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Training for Specialized Prosecutor's Offices and Investigation Units for Crimes of Violence against Women in Guatemala

Guatemala, January 12, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through its office in Guatemala, in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Delegation of the National Civil Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office held the workshop "Introduction to the process of investigating cybercrime and handling digital evidence".

This training was delivered from January 8 to 12, virtually, by the specialist Miguel Alas, regional expert in digital forensic analysis of the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, strengthening the capacities of more than 80 public officials of the security and justice institutions; assistants and prosecutors of the Public Prosecutor's Office and investigators from the Women's Prosecutor's Office of Guatemala City, Prosecutor's Office of Santa Catarina Pinula and Units of the Specialized Criminal Investigation Division of the PNC, Department of Crimes against Life, Trafficking in Persons and Violence against Women.

This activity is part of a series of trainings that aim to strengthen the capacities of public officials in security and justice institutions to prevent, investigate and respond to emerging conflict drivers and ongoing tactics of conflict-related violence against women and girls within computer crimes.

Public officials strengthened their knowledge in five areas: best practices for digital evidence collection; obtaining information from open OSINT sources; orientation to cybercrime investigation; cyber intelligence in social networks; process for verifying information obtained from open sources and digital evidence in criminal proceedings.

In addition, the Computer Crime Section of the PNC presented an inter-institutional coordination and articulation route that will strengthen the identification and criminal prosecution of cybercrime, transnational organized crime and related cases through digital evidence.

The training was carried out in the framework of the project "Creating new avenues of resilience to sustain peace from Kaqchiquel, Q'eqchi' and Mestiza women" implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Organization dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Center for Research, Training and Support for Women, financed by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

*NNP, Officer of the Crimes against Life Section said: "We thank UNODC for being an ally in the fight against crime, this training strengthens the human talent of each of the units that are participating and I urge colleagues to apply all these tools in a professional manner. From the Unit, we express our gratitude and hope that they continue to take us into account".

*DJ, Head of the Sexual Crimes Unit thanked the organizers of the event, especially the expert Miguel Alas, for such valuable information that strengthens the capabilities of the staff of this unit".


*For the safety of prosecutors, assistants and district investigators of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the National Civil Police of Guatemala City and surrounding municipalities, we use acronyms for their characterization in this note.