Since 2002, civil society organizations (CSOs) have formally participated in nearly 100 meetings of the political bodies of the OAS regarding topics that make up the hemispheric agenda, such as the fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance; access to justice; sustainable development and environmental protection; science, technology and communications; poverty alleviation; health; education and culture; strengthening democracy; promoting and protecting human rights; and multidimensional security.
In these meetings, CSOs have contributed valuable ideas and recommendations to the OAS Member States and the OAS General Secretariat during the deliberations of the OAS General Assembly, Ministerial meetings and meetings of political bodies of the Organization. These documents contain all the recommendations, organized chronologically and thematically, that have come out of these deliberations and in the hemispheric and regional forums.
The Department of Public Security was created on 2006 to promote and strengthen integral, long-term public security policies that fully respect human rights.
The Department develops activities to combat organized crime, the illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms, ammunition, explosives and related materials, trafficking in persons and criminal gangs. It also promotes activities to improve penitentiary systems, humanitarian demining, police training, legislative assistance and information systems on crime and violence.
DPS acts as Executive Secretariat of the Meetings of Ministers of Public Security (MISPA) of the Hemisphere, the first meeting of which took place in October 2008 in Mexico City. (more information...).