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UNODC Continues Strengthening El Salvador Capabilities to Fight Crimes against Children Facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies

September 19, 2016. San Salvador. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is implementing, in collaboration with El Salvador School of Prosecutorial Training, the first training module "Cybercrime and Childhood and Adolescence".  The workshop will take place on 19-23 September, 2016, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The training module was inaugurated by Ms. Nayelly Loya, UNODC Deputy Country Manager for El Salvador and Ms. Roxana Rivera, School of Prosecutorial Training Deputy Director.

In this training module prosecutors of different cities of El Salvador of the Unit of Crimes Related to Childhood, Adolescence and Women in their Family Relation, Unit of Specialized Care for Women, Unit of Criminal Issues related to Youth, Specialized Unit of Smuggling of Persons and Human Trafficking and Unit of Reports Reception will be train on legal, investigative and technical aspects related to crimes against children facilitated by information and communication technologies.

The training module will be developed by UNODC Consultants Mr. Víctor Rodríguez and Ms. Blanca Díaz, who will explain topics such as applicable law in El Salvador on cybercrime matters, presenting digital evidence before court, witness preparation and interrogation and cybercrimes recognized overseas: grooming, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion and children sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by information and communication technologies.

Technical aspects of cybercrime will be explained by digital forensic examiners of the Attorney General of the Republic Office: Mr. René Marenco, Ms. Sayda Panameño and Ms. Carolina de Solano, who will explain topics such as processing cybercrime scene and cybercrime and the Child Protection System (CPS) -online platform to perform cyberpatrollling to detect download of children sexual abuse and exploitation material, developed by the FBI and donated to El Salvador National Civilian Police with the help of UNODC-.

The training module will conclude with a mock trial performed by the participants in order to ensure a better understanding of the training module content.

With this activity UNODC strengthens its compromise of improving the capacities of Salvadoran State institutions responsible of countering cybercrime, through increasing their investigative expertise.

The training module was developed thanks to the financial resources provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador under the project "Strengthening of the capacities of El Salvador National Police to effectively identify and investigate cybercrime cases", which is being implemented by UNODC.