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Specialized Training Course for the development of Capacities in Investigation of Missing and Exploited Children

Guatemala City. April, 1 st, 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through its Office in Guatemala, in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), held the Specialized Training Course for the Development of Capacities in Investigation of Missing and Exploited Children.

The objective of the specialized training course was to provide the best practices to analyze the victim-criminological profiles, the research techniques and inter-institutional coordination mechanisms for missing children investigation and rescue.

UNODC in collaboration with Pilar Ramírez, ICMEC's ​​Regional Head for the Americas (International Center for Missing & Exploited Children), developed the program with a total of 16 training hours, where the importance of national and international legal frameworks were highlighted, for the prosecution and sanction of all forms of violence against children and youth.

The training was attended by thirty-five (35) officers of the Crimes against children and adolescents Unit of the Special Criminal Investigation Division (DEIC) of the National Civil Police and five (5) prosecutors of the Crime against the Children Unit of the Public Prosecutor's Office (MP), to reinforce a comprehensive response system through the existing mechanisms and platforms.

The specialized training course was generously funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) under the Project "Increasing Access for Women, Children and Indigenous People to Justice."