Across countries, ATLAS prioritized working with justice-sector training academies to improve enforcement of laws through education of police, prosecutors, judges, and other enforcement actors. These academies have the capacity and mandate to train police and other officials year after year and are well positioned to appropriate and replicate training programs developed by ATLAS into the future.
In Paraguay, for example, Winrock sub-awardee Partners of the Americas (POA) worked closely with the Paraguayan National Police’s Higher Police Education Institute (ISEPOL). Prior to ATLAS, ISEPOL training materials and courses generally did not cover child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. According to Diana Ramirez, an ISEPOL instructor since 2010, these were considered “sensitive topics.”