Vanessa Fusco

Status:  Instructor

Member since : March 2019

Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

Geographic coverage: International. Based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

My clients are: IREX, International Research & Exchange Board; IDLO – International Development Law Organization; UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes; ICMEC – International Centre for missing and Exploited Children.

What I do:

Provide training to law enforcement, prosecutors and judges on cybercrime and human trafficking issues.

Provide assistance for legislation improvement on both cybercrime and human trafficking subject.

Participate in the development and implementation of cybersecurity projects, particularly regarding civil society engagement;

Conduct research and write articles on cybersecurity status in Latin America and the Caribbean;

Support the development of prevention toolkits to raise awareness among internet end users in the region.

How it helps: The development of ICTs in this century brought benefits and challenges. The governments are now closer to society in general, and programs enabling digital inclusion have democratized information. This development however raised issues of information security, cybercrimes, privacy versus public interest. I offer support to law enforcement, judges and prosecutors in assessing their needs for countries and build in capacity. I also help legislators to improve national legislation accordingly. In addition, I provide instructions for actors of the justice system regarding investigation techniques, aiming to better address crimes against children through online technologies.

– My background: I am a Public Prosecutor from Brazil, with 29 years of experience in criminal investigations. From 2008 to 2014, I  set up and led the Cybercrime Prosecution Office in the State of Minas Gerais. In that Unit, I worked on several cases of human trafficking, frauds, identity thefts, money laundering and sexual exploitation of children through online technologies.

I hold a PhD in Law and I have been advocating both nationally and internationally about the needs for improvement of cybercrime policy in Brazil and South and Central America countries. In addition, I am an instructor for two itinerants’ schools: South School of Internet Governance and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.