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Graduation of the advanced course against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

Guatemala City, 17 December 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Guatemala, in the framework of the project "Prevention and Fight against Illicit Trafficking of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons", held the graduation of the advanced course against trafficking in persons and illicit trafficking in migrants, which took place from 11 November to 6 December 2019.

With a view to strengthening the criminal investigation capacity of the National Civil Police, this course was given to fifteen investigators of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section and fifteen investigators of the Anti-Illegal Trafficking in Migrants Section of the National Civil Police.

Over the course of four weeks, this training received valuable support from experts in the area of trafficking in persons and illicit trafficking in migrants from UNODC Guatemala and El Salvador, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), prosecutors from the Public Prosecutor's Office, officials from the Migration Institute and the Office of the Human Rights Procurator, among other institutions.

The course consisted of six learning modules: International Legislation; National Legal Updating; Investigative Techniques against Trafficking in Persons; Investigative Techniques against Smuggling of Migrants; Preparation and Writing of Criminal Reports; and Police Information and Intelligence System.

The project has contributed to strengthening the capacities of researchers, their knowledge, methodologies and strategies.

As one of the participants in the course commented, "UNODC's accompaniment of our investigative progress in the police force is highly beneficial". In addition, UNODC and the National Civil Police "try to work on the main objective which is to maximize our work functions and to expand and improve our investigative methods".