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UNODC and ICMEC Joint Efforts to Increase Regional Capacities to Protect Children Online

San Salvador, March 29, 2017. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), opened the Advanced Regional Training for the Law Enforcement and Justice Sector "United for a Childhood Protected in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)". In the opening ceremony participated Ms. Maryse Guilbeault, Ambassador of Canada in El Salvador; Mr. Daniel Clegg, Law Enforcement Advisor, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United States Embassy in El Salvador; Ms. Doris Luz Rivas, Magistrate President of the Criminal Chamber, El Salvador Supreme Court of Justice; Mr. Aquiles Roberto Parada, Deputy Attorney General, El Salvador Attorney General's Office; Ms. Mónica Mendoza, Head Programme Office for El Salvador, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; and, Ms. Pilar Ramírez Argueta, Legal Advisor and Programmes Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, ICMEC.

This training is a continuation of the Basic Regional Training that took place in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on November 2016. For the current training, eight countries (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic) sent delegations comprised by one judge, one prosecutor and one law enforcement investigator. The presentations will be developed by international experts from ICMEC, Interpol, NCMEC, Pennsylvania State Police and Texas Police, who will develop presentations and practical exercises in the areas of legal framework for sanctioning child sexual abuse and exploitation enabled by ICT, victims profile, managing stress related with working in online child protection, victims' profile, victims' identification, P2P networks and tools for crime scene investigation.

The Regional Training is developed thanks to the financial resources provided by the Government of Canada under the project "Strengthening the Capacity to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime and Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) in Central America", as well as financial resources provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador, in the context of the project "Strengthening of the capacities of El Salvador National Police to effectively identify and investigate cybercrime cases", both projects implemented by UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime in Guatemala and El Salvador.