USAID partners with Sri Lanka
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in
partnership with the Health Ministry and Justice Ministry, launched its
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) programme with a roundtable
discussion in Colombo on March 12.
The SAFE programme aims to increase prosecution of sexual crimes
through improved response to victims, better evidence collection and
stronger coordination with local authorities.
It will help decrease incidence of sexual assault and abuse through
successful prosecution of offenders. Through USAID, the development arm
of the US embassy in Colombo, the SAFE programme provides evidence
collection kits and specialised professional training on collecting
forensic evidence from sexual assault victims.
It also supports university forensic departments and provides grants
to partner organisations and communities with a focus on the North and
More than 50 experts from across Sri Lanka, specialising in
forensics, law, medicine, curriculum development and advocacy, attended