Oficina de Defensoria de los Derechos de la Infancia (ODI)

Representing Child Victims of Online Sexual Exploitation in the Legal System

Since January of 2017, the Fund has helped Mexico’s Child Rights Protection Office (Oficina de Defensoria de Los Derechos de la Infancia, or ODI) strengthen the capacity of lawyers and caseworkers representing child victims of online sexual exploitation. The agency works with child protection services to ensure holistic protection and reinstitution plans for victims of online violence; it also monitors the number and progress of related criminal cases. ODI trains judges and judicial authorities on child rights and safety and implements specialised procedures to ease child testimony and minimise re-traumatisation. In addition, ODI has developed an online resource portal with training and orientation materials, helping judicial and social service staff access essential information from across the country.