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Training of trainers in cases of disappearance of persons in El Salvador

San Salvador, April 1, 2022. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded the training of trainers course aimed at 30 participants from the social outreach offices of 14 universities in El Salvador. This course was carried out within the framework of the university alliance aimed at guiding students and teachers on the search tools and the procedure to request the activation of the Urgent Action Protocol (PAU) to report disappearances to the authorities.
As part of this initiative, the 14 universities share the key messages of the “Stop disappearances” campaign on their respective social networks and university media, with the aim of providing students with informative tools related to this problem.
“This campaign and the training received seek for the social outreach offices to assume an active role and provide information on the search processes and prevention measures against the problem. It also intends that teachers provide guidance, and that university students take ownership of this information”, highlighted the Canadian ambassador, Karolina Guay, at the conclusion of the trainers' course.
The role of universities regarding disappearances of persons
Among the beneficiaries of the course are authorities from the offices of social outreach of the partner universities, among them, directors, coordinators and teaching and technical staff, who expressed the importance of becoming counselors and trainers on the tools for the search of disappeared persons.
The training of university personnel had the collaboration of educators Guillermo Rubio and Erick Romero, from the Human Rights Ombudsman's Office. Ms. Marisol Ariza, an international human rights expert, and Mr. Jorge Londoño, an international expert in the investigation of cases of disappeared persons, also participated as trainers.
At the end of the course, Vida Gómez Asturias, Project Coordinator of UNODC in El Salvador, reiterated that, by becoming training agents, universities have an essential role in the construction of knowledge to provide this information and tools to youth.
"The objective is that universities know the steps to follow in the event of the disappearance of a person and to establish an alliance to inform students about the problem with a gender and human rights approach," she concluded.
The activity was carried out within the framework of the project "Strengthening the implementation of management tools for cases of disappearances and torture related to organized crime that affect women, men and youth in El Salvador", implemented by UNODC with the financial support of the Government from Canada.