ICBF closes Community Home in Santander due to complaint about alleged sexual violence

Through an official statement, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) announced that this March 15 the temporary and immediate suspension of service was ordered in a Community Home in Piedecuesta, Santander, due to the complaint of alleged sexual violence of which they would have Four girls and boy users have been victims.

“From the ICBF we will provide support to all the beneficiaries of the community home. In addition, we will provide the required information to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, where the criminal complaint has already been filed by the administrative authority that is handling the process for territorial jurisdiction,” said the regional director of the ICBF in Santander, Martha Torres.

Four girls and boy users would have been victims of sexual violence in a Community Home in Piedecuesta, Santander.
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Once the facts were known, he went to the service unit to articulate with the Family Police Station the activation of the route with the health sector. Also it was reported that the other boys and girls cared for in the service unit will be relocated to other nearby ones and they will receive psychosocial support, together with their families, by an ICBF Family Ombudsman team.

“It is unfortunate and reprehensible that, within the service units of the Institute, situations like this arise in which the rights of boys and girls are compromised. We cannot allow them to be with people and in environments that put their identity and security at risk. We expect all the speed from the authorities in this case”emphasized the regional director.

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This March 14, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) announced to the public the work that has been carried out in Guaviare. It should be remembered that in January, the situation of indigenous minors from Guaviare made headlines.

In this sense, the Institute directed by Astrid Cáceres, began by recalling that in January a first approach was made with delegates and representatives of civil society and authorities of the Jiw and Nukak peoples.

“Conversations were held regarding challenges and opportunities that must be taken into account for the design of the flexible service for the care of indigenous children and adolescents,” explained the Institute.

Also, the deputy director of restoration of rights of the ICBF, Adriana Tierradentro, assured that “these meetings are necessary to build with the communities and strengthen families as the first protective environment for minors.”

    Turned into drug addicts, Nukak children, a little over 10 years old, come to the city to trade their bodies in exchange for glue.
The Nukak live in hell and the reality of child sexual exploitation is overwhelming. Turned into drug addicts, Nukak children, a little over 10 years old, come to the city to trade their bodies in exchange for glue. – Photo: cease arrows – week

In these spaces, the need to take into account in the design of the new flexible service, fundamental elements such as: respect for one’s own organization and full communication; the strengthening of gathering and hunting days, focused on agricultural practices; the intergenerational transmission of knowledge through culture (language, own medicine, traditional games, recreation); the territory, health and conflict resolution; and an offer that is not based on sporadic income, but on continuity of led actions, that is focused from the community and not from the individual.

Director (e) of the ICBF, Astrid Cáceres.
The director of the ICBF, Astrid Cáceres, assured that it is a priority to serve the beneficiary population of Guaviare. – Photo: Colombian Institute of Family Welfare
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In addition, the ICBF explained that the sessions were held in three focus groups, one with six members of the La María and Barrancón reservations of the Jiw people and two with 23 members of the Nukak people, from the Aguabonita settlements (three sectors, including a group recently displaced from El Retorno) Tierra Alta and Villa Leonor (presence of members of the local groups Guayarimuno, Meomuno, Takeyumuno).

They concluded that they continue to work in the company of the leaders of the indigenous communities and in coordination with the different government entities that allow the comprehensive protection of children and adolescents in Guaviare.

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