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Regional Workshop "Cross-Border Request for Electronic Evidence" for Panama, Costa Rica and Peru

Panama, February 24, 2022. The development of digital technologies has brought us positive results in terms of economic growth, democratization of access to knowledge and expansion of international and intercultural dialogue, but, on the other hand, the misuse of digital technologies has produced different negative results, including the commission of criminal acts. 

Taking into account this contrast, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the CRIMJUST Program and the Global Cybercrime Program, offered the regional workshop "Cross-border Request for Electronic Evidence", from February 22 to 24.

Thirteen prosecutors and 19 investigators from Costa Rica, Panama and Peru participated in this training, conducted in coordination with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

The opening ceremony was attended by Javier Caraballo, Attorney General of Panama; Ambassador Chris Hoornaert, Head of Mission of the Delegation of the European Union in Panama; Irving Castillo, Deputy Director of the National Directorate of Judicial Investigation of the National Police; Melissa Flynn, Director of Programs and Operations of UNODC; Pilar Ramirez, Vice President of National Capacity Building of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC); as well as representatives of national authorities, justice operators, investigators and prosecutors from Panama, Costa Rica and Peru, who work in the fight against cybercrime, child exploitation and illicit drugs.

Because the use of digital technologies to commit crimes occurs very frequently in crimes such as child sexual exploitation and drug trafficking, this workshop discussed these crimes from a transnational perspective and emphasized the use of digital technologies for their commission.

In order to generate effective and due process actions by the justice sector, guaranteeing the rule of law and human rights, even in cyberspace, it is important that prosecutors and investigators know some concepts of computer science applied to the investigation of crime and understand how crime, especially organized crime, uses information and communication technologies.

This activity was made possible thanks to the support of the Government of the United States of America and the European Union.