The Undersecretariat for Children evaluates the project of videotaped interviews in the judicial system: “We are facing a paradigm shift” – AdPrensa

Yolanda Pizarro attended the ceremony that officially launched the third and final phase of the project, which will prevent the re-victimization of children and adolescents who are victims of crimes.

“We want changing the adult-oriented view where we do not prioritize the rights of children and adolescents. With this project, we focus on these violated rights and prevent their violation,” the department said.

Santiago, October 03, 2022 – The Undersecretary for Children’s Affairs, Yolanda Pizarro, emphasized that the implementation of Law 21 057, which regulates the videotaped interviews of children and adolescents who are victims of crimes, means a paradigm shift in the way which deals with the rights of children and adolescents, after participating this afternoon in the ceremony that launched the third and final phase of this initiative, which includes the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Judiciary, the Public Ministry, the Carabinieri and the Investigative Police .

“This is good news for the protection and respect of the rights of children and young people, as it avoids the re-victimization of those children and young people who have been victims of crimes, especially those of a sexual nature, as there is a system in which the statement to the victim is only done once, through a videotaped interview, and this is used throughout the trial, preventing them from having to testify again and again, as was the case in the past, causing him or her unnecessary harm. Pizarro said.

In his opinion, “it is also important in the paradigm shift that our country is experiencing and that must continue to change, which is that adult-oriented view where we do not prioritize the rights of children and adolescents. With the videotaped interviews of the trials, we focus on these violated rights and prevent their further violation.”

“We welcome this joint work, encouraged by the Ministry of Justice, the judiciary, the public ministry, the carabinieri and the investigative police, which will allow work that is much more respectful of the rights of children and adolescents, and we believe that this is a good starting point point for other actions that go hand in hand with the implementation of the Law on Guarantees and the overall protection of the rights of children and adolescents”, stressed the deputy.

Yolanda Pizarro recalled that the mentioned legislation “obliges the state as a whole, but also society, to consider children and adolescents as subjects of rights and as such we must all respect their rights, protect them, promote them and correct them in case of violation”.

“Finally, I want to note that we have good news for children and adolescents from the government. President Gabriel Borich announced, in his message to the country to report on the national budget, a 16% increase in resources, more than 117 billion pesos, for the implementation of the Guarantees Act and the strengthening of the Specialized Protection Office,” he concluded.

The ceremony was held on the esplanade of the Justice Center with the presence of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Marcela Rios; the Deputy Minister of Justice Jaime Gayardo; the President of the Supreme Court, Juan Eduardo Fuentes; the national prosecutor(s), Juan Agustin Melendez, and representatives of the Carabineros and the PDI.

It should be noted that Law 21 057, which regulates the videotaped interviews of children and adolescents who are victims of crimes, began its third and final stage today, which includes the regions of Valparaiso, O’Higgins, Los Lagos and Metropolitana. The system compiles protocols for criminal proceedings, both for children and adolescents, and for officials.

In this way, children and adolescents will interact with a properly trained and accredited staff member to act as an interviewer and/or mediator; they will testify in a special room where they can tell their story in safe conditions and protecting their privacy; and the carrying out of other proceedings involving their participation, among other features, is restricted.

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