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UNODC Provides Support to Guatemalan Government in Tackling Cybercrime

Guatemala, 31 August 2016. UNODC through the Global Programme in Cybercrime at Guatemala provides support to Guatemalan institutions of the justice sector to investigate, prosecute and sentence cybercrime cases. The current project is  "Strengthening the Capacity to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime and Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) in Central America" funded by Canada.

UNODC held the workshop "Digital evidence and online child sexual exploitation" in Guatemala City. It was delivered to official staff from National Civil Police, Public Ministry, National Forensic Institute and Judiciary.

It was delivered by Neil Walsh, the Chief of the Global Programme, and Alek Pacheco, Special Agent from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The objectives of the workshop were: Increased skills and knowledge of police, prosecutors and judges for the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime and ICAC cases and for handling/using electronic evidence in such cases at the national level, in Guatemala; and increased skills and knowledge of judicial authorities in handling electronic evidence while adjudicating cybercrime/ICAC cases at the national level, in Guatemala.  Using the #WePROTECT Global Alliance Model National Response, the attendees also analysed and assessed how to improve and develop Guatemala's response to ICAC.