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UNODC and El Salvador Supreme Court of Justice organized Forum "Progress and Challenges on the Justice Administration in the fight against Trafficking in Persons" 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in coordination with El Salvador Supreme Court of Justice, organized the Forum "Progresses and Challenges in the Justice Administration in the fight against Trafficking in Persons". The opening ceremony was chaired by Ms. Nayelly Loya, Deputy Country Manager of UNODC Programme Office for El Salvador and Mr. Oscar Humberto Luna, Legal Affairs General Manager of the CSJ.

The objective of the forum was to raise awareness among different sectors of civil society and representatives of different governmental and non-governmental institutions on trafficking in person's prevention. Furthermore, in order to strengthen the persecution of transnational organized criminal  networks, and to promote the protection and care of the victims of trafficking in persons through the dissemination of the different national and international normative instruments that protect victims of this type of crime, as well as the general population.

In the Forum participated officers of the jusdiciary, attorneys, university students, military personnel and civil society. In this forum, Ms. Erika de Rusconi, Legal Expert of UNODC Project Preventing and Fighting against Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons implemented in El Salvador, delivered a talk on the international and national legislation that criminalize trafficking in persons. Additionally, Ms. de Rusconi explained the different forms of human exploitation recognized in El Salvador Special Law against Trafficking in Persons.

Furthermore, Agent Raúl Fuentes, investigator of the Specialized Unit against Trafficking in Persons and Related Crimes of El Salvador National Civil Police, delivered a presentation on the best practices applied by the PNC in the development of a human trafficking investigation. Agent Fuentes emphasized the importance of a good working relation between the Attorney's General Office and the National Civil Police. 

The closing ceremony of the forum was chaired by Mr. Luis Enrique López Jerez, Chief of the Department of Integral Care to Victims of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The workshop was delivered thanks to the financial resources generously provided the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador through the project "Preventing and Fighting against Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons in El Salvador", which is being implemented by UNODC.