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Attorneys and Solicitors General, investigators, prosecutors and legislative drafters from the OAS Caribbean Member States, gathered in Miami, Florida, from August 22 to 24, 2012, for a training workshop on Cybercrime and Cyber-Security for the Caribbean.

This event was organized jointly by the United States Department of Justice and the OAS General Secretariat, through the Department of Legal Cooperation (Technical Secretariat of the Working Group on Cybercrime of the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas REMJA) and the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism CICTE, and was held pursuant to recommendations issued by the REMJA and its Working Group on Cybercrime.

The legislative component of the workshop was specifically tailored to prosecutors, investigators and those with responsibilities in the area of legislative drafting and international cooperation on cybercrime.  As such, training was provided on international cybercrime standards and initiatives, the development of substantive and procedural national cybercrime legislation, the basics for cybercrime investigations, and international cooperation in combating cybercrime.

In addition to government participants, training and presentations were also provided by representatives of other international organizations, such as the Council of Europe (COE) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU); as well as private sector representatives, including Microsoft and Symantec, among others.

This Miami event is the 20th such regional event that has been carried out in recent years as part of a larger cooperative program sponsored by the U.S. Government, through its Department of Justice and the OAS General Secretariat, to strengthen the capacity of states to develop legislation and procedural measures related to cybercrime and electronic evidence.  In addition, it is another in a series of joint regional events carried out in coordination between the REMJA and CICTE Secretariats, in furtherance of the OAS Comprehensive Inter-American Strategy to Combat Threats to Cyber-Security.

For more information on these workshops and actions of the REMJA and its Working Group to support the fight against cybercrime visit the Inter-American Cooperation Portal on Cyber-Crime.


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