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The United States Embassy inaugurated the First International Security Congress called "Sembremos Seguridad"
or Let's Sow Security in the English language, at the Costa Rica Convention Center.
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Published Thursday, June 10, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The United States Embassy inaugurated the First International Security Congress called "Sembremos Seguridad" or Let's Sow Security in the English language, at the Costa Rica Convention Center, located in Heredia Province. The event is in-person.

The Sembremos Seguridad program was an initiative in 2017 by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, INL, which has the goal of improving security in some areas of the country with higher crime rates.

"This is a comprehensive prevention strategy for public safety, created by executive decree in June 2018," the embassy said in its statement. "The goal is to prioritize the types of crime and social risks, identify criminal organizations and articulate institutional and inter-institutional capacities, to use public policy inputs and joint strategies aimed at achieving impact in the short, medium and long term."

According to the embassy, ​​the municipalities play a leading role in developing strategies and initiatives to protect people, freedoms, integrity, and citizenship assets.

Local governments, together with the Ministry of Public Security and other institutions, with the support of the United States Embassy, ​​have applied the tools of "Sembremos Seguridad." This collaboration has allowed for decision-making at the level of municipal and operational management of the police forces, the embassy said.

This first First International Security Congress is addressing issues such as the roots of insecurity, irregular migration and initiatives that allow financial support to the effort of municipal actions, among others.

In addition to representatives of municipalities and authorities of Costa Rica, the following international panelists will participate in the congress this week:

» Heide Bronke Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Government.

» Carla Ortega, Specialist of the Citizen Security Program for the Office for Counter-Narcotics, Citizen Security and Justice of the United States Embassy.

» Albert Kraaimoore, Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

» Debbie Seguin, Deputy Commissioner of the International Customs and Border Protection Affairs of the United States (virtual participation).

» Juan Domenech-Clar, Director of the International Cooperation Division of the INL Office at the United States Embassy in Colombia (virtual participation).

» Linda Miranda Sánchez, INL Project Manager in El Salvador (virtual participation).

» Marco Jiménez Advisor to Customs and Border Protection of the United States (CBP).

» Roberto Iturralde captain of the Panama National Police.

» Jacob Doty, Deputy Director of the INL Office for Anti-Narcotics, Citizen Security and Justice.

» Gabriela Sánchez Pérez, Community Preventive Centers Advisor for the Office for Anti-Narcotics, Citizen Security and Justice of the United States Embassy.

» Gloria Berbena, Business Manager a.i. from the United States Embassy.

During the congress, there was a formal request to form the working table for creating the bill "Strengthening Cantonal Public Security" to the President of the Municipal Affairs Commission of the Costa Rican Congress.

In Costa Rica, the program " Sembremos Seguridad" was declared as Public Interest in August 2019.

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How could other embassies help reduce crime in Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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