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University alliance participants share their experience in the course for trainers on tools in cases of disappeared persons in El Salvador

April 4, 2022. UNODC held a course of training of trainers to prevent and report cases of disappearances, 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 with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
During the sessions of the course, held on March 11, 25 and April 1, the issues addressed included the international standards on the search for disappeared persons, the rights of victims, human rights education and social outreach strategies. Likewise, participants strengthened their knowledge on the Urgent Action Protocol (PAU) and the Search Strategy for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador.

“We have tools to guide our students and we can also generate initiatives within the University to disseminate the PAU," said Julia Marta Marroquín, director of Social Projection, Francisco Gavidia University, UFG.
"The training on the use of the PAU contributes to the knowledge of the university community for the immediate search of a disappeared person," said Sonia Elizabeth Damas, director of Social Projection, Pan American University of El Salvador, UPAN.
Mary Cruz Jurado, coordinator of the Social Outreach Secretariat, of the University of El Salvador (UES) reiterated that: “Social outreach, that walks hand in hand with the community, generates spaces for education and respect for human rights . The PAU is an emerging tool to be integrated into social outreach and community development activities.”
For William Geliz, director of Social Outreach, of the Technological University of El Salvador, UTEC, "It´s important that universities know the criteria to activate the PAU and raise awareness in the community, to participate in the immediate search of persons."


For both Yanira de Monzón and Ana Morena Bernal, coordinators of Social Outreach at the Andrés Bello University, UNAB, after receiving these courses with UNODC, the social outreach of the UNAB is heading towards promptly action on forced disappearances.
“From the social outreach we must generate a democratic and peace culture, reinforcing human rights, requesting the activation of the PAU”, concluded Natalia Rivera, project coordinator, José Matías Delgado University, UJMD.
Meanwhile, for Alex Serano, head of the Social Outreach Unit, Universidad Salvadoreña Alberto Masferrer, USAM, "the premise of the search must be: if the person is missing, must be found with the activation of the PAU."
The course is part of the “UNODC-University Alliance to inform youth and prevent disappearances” integrated by the following institutions: Francisco Gavidia University (UFG), University of El Salvador (UES), Evangelica University (UEES), José Simeón Cañas University (UCA), Dr. José Matías Delgado University (UDJMD), Technological University (UTEC), Oriente University (UNIVO), Gerardo Barrios University (UGB), Catholic University of El Salvador (UNICAES), University of Sonsonate (USO), Modular Abierta University (UMA), Pedagogical University, Dr. Andrés Bello University and the Salvadoran Alberto Masferrer University (USAM).