Office of Africa and Middle East Programs: Sudan
INL is one of the largest bilateral funders of criminal justice sector programming in Southern Sudan, and supports both the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Currently, we are assisting the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) with their strategic planning, new recruit training, and ongoing training for Formed Police Units beyond the upcoming referendum in January 2011. Our program also focuses on improving health and sanitation in Southern Sudanese prisons and providing support to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, as well as to the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), to research and publicize the customary legal system in Southern Sudan. Future programming will include legal education for judges and lawyers and improved management of corrections facilities to ensure the protection of vulnerable populations.