Project INTERPOL Cybercrime Capacity Building Project in the Americas, Phase II

Date of update: 7 February 2020

INTERPOL Cybercrime Capacity Building Project in the Americas, Phase II

Building capacity to counter cybercrime in the Americas

Timeframe: April 2018 to March 2021

Donor: Global Affairs Canada

Project summary

Building on the findings of the first phase of the project, Phase II aims to enhance the cybercrime capacity of 35 beneficiary countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cyber Americas II combines assessment, mentoring and training activities with operations and public awareness efforts, addressing both the prevention and enforcement aspects of contemporary cybercrime in a comprehensive manner.

Project activities

  • Monitoring and assessment missions in selected countries with emerging capacity and/or recently established cybercrime units, to ascertain capability levels and ensure effective targeting of initiatives;
  • Regional mentoring programmes for nine beneficiary countries to provide tailored support and fill needs gaps;
  • Training courses on a range of areas, including INTERPOL policing capabilities, digital forensics, open-source intelligence (OSINT), cryptocurrency and dark web investigations, as well as on the human rights and gender dimensions of cybercrime;
  • E-evidence boot camp – an eight-week dynamic and interactive online course on the basics of digital forensics;
  • Cybercrime operations that also aim to enhance regional cooperation on cybercrime;
  • Public awareness campaign to improve digital hygiene.

Countries involved

Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay