Education + Justice Program: For The First Time They Gave A Talk At Night School

Education + Justice Program For The First Time They Gave A Talk At Night School

Education + Justice Program For The First Time They Gave A Talk At Night School

For the first time, the program of the Superior Court of Justice, “Education + Justice” reached a night school. It was on Thursday night at Instituto 1° de Mayo, located in the Centro de Trabajadores de Comercio neighborhood, in Santa Rosa.

There, 34 students sat around 8:30 p.m. to listen to the control judge, María Florencia Maza, and the official criminal defender, María Silvina Blanco Gómez, and they did not move until 10:15 p.m. They not only listened carefully, but also questioned, challenged and questioned behavior.

The non-imputability of minors under 16 years of age and gender violence were two topics of the highest interest for a heterogeneous age group. That is why the officials clearly explained that the age of non-imputability is set by the National Congress –and only it can modify it– and that Justice does not carry out preventive tasks since it acts after the events occur (only from that moment , for example, you can order approach restrictions, preventive detentions, the placement of electronic anklets, etc.).

«What, a 14-year-old boy is not going to know what he is doing?», «Then he can kill and nothing happens», «I know the case of someone who took off his anklet and left the house», « Could it be that someone has five complaints and does not go to jail”, were some of the questions.

 

EXTENSIVE AGENDA

Blanco Gómez and Maza covered an extensive agenda, which began with a general explanation of the functioning and organization of the Judiciary and continued with the role of public defense; the parties that intervene in the processes (judge, defense, prosecution, complaint); that judicial intervention begins with a complaint; the current progress of cybercrimes; the obligation of magistrates and judicial officials to comply with the laws dictated by legislators beyond personal opinions; etc.

Both explained that just over 60 percent of the sentences handed down in the criminal sphere correspond to sexual abuse and gender violence. When referring to this last problem, and when mentioning stereotyped behaviors and the patriarchal culture, they –who, due to their functions, intervened in the case– gave a simple and relatively close example in time (2018) of these behaviors. They recalled that a man was convicted of beating and threatening his partner because the food was too salty.

 

GROOMING AND SEXTORTION

In this context, it was reported that within Justice there is an Office for Women and Domestic Violence, where one can resort to be assisted, advised and accompanied before the decision to file a complaint.

Blanco Gómez, in turn, highlighted the obligation of the public defense to represent any person who requires it –beyond their economic condition and the possible crime they have committed– and of not being able to excuse themselves for conscientious objection.

In the final section of the talk, and when talking about cybercrimes, the students who attend professional training at the Institute were very interested (in some cases by their own children) in issues related to grooming, sextortion and child abuse committed through international networks.

These crimes are associated with the intention of adults who, in a veiled manner and with false identities, try to obtain sexual photos or videos of minors or to ask for money in exchange for not spreading intimate images on social networks.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

“Education + Justice” is a proposal from the STJ whose priority objective is to promote a real rapprochement of the Pampas society to Justice and, fundamentally, of secondary school students who are about to reach the age of majority.

Through it, different educational offers are offered (attendance at trials, mock trials, talks in schools, guided tours and observation of a real debate compiled). The program has the backing of the Ministry of Education and was declared of legislative interest by the Chamber of Deputies.

Schools interested in participating can contact the Office of Institutional Communication in Santa Rosa (phone numbers 02954-451810 and 02954-323088, email Prensa– STJ@lapampa.gob.ar ) or in General Pico (02302-325868, email mcerutti @juslapampa.gob.ar ).

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