). Comprehensive children and adolescents among others) to strengthen the database as much as possible.
The Registry receives all information relating to whereabouts reports, findings, notifications of searches left without results and any other communication via official email [email protected]free line 142 and/or 0800-122-2442.