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Training on Investigation Techniques Against Human Trafficking

Guatemala City, August 2, 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through its office in Guatemala and El Salvador, within the Project "Increasing access to Justice for Women, Children and Indigenous Communities" and "Prevention and Fight Against the Smuggling of Migrants and Human Trafficking from El Salvador" carried out a second training tackling  "Investigation Techniques against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants".

This workshop was delivered by Erika María Aguirre, a legal expert on human trafficking of UNODC El Salvador and was addressed to twenty (20) National Civil Police officers belonging to the Specialized Division of Criminal Investigation (DEIC) and ten (10) members of the Attorney General's Office of the Human Trafficking Division.  

During the course of this workshop, legal notions were delivered under the UNODC report on migrants; likewise a protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air as well as the new modality of the migratory phenomenon denominated the migratory caravans in the region of Central America was analyzed too. Once the attendees understood the theoretical notions of human trafficking, they had the opportunity to develop and implement such knowledge in practical cases.

During this training, real cases were developed where the Attorney General officials and the members of the DEIC had to work together and thus be able to create efficient action routes to guarantee appropriate executions and resolutions of human trafficking cases. During these activities, it has been possible to acknowledge the importance of case analysis through a unified manner between both institutions.

With this workshop on investigative techniques against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, it is expected to establish an improved joint action route in such cases between the Attorney General Office and the National Civil Police in order to guarantee better coordination and execution tackling such issue.

This second training course against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants was developed through the support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).