The Pandemic lockdowns have worsened the situation of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC), making the perfect conditions for an increased number of cases, as quarantined child sex offenders spend more time online and vulnerable children are also confined at home, often with their traffickers.
The College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) of Holy Angel University is pleased to partner with the International Justice Mission (IJM) Philippines, an international, non-governmental organization focused on human rights, law, and law enforcement based in Washington, D.C., to present “Strengthening the commitment to fight Online Sexual Exploitation of Children” lecture series on April 10, 17 and 24, 2021.
CCJEF and IJM will present the Phase 1 of the partnership through this three-part lecture series that will provide a platform for dialogue and learning on the issue of OSEC.
The first part of the lecture series was successfully presented last April 10 via Zoom and Facebook live, and was attended by audience from various sectors like students from different Criminology and Forensic Science program, government agencies, and private institutions.
CCJEF Dean, Dr. Niño M. Kabiling, delivered his warm welcome to everyone gathered for the event and left a challenging statement, “Let us work together with this advocacy to fight and end OSEC, it is not solely the fight of the International Justice Mission nor the Holy Angel University but rather it is the fight of each one of us to protect and advance the rights and interest of each child.”
The said lecture series proceeded with the inspirational remarks from the University President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo. In his inspirational remarks, he shared “ When the pandemic started last year, cases of online sexual exploitation of children increases which means this pandemic is no longer only a public health crisis but also a child human rights crisis that must be addressed with urgency.”
Also, the field Director of IJM Manila – Philippines, Atty Reynaldo Bicol Jr likewise shared an inspirational remarks, “ This is our end goal to eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines through an effective Criminal Justice System before that to happen we need the pillars of public justice system to continue their work of rescuing, restoring and protecting the survivors of this crime thru perpetrator accountability.”
The first day of the lecture Series featured two distinguished resource persons from IJM, they were: Atty. Jewel Dela Cruz, a lead Lawyer of IJM Prosecution development who shared her knowledge and expertise in relation to the topic “Understanding OSEC and Situationer of OSEC in the Philippines”. She imparted the basics of OSEC particularly the difference of OSEC versus the traditional trafficking and the landscape of OSEC globally and in the Philippines; and Atty. Alexandrino H. Mallillin, Senior Manager, Investigation and Law Enforcement Development, IJM Manila – Philippines, who discussed the Philippine Model of Combatting the Livestreaming of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, which primarily focused on the three process to consider and it was summarized into 3R: first is Referral – to receive referrals of OSEC related activities, second is Rescue – to conduct simultaneous rescue operations and lastly, Restoration – to restore survivors.
The event was formally ended by Mr. Anthony John Jimenez, the Program Coordinator of CCJEF. He emphasizes the importance of the partnership of CCJEF and IJM to end OSEC.
IJM partners with local authorities in 21 program offices in 14 countries to combat trafficking and slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power.