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UNODC delivered a trafficking in persons prevention workshop by El Salvador Human Rights Procurators

August 30, 2017. San Salvador, El Salvador. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in collaboration with El Salvador Ombudsman office delivered the workshop on Awareness Raising for procurators on smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons matters. The workshop was delivered at El Salvador Human Rights School. Twenty-one prosecutors of different Units: Family, Childhood and Adolescence' Defense Unit; Monitoring Department; Public Defender Unit; Worker Rights Defense Unit; Psychosocial Preventive Unit; and, Personal Rights Unit.

The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness and train prosecutors on smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons matters, with the objective of ensuring an effective preventing and fight against these crimes.

The workshop was developed by Ms. Erika de Rusconi, Legal Expert of UNODC. Ms. De Rusconi delivered a presentation on the International Legal Framework applicable to trafficking in persons, emphasizing on the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention on against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as the differences between trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

Additionally, Ms. de Rusconi delivered a presentation about El Salvador national legislation to sanction trafficking in persons and provided an explanation on the different modalities of human exploitation incorporated in El Salvador Special Law against Trafficking in Persons.

Furthermore, in this workshop both the threats posed by organized crime on smuggling of migrants and the legal framework applicable was presented and discussed with participants.

The workshop was delivered thanks to the financial resources generously provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador through the project "Preventing and Fighting against Smuggling of Migrants and  Trafficking in Persons in El Salvador", which is being implemented by UNODC.