The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' (INL) criminal justice sector development work in Liberia is in close collaboration with the Government of Liberia as well as the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Since the end of the 14-year civil war in 2003, the Government of Liberia has steadily worked to reduce corruption and encourage private investment within its borders while UNMIL has maintained a strong presence to foster security and stability during the rebuilding of Liberia’s social and economic structure.
Police in Liberia: INL supports UNMIL’s work by providing civilian police advisors to mentor Liberia National Police (LNP) command staff and by providing technical assistance to develop specialized police units. INL also works bilaterally with Liberia to assist the police sector through developing a more robust LNP communications infrastructure and developing the LNP’s training capacity.
Justice in Liberia: INL works with the Government of Liberia to address high pre-trial detention rates through training for judges and prosecutors with the goal of institutionalizing procedures to expedite case management. INL is also engaged with the Government of Liberia Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Unit. An advisor embedded in the unit provides expert advice on a range of strategic and technical matters related to SGBV crimes such as prosecuting sexual assault, abuse, and exploitation cases as well as developing procedures for victim-witness coordination, witness protection, and case management.
Land Dispute Resolution: There are a significant number of land disputes not addressed by Government of Liberia’s court system or the traditional justice structure. INL is establishing a pilot project for alternative dispute resolution in two key counties. The project will teach community-oriented security training to improve the dispute resolution capabilities of community leaders and law enforcement personnel.