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UNODC trains officials on investigation of disappearances cases related to organized crime

San Salvador, April 15, 2019. The disappearance of persons related to organized crime presents new challenges for institutions from the justice sector since this phenomenon violates the rights of victims and affects the stability and security of States. In this regard, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) implements the project "Institutional strengthening in cases of disappearances related to organized crime to reduce impunity in El Salvador", with the objective of strengthening the capacity of institutions to prevent, investigate and prosecute these cases.

In this context, during March and April 2019, two specialized training courses were conducted in the city of San Salvador, on "Search for disappeared persons and organized crime", with the participation of officials from the National Civil Police, Attorney General's Office, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Attorneys Office for the Defence of Human Rights and the Armed Forces of El Salvador.
The courses were developed in an interdisciplinary manner in order to enhance knowledge in various areas, including legal, forensic sciences and psychosocial attention for victims. In addition, the course made it possible to provide training on the new Protocol of Urgent Action and Search Strategy for Disappeared Persons in El Salvador, which was created with the support of UNODC, with the aim of improving the institutional articulation needed to investigate and prosecute cases in this area.
This academic experience is essential for participants to acquire the necessary skills to carry out activities related to the subject, including the implementation of search strategies, urgent investigation actions, location and identification of disappeared persons.