The Attorney General’s Office reacted to the report presented by the United States Department of State that questions the replacement of experienced prosecutors, specifying that the change referred to in the document concerns prosecutors from the trafficking area.
In this sense, he explained that the only important change of prosecutors in the Specialized Trafficking Attorney corresponded to its owner, “because the time established by the Organic Law that governs the Public Ministry had already expired.”
He pointed out that the head of that Attorney General’s Office competed to direct the Regional Attorney’s Office of San Cristóbal, and that he won the place through a contest, so “today he exercises his functions with greater regional impact, for the benefit of the justice system”.
The Office of the Specialized Prosecutor against the Smuggling of Migrants and Human Trafficking was created in 2013 by the then attorney general, Francisco Domínguez Brito, and the prosecutor Jonathan Baró Gutiérrez was appointed head of that agency. In 2018 he participated in an opposition contest, which he won, for which he became director of the San Cristóbal Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
In a statement released today, the Attorney General of the Republic He appreciated the report presented by the US Department of State, because he understands it recognizes many of the important efforts made by the country’s authorities to prosecute the crime of Trafficking in Persons.
The PGR indicated that it works more closely than ever with the US Embassy in the country, and that he appreciates the constant support that his authorities offer to the present administration, in the person of his ambassador, Robin S. Bernstein.