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UNODC developed and conducted "Training of Trainers course on Investigation, Judgment and Management of Cases of Disappeared Persons" and courses on "Search of Disappeared Persons and Organized Crime".

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime under the framework of the Project "Institutional Strengthening in Cases of Disappearances Related to Organized Crime to Reduce Impunity in El Salvador," concluded the "Training of Trainers course on Investigation, Judgment and Management of Cases of Disappeared Persons" and the courses on "Search of Disappeared Persons and Organized Crime".

The closing ceremony was held on December 12, 2018 with the participation of Mr. Higinio Osmín Marroquín, Fiscal Auditor of the Attorney General's Office of the Republic of El Salvador, Ms. Valerie Bouchard, in representation of the Embassy of Canada in El Salvador, Mr. Helmuth Niklas Angarita Bustos, Program Officer in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of UNODC, and Ms. Marisol Ariza Piñeros, International Consultant.

The Training of Trainers course was developed in the Prosecutors Training School of El Salvador, from August 27 to December 12, 2018, and had the purpose of providing specialized training, in order to strengthen the institutional coordination needed to investigate the cases of disappeared persons related to organized crime.

This academic activity generated the establishment of a permanent network of trainers, which will share the knowledge and the expertise provided regarding the problem. The network involves institutions from the justice sector and their training centers, represented by the Prosecutors Training School, the National Council of the Judiciary, the National Academy of Public Security, and the Human Rights School from the Attorneys Office for the Defence of Human Rights.

Based on the knowledge acquired, at a theoretical and practical level, the beneficiary officials will be able to formulate urgent action strategies for the search of disappeared persons, apply the international normative and scientific standards related to the problem and develop further training activities in this area.

Additionally, UNODC conducted 4 courses on "Search of Disappeared Persons and Organized Crime" in order to provide training on the implementation of the Protocol of Urgent Action and Search Strategy for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador. The participants also had the opportunity to acquire knowledge on related issues such as recovery and identification of persons and psychosocial attention to victims and their families.

These training activities, financed and implemented with the support of the Government of Canada, benefited approximately 130 officials from the National Civil Police, the Attorney General's Office, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Institute of Legal Medicine and the Attorney's Office for the Defence of Human Rights; and will contribute to the search of disappeared persons in El Salvador and strengthen national capacities in the fight against organized crime.