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Workshop "Introduction to the process of cybercrime investigation and management of digital evidence" in Guatemala

Guatemala, January 19, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through its office in Guatemala, in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Delegation of the National Civil Police, the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Attorney General's Office, delivered the workshop "Introduction to the process of investigating cybercrime and handling digital evidence".

This workshop was taught from February 15 to 19, virtually, by the specialist Miguel Alas, regional expert in digital forensic analysis of the UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, strengthening the capacities of 80 public officials of the Security and Justice Institutions; prosecutors and assistants of the Prosecutor's Office against the Smuggling of Migrants, Criminal Investigations Directorate of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Public Prosecutor's Office; the Operational Unit of the Alba Keneth Alert System of the Attorney General's Office; and Units of the Specialized Criminal Investigation Division of the National Civil Police, the Section against Femicides, the Section against Illicit Trafficking of Persons and the Department of Investigation of Crimes against Children and Adolescents.

This workshop is part of a series of trainings that aim to strengthen the capacities of public officials of security and justice institutions to prevent, investigate and respond to emerging conflict drivers and ongoing tactics of conflict-related violence against women and girls, within computer crimes.

Public officials strengthened their knowledge in five areas: good practices for the collection of digital evidence; obtaining information from OSINT open sources; orientation to cybercrime investigation; cyber intelligence in social networks; process for the verification of information obtained from open sources and digital evidence in criminal proceedings.

Likewise, the Computer Crimes Section of the National Civil Police presented a coordination and inter-institutional and intra-institutional articulation route that will strengthen the identification and criminal prosecution of cybercrime, transnational organized crime and related cases through digital evidence.

In the closing ceremony, public officials thanked UNODC for providing such workshops that strengthen the human capital of security and justice institutions to comprehensively address the demands of the Guatemalan population, especially children and women, the most vulnerable sector of the population.

The training was carried out within the framework of the project "Creating new avenues of resilience to sustain peace from Kaqchiquel, Q'eqchi' and Mestiza women" implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations organization dedicated to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment (UN Women), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Center for Research, Training and Support for Women (CICAM), funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).