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UNODC developed the train the trainers workshop on trafficking in persons prevention for the healthcare professionals 

August 24, 2017. San Salvador, El Salvador. UNODC, in coordination with El Salvador Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, organized a train the trainers' workshop on trafficking in persons. The opening ceremony was preceded H.E. Ms. Maryse Guilbeault, Ambassador of Canada in El Salvador; Ms. Lourdes Gutiérrez, Regional Coordinator of the Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking of Migrants Project; and Mr. Emperatriz Crespín, Chief of the Unit Comprehensive Care for Victims of Violence Unit, at the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. This workshop was delivered on August 24 to 25, 2017.

The objective of this workshop was to train health sector professionals' on the importance of preventing the crime of trafficking in persons and to promote skills for the identification of persons who are victims of such crime. Furthermore, in this workshop, participants obtained technical and didactic theoretical tools to replicate prevention workshops against trafficking in people in their workplaces. The workshop was delivered to seventeen physicians, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists from different regions of El Salvador.

In this workshop, Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez delivered a presentation on the international legal framework applicable to trafficking in persons, emphasizing on the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as the differences between trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Furthermore, Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez presented the Blue Heart Pact against Trafficking in Persons.

Additionally, Ms. Erika de Rusconi, UNODC Legal Expert, delivered a presentation about El Salvador national legislation to sanction trafficking in persons and provided an explanation on the different modalities of human exploitation incorporated in El Salvador Special Law against Trafficking in Persons. In addition, Ms. de Rusconi developed topics related to care for victims, as well as the verbal and non-verbal language of both victims and perpetrators.

On the other hand, Agent Raúl Fuentes, investigator at the Specialized Unit against Trafficking in Persons and Related Crimes of the National Civil Police, delivered a presentation of best practices when investigating and prosecuting trafficking in persons, and the role that different sectors of society play when countering trafficking in persons. During the workshop, Mr. Hugo Hernández, UNODC Consultant, developed a presentation on gender identity construction and violence. Additionally, Mr. Hernández provided recommendations on how to replicate this type of training, and facilitated a practical exercise about interviewing victims

At the end of the workshop, UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against trafficking in persons was explained, all the participants decided to sign the Eleven Precepts of the Blue Heart Pact which constituent the guiding principles for those joining the Campaign and represents a commitment to social responsibility against trafficking in persons.

The workshop was delivered thanks to the financial resources generously provided by 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.