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Santiago, October 19, 2018


As part of the implementation of its Gender Equality Policy, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) included the module “Raising awareness for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in criminal court.” The material was presented by Andrés Rivera Duarte, an international consultant who specializes in human rights and gender identity, at the IV Training Program for Judges that was held this week in Santiago, Chile. [WATCH VIDEO]


The intensive five-day course is offered to judges who hear criminal cases in Latin America so that they can develop theoretical, analytical and practical skills in order to improve their performance in hearing management.

JSCA Training Director Leonel González said that the program was changed because “we believe that judicial training should be a space that allows justice system operators to recognize and respect gender identity, which is a topic that has tended to be left out of this type of training.”

“This is one important step of many that we have to take. Justice will be just only to the extent that we make effective rights related to gender and sexual diversity. The module that Andrés offered is one of our first efforts,” explained Lorena Espinosa, a researcher at JSCA and the coordinator of the policy.

Rivera Duarte began the class by clarifying terms related to gender and sexual orientation, providing an overview of LGBTQ rights, presenting protocols for judges who handle cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity, and presenting methods for judging that include a perspective of gender and sexual orientation. “Ruling with a gender perspective means respecting the human being, their essence and their dignity,” he explained.


IV Training Program for Judges

This program combines mock hearings, visits to justice institutions and hearing observation in criminal justice courts in Chile with theoretical classes on Latin American criminal procedure law and its reform from a comparative perspective. The material is focused on the experience of international faculty members and justice system operators who have participated in Latin American judicial reform processes over the past 20 years.

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