For over 13 years, APLE Cambodia has been best known for its ground-breaking support to help national police track down international child sex offenders, especially following up suspects by surveillance and direct evidence collection.
Since 2016, we’ve taken a new strategic approach and we now focus on strengthening the capacities of local institutions relevant to the criminal justice system. APLE’s Criminal Justice Development Program encompasses all aspects of improving detection and prosecution of offenders in Cambodia, with an aspiration to achieve long-term sustainable change.
Through training, mentorship and casework collaboration, this program aims at increasing adherence to national and international standards of child sexual abuse investigation with a particular goal to improve the use of child-friendly procedures throughout the entire criminal justice process. APLE also facilitates and co-ordinates communication with international law-enforcement agencies who work with the Cambodian National Police to apprehend offenders.
We’re proud to say that in 2016 alone, the first year of our new strategic plan, we helped police to investigate 76 cases involving 54 local & 22 foreign abusers successfully, using the case agent collaborative approach. This collaboration resulted in 21 child victims rescued, and 17 arrests of offenders (8 foreigners, 9 locals). More importantly, we’ve observed better child-friendly practices and increased adherence to international standards in all those cases. Thanks to CJD program efforts.