Goal 1-2: Professionalize and improve the effectiveness of justice sector institutions (procedures and practices) to increase their ability to combat crime and insecurity in El Salvador, as well as enhance the public perception of these government institutions. On Track Goal 1 - The US. Government (USG) and the Government of El Salvador (GOES) continue joint efforts to build effective criminal justice sector institutions, developing strong professionals, modern systems, and standardized procedures to combat crime. Anew training facility, recently inaugurated in San Miguel, provides prosecutors in eastern El Salvador the skills needed to prepare and deliver sound, evidence- based cases to help reduce impunity. The Public Defender’s Office now has a training plan for public defenders, and 69 justice sector officials completed two courses on leadership and organizational change to promote efficiency and customer service. Ina study tour to Costa Rica, sponsored by the USG, Supreme Court officials gained firsthand knowledge on best practices and management of effective anticorruption offices. During this scorecard period, the USG provided assistance to the Judicial Council for the design of a training program and a merit-based system for the evaluation and selection of judges, a major PFG goal. To improve police efficiency, the USG also provided support to the National Civilian Police (PNC) in preparing an operations manual for the newly created Secretariat of Planning and International Coordination and a plan for strengthening the Internal Affairs Unit of the PNC’s Inspector General’s Office. Goal 2 - To improve coordination among justice sector institutions and to promote citizen participation, the USG and the GOES established a justice sector working group that includes civil society and another working group on transparency and anti-corruption. The GOES, with USG support, is improving services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Three new victims assistance centers were established during this scorecard period in the San Miguel Attorney General’s Office, the Sensuntepeque Police Delegation, and the Cojutepeque Public Defender’s Office, bringing the total to 11 centers nationwide. These facilities are now fully equipped and staffed to provide victims with humane treatment and complete services, including psychological counseling and accompaniment through all legal proceedings, which helps reduce the number of victims who abandon their cases. Personnel at the centers have been trained in victim assistance and investigation of crimes related to gender-based violence. During this period, 1,657 victims were attended at these centers. The USG also supported the Attorney General’s Office in establishing two specialized offices to process criminal cases under streamlined procedures in the Zacatecoluca and Ilobasco Prosecutor’s offices. The Chief of Police and Attorney General approved the establishment of 14 new joint police-prosecutor investigative teams to undertake and facilitate criminal investigations at the department level.