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UNODC Supports Central American Member States in the Strengthening of their Border Areas

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), conducted a Bilateral Workshop (Honduras-Guatemala) for the Training of Trainers on Trafficking of Persons in Border Areas from 20-22 July 2016, in Copan, Honduras.

This activity, carried out in the context of the Canada-funded project "Support to A.B. 1 Regional Coordination and Capacity Building for Border Security in Central America", aimed at providing officials dealing with human trafficking in border areas of Honduras and Guatemala with effective tools to effectively investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases.

The workshop, which was delivered by instructors trained during the first phase of the project, as well as by international and UNODC experts, gathered a total of 20 officials from the following institutions of both countries: Immigration, Customs, Armed Forces, Prosecutors, Police and a representative from the Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Trafficking (SVET) of Guatemala and a representative of the Inter-institutional Commission against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Persons in Honduras (CICESCT).

The topics addressed at the workshop were: international legal framework; the manual on combating trafficking for criminal justice professionals and the teacher training plan in border areas; trafficking in Honduras and Guatemala; controlled and uncontrolled crossing points on the border of Copan; successful cases in the investigation and prosecution of the crime of trafficking in both countries; profile of victims and traffickers; psychological reactions of victims of trafficking (interview victims); nonverbal/verbal language, and self-care; practical activity in joint research techniques; and international cooperation in cases of illicit trafficking and removal of organs.