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El Salvador Increases its Capabilities to Prosecute Technology-Facilited Crime Against Children

San Salvador, April 3, 2017. Thanks to UNODC support to El Salvador law enforcement institutions responsible to counter technology-facilitated crimes against children, El Salvador Prosecutors Academy inaugurated the training workshop "Cybercrime and Childhood and Adolescence". The objective of this training workshop is to prepare prosecutors on effectively apply El Salvador Specialized Law Against Cybercrime and Related Offenses, as well as other applicable laws, on cybercrime cases with children as victims, especially cases of sexual abuse and exploitation enabled by information and communication technologies.
The training workshop will be developed in a 5-days period, at the Prosecutors Academy facilities, and will be delivered by a team of trainers lead by Mr. Victor Rodríguez, international trainer on cybercrime prosecution, who will be supported by digital forensic analysts of El Salvador Attorney's General Office and the National Civil Police, as well as prosecutors specialized on exploitation matters.
Twenty-five prosecutors, called from Attorney-Offices from different regions of El Salvador will attend the training workshop; these prosecutors are members of the Units of Unit of Crimes Related to Childhood, Adolescence and Women in their Family Relation, Specialized Unit against Human Trafficking and Related Crimes, Claims Receiving Unit and Criminal Youth Unit, and will receive lessons based on criminal prosecution theory and practice. A mock trial will be held at the training's conclusion.
The training workshop was opened by Ms. Nayelly Loya, Deputy Head of UNODC Programme Office for El Salvador, who stressed the importance of children online protection through increasing El Salvador law enforcement agencies' capacities to effectively investigate, prosecute and sanction this type of crime. The opening ceremony was also attended by Ms. Roxana Rivera, Prosecutors' Academy Deputy Director.
This training workshop is possible thanks to the generous financial support provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of Embassy of the United States in El Salvador, to the project "Stregthening of the Capacities of El Salvador National Civil Police in the Effective Identification and Investigation of Cybercrime Cases", implemented in the framework of UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime.