Dominican Tourism Police will ID vendors, rescues street children

Dominican Tourism Police will ID vendors, rescues street children

SANTO DOMINGO.- Tourism Police (Politur) director Manuel Rodriguez said on Wednesday street vendors in the Conde Peatonal, Columbus park and the Colonial Zone will be given ID cards, after they pass doping tests.

He said patrols in the Colonial Zone will be increased with Politur and municipal agents.

Rodriguez said the vendors would be given an ID card to prevent thugs from infiltrating the business to commit crimes and would benefit from the program because it would prevent addicts or those with criminal records from jeopardizing the activity.

He said those who result positive in the dope tests will not be given an ID, and instead be taken to a detox center, so they can again work as vendors. "This program we are going to develop will be with the utmost possible respect and using a personal doctor, orientation and psychologists so they understand the importance of living a completely wholesome life."

Rodriguez said the organizations of vendors, retailers and hoteliers support Politur’s program.

Street children

The official also said the program to rescue minors who roam the streets, beaches and avenues advances, and the children are taken to shelters operated by the Office of the First Lady and other government agencies. He said the program will also include Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and other places tourists frequent by the thousands.

He said the increase in day and night patrols in the Colonial Zoneand other areas would afford more protection for tourists and businesses. "For those efforts we have the support of the Tourism Ministry, the National Police and the mayor Roberto Salcedo and the retailers and hoteliers themselves."

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Nina consortium helps street kids

Nina consortium helps street kids

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Santo Domingo.- The Nina consortium of five non-governmental organizations says that they have managed to get a total of 327 children and teenagers off the streets and back with their families.

The consortium said that a further 1,636 minors who live on the streets have received integrated care, including access to health and education programs.

The program is coordinated by Acción Callejera de Santiago, Caminante de Boca Chica, Niños del Camino, Quédate con Nosotros and Yo También. The last three are based in Santo Domingo.

Quédate con Nosotros and Yo También are groups run by the Salesians and the Pastoral Juvenil who work with children and teenagers who live on the street. They run an educational process aimed at reuniting the children with their families and getting them back into school and their communities.

The consortium is funded by USAID and received technical as well as financial support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

The NGOs have provided training for 710 families to help strengthen the bonds between the children and their families.

They also aim to work more closely with the relevant government institutions.

Start operations to gather the street children

Start operations to gather the street children

SANTO DOMINGO.- One hundred specialized agents were sent this morning to the streets in Santiago and this Capital, to gather those minors less than 14 years old who clean vehicle windshields, sniff glue and roam the streets.

The deployment of the first of more than 200 agents took place in a ceremony headed by Justice minister Francisco Domínguez, in the Justice Ministry’s esplanade.

Domínguez said that the operation will be permanent and will use six vehicles and the Specialized Judicial Police agents to gather the minors from the streets, and that the minors will be returned to their parents. He said that in case they do not have any they would be lodged in the National Childhood Council (Conani).

He said that at first the operation will be made in Santiago and the Capital, affirming that the minors will receive assistance and will be returned to their parents, under the warning that they must respond to their children’s needs or, on the contrary, they would be charged with violating Law 136-03.

The official said that the Justice Ministry will make concerted efforts in improving the situation of hundreds of children who live in the streets.

For her part, Assistant prosecutor Marisol Tobal, director of the Children, Adolescents and Family Department, delivered the vehicles to conduct the operation.

She stressed that the Justice Ministry will not tolerate that the minors are subjected to one of the most humiliating manifestations of violence. "If the authorities notice that the minors have returned to the streets, the parents will be object of sanctions," said the official.