The EU, SG-SICA and FIIAPP officially open the Forensic Pathology Conference within the framework of the ICRIME project. More than 300 officials from the Institutes of Forensic Medicine of the SICA member countries attended the event
This training activity was aimed at forensic doctors from the member countries of SICA, the Central American Integration System, who were interested in learning more about performing autopsies and identifying their findings.
Through four presentations, topics related to medical and legal aspects of investigation of gender crimes, autopsies in cases of sexual assault, the study of sudden infant death and necropsy in therapeutic events were presented and analysed.
Hefer Morataya, Director of Democratic Security, SICA General Secretariat said that ICRIME is part of the Crime Fighting component of the Central America Security Strategy (ESCA). He added that the training activity is important for the region since “we know that the homicide rate is in excess of 20 per 100,000 inhabitants. This activity aims to socialise and update knowledge in these important matters in collaboration with regional and Spanish specialists.”
“We have supported the laboratories of forensic institutions of SICA member countries since Result One of the project, which emerged from ESCA”, said Mª Dolores Moreno, forensic doctor, FIIAPP specialist and main expert on the ICRIME project Result One.
For four weeks via the Moodle platform, Connect-FIIAPP, about 300 professionals from these countries are discussing forensic medical practice, sharing their experiences in the different work models and their institutions’ good practices.
In addition to the collaborative work carried out on the platform, four web sessions have been scheduled to analyse practical cases to give participants greater expertise in different diagnostic aspects of violent or suspected criminal death.
It is worth highlighting the participation of professionals from the Institutes of Legal Medicine of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.
The conference coordinator, Jorge González, director of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of La Rioja, is also the director of the annual Forensic Pathology Courses organised by the University of La Rioja and editor of its books of lectures, some of which have been made available to participants.
ICRIME, which seeks to achieve four results, is part of the Central American Security Strategy’s Crime Fighting Department, coordinated by the SICA General Secretariat and implemented through funds from the European Union, the Kingdom of Spain and the SG-SICA. These training activities are organised by FIIAPP.