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Money Laundering Workshop in El Salvador

San Salvador, April 1, 2022. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through the project "Strengthening peace and human rights: through transitional justice, combating corruption and promoting transparency", offered a workshop on money laundering (intermediate level), aimed at 44 officials of the Ministry of Finance, the Superintendence of the Financial System, the Directorate General of Customs and the National Civil Police.

This training - held on March 30 and 31 and April 1 - was aimed at strengthening the knowledge of officials in the structuring of the financial information of the investigation, accounting and expert opinion to ensure the conceptual and analytical skills on the issue of financial investigation of administrative corruption crimes, ensuring that what was learned translates into the efficiency of institutions and the reduction of impunity in the country.

The criminalization of money laundering is part of a political-criminal strategy in the fight against this crime that obtains important economic gains and that can be framed in three lines of action: (a) punishment; (b) updating and strengthening of figures such as confiscation or forfeiture of ownership, as a way to neutralize illicit assets; and (c) punishment of illicit enrichment of public servants or those private individuals who in collusion with them, undermine criminal assets. 

In the framework of the fight against the crime of money laundering, the institutions in charge of the prevention, control and repression of the crime are articulating efforts and promoting spaces and actions with the different sectors to optimize the technical, logistic and academic resources to prevent and fight corruption; this constitutes a good practice that is reflected in the effectiveness of the investigations through the coordination of institutions.