11-13 April 2017 - The 'Cryptocurrency Investigations Train-the-Trainer course' was supported by CRIMJUST and organized jointly by the UNODC's Global Programme Against Money Laundering and the Global Programme on Cybercrime. The training took place at UNODC's HQ in Vienna, Austria.
The 'Cryptocurrency Investigations Train-the-Trainer course' aimed to increase the capacity of law enforcement officers, analysts, prosecutors and judges in order to understand the complexity of this new concept. Core aspects of the courses resided in analyzing transactions, inferring and identifying criminality and geo-locating criminals exploiting cryptocurrency. But also in understanding the global landscape of cryptocurrency services and how this can be influenced by regulations imposed in some jurisdictions. Participants were also brought to acknowledge how cryptocurrency-related compliance and due diligence can be conducted around the world to help mitigate money laundering, terrorist financing and broader organized crime.
Participants from Argentina, Panama and Colombia attended the training delivered by experts. The interactive training included a set of sessions supported by several practical exercises using real, sanitized, investigative data using specialized software. The training concept used is expected to enable more efficient investigations against illicit of cryptocurrency for organize crime activities and allow further enforcement actions, seizure, confiscation including inter-agency coordination and information exchange.
Each candidate obtained the UNODC GPML Trainer on Cryptocurrency Certification and Digital Currency Investigator Certification. Upon completion of the training, participants increased their own skill sets and are expected to be able to train relevant officers in their national agencies.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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