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The Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) actively recruits partners from International Organizations, federal, state, and local criminal justice institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations to provide expertise and on-the-ground assistance for many of INL’s criminal justice capacity building programs. This innovative engagement promotes U.S. standards and best practices that assist and provide models to foreign governments across the entire criminal justice spectrum.

Public International Organizations

INL partners with over 20 public international organizations, including:

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): INL supports UNODC’s anti-crime and counternarcotics technical assistance and capacity building programs in 31 countries. These efforts assist UN Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime, corruption, and terrorism through research and analysis; assistance in ratification and implementation of international treaties; and technical cooperation projects carried out by UN field offices around the world. In 2013, INL increased its support for combating wildlife trafficking by providing over $2 million to support UNODC’s Global Program to Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Key Regions, which will enhance national law enforcement and prosecution capacities in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. INL is also a key donor to UNODC’s Container Control Programme, which aims to combat illicit narcotics and other trafficking by intercepting containers at ports of entry around the world.

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD): As the Western Hemisphere’s only regional body tasked with addressing the drug problem, CICAD is both a key implementing partner and the premier body for regional drug dialogue on emerging trends and threats in the Americas. INL works closely with CICAD on money laundering, demand reduction, maritime trafficking, and chemical and pharmaceutical product control. CICAD also implements a number of programs in support of the Hemispheric Drug Strategy such as asset forfeiture and seizure initiatives and standardized training for drug treatment counselors.

International Development Law Organization (IDLO): One of the overarching goals for many partner nations is to develop effective legal systems. Since 2010, INL has partnered with IDLO on programs in Afghanistan, including the “National Justice Sector Strategy of Afghanistan – Improving Security, Legal Rights and Legal Services for the Afghan People (NJSS)” and the “Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP).” INL’s contribution to IDLO for the NJSS program supports increased access to legal aid services and improved awareness, investigation, and prosecution of crimes of violence against women and girls. The JTTP program provides legal training to justice actors nationwide, with the goal of transitioning continuing legal education to an in-house Afghan government function by the project’s end. INL has also partnered with IDLO in South Sudan, contributing $4.5 million to support a justice reform program that trains judges and strengthens legal education institutions, both inside and outside the government.

Domestic Partnerships

Federal: INL collaborates with federal agencies to provide training and technical assistance to host country counterparts. For example, INL partners with the Department of Justice’s two offices focused on international criminal justice reform -- the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) -- and with other DOJ entities such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to provide assistance and technical training to law enforcement, justice sector professionals, and corrections officials. INL partners with other agencies, including the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Law Library of Congress.

State and Local: INL has developed partnerships at the state and local level with police departments, district attorney offices, public defender services, and departments of corrections. INL has concluded over 70 informal and formal partnerships in 25 states and the District of Colombia. Our state- and local-level partners possess unique technical, linguistic, and cross-cultural expertise and represent the diversity, including high percentages of women, of America’s law-enforcement community. These partnerships are a win-win: the Department of State benefits from the knowledge and expertise of active police officers, corrections officials, and legal professionals, and state and local partners expand their ties with countries of interest to their communities, form operational relationships that pay dividends for our national security, and develop new skill sets. U.S.-based organizations that would like to explore a potential partnership with INL, may visit Working with INL for additional information.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): INL partners with NGOs to implement a variety of programs throughout the world including training and technical assistance for forming and sustaining community drug-free community coalitions and promoting drug abuse awareness/education in schools and communities. Civil society organizations also play an important role in international drug control, anti-crime and anti-corruption discussions by providing a voice for those outside of government in policy dialogue. INL officials regularly meet with civil society representatives to discuss their concerns and ideas related to U.S. and international drug control, anti-crime and anti-corruption policy.


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