Under the Inter-American Program for the Prevention and Eradication of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Smuggling and Illegal Traffic of Children and Adolescents, the IIN began in the 2010 a cycle of sub-regional meetings with the purpose of exchanging specific experiences being develop in the region in relation to the prevention, protection and restitution of rights against CSEC, reflect on these practices, and draw lessons to strengthen the capacity of the states and societies to guarantee the rights of persons affected by this problem and others related activities.

On 30 and 31 May 2012, was held, in Asunción-Paraguay, the Third Regional Meeting on “Prevention, Protection and Restitution of Rights in the face of CSEC: Experiences for the reflection”.

The event was organized by the National Secretariat for Children and Adolescents of Paraguay (SNNA, in Spanish) and the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN-OAS), with the support of ITAIPÚ BINACIONAL and the Cooperation of the Popular Republic of China.

Participants included delegations from eight states of South America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay- as well as representatives of international and academic organizations of the region, such as the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the Social Institute of the MERCOSUR.

A newfangled aspect of this Third Meeting was the participation of Paraguayan organizations of children and adolescents, coordinated by the Directorate of Protagonist Participation of the National Secretariat for Children and Adolescents.

The Newsletter Nº 2/12 of the IIN includes general information about the Meeting and the Final Document that emerged from it, organized in three sections: consensus about the problem, progress and recommendations.

Total shared experiences are being systematized in the publication “Good Practices IV”, which will be available in Publications.