The Southern Border Initiative (SBI) is a US Department of Justice Initiative, is designed to bring together state, federal, local, and tribal law enforcement and child protection professionals from both sides of the border in an effort to more effectively address the issues related the missing, endangered and abducted children, as well as trafficking youth for exploitation. Click here to view the SBI References and Resources Library.
Through the US Embassy in Mexico City, OPDAT provides access to government leaders and public safety professionals who attend training conducted by subject matter experts who are consultants to the AMBER Alert program. These efforts have lead to the adoption and implementation of a national protocol titled Alerta Amber Mexico.
Over 200 Mexican federal and state officials have participated in training and technical assistance programs facilitated by the U.S. Embassy and OPDAT. State and federal officials have requested a comprehensive training and technical assistance program to help support their efforts to successfully stand up a comprehensive program at the federal level. The training and technical assistance provided included “Train the Trainer” programs to develop a core group of national instructors, development of a distance learning tool for public education and assistance with bi-national meetings to continue the development of working relationships and understanding in the border region.