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Afghanistan - Rule of Law Project
USAID (2004 - 2009)
When the Taliban regime was removed from power in Afghanistan, the country faced the task of building a stable, democratic society and creating an environment of respect for the rule of law after almost a quarter century of conflict. As the implementing contractor for USAID's Afghanistan Rule of Law Project, Checchi contributed to this goal by helping Afghanistan rebuild its justice sector. The program was designed to strengthen justice sector systems and the education and training of legal personnel to operate within those systems; to develop capacity for law reform and legislative drafting; and to build linkages between the formal and traditional justice sectors. Activities included support for court administration, law schools, and the National Legal Training Center; student/faculty exchanges; assistance in drafting, codifying, and disseminating laws; and public education and awareness campaigns.
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Bolivia - Administration of Justice Program
USAID (2005 - 2010)
In February 2005, USAID awarded Checchi a four-year contract to implement the Bolivia Administration of Justice Program. The Program had three principal objectives: (1) strengthening the capacity of justice sector operators and institutions to successfully implement a new Criminal Procedure Code; (2) increasing access to justice through support for the establishment and expansion of Integrated Justice Centers; and (3) developing and promoting commercial and administrative law reforms. The first objective emphasized technical assistance and training activities to strengthen the Judicial Branch, the Public Ministry, the Public Defender's Office and the Forensic Investigation Institute. The second objective focused on technical assistance to expand the Integrated Justice Center Model, which provides mediation and other justice-related services to marginalized communities. With respect to the third objective, Checchi strengthened specialized commercial and administrative courts, as well as supported the establishment of arbitration and mediation centers at the national level.
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El Salvador - Justice Sector Strengthening Activity
USAID (2013 - 2018)
In March 2013, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year contract by USAID to implement the Justice Sector Strengthening Project in El Salvador. This is a follow-on contract to the task order that the Company executed in El Salvador from 2008 to 2012, and builds upon important accomplishments in the areas of community policing, assistance for the victims of domestic and sexual violence, and court administration. Working with the National Civilian Police, the Company will expand community policing activities to help reduce crime and violence. The Company also will work to improve case tracking and case management systems in the courts, develop inter-institutional protocols to improve the quality of criminal investigations, and establish victims’ assistance centers to provide medical, psychological and legal services for the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Finally, the Company will work with civil society organizations to enhance transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.
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El Salvador - Judicial Reform Projects I and II
USAID (1990 - 1998)
Under two consecutive contracts, Checchi provided technical assistance and training services to support the transition from an inquisitorial criminal justice system to a modern, adversarial system in El Salvador. The Checchi team worked in the following areas: (1) legal reform, including assistance with the drafting of a new Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code; (2) institutional strengthening of the Judicial Branch, the Attorney General's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the Judicial Training School; and (3) promoting greater popular understanding of the reforms through public education/awareness campaigns that included the use of television, radio and a wide range of print media. Checchi also collaborated with Salvadoran non-governmental organizations to promote the participation of civil society in the reform process.
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Guatemala - Security and Justice Sector Reform Project
USAID (2012 - 2018)
In August 2012, Checchi was awarded a five-year contract to execute the Security and Justice Sector Reform Project (SJSRP) in Guatemala. The Project will support institutional strengthening and reform efforts in the Judicial Branch, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Civilian Police, and other security and justice sector institutions. Among other activities, Checchi advisors will provide technical assistance for a broad range of security and justice sector reform initiatives; strengthen civil society to help increase accountability and encourage citizen participation in security and justice sector issues; and assist with the implementation of key legislation in such areas as organized crime, human trafficking, and domestic and sexual violence. The company also will support the design and implementation of a career development program for police officers and officials of the National Civilian Police, implement improvements in court administration, and help establish legal assistance offices for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

In November 2015, Checchi received a modification that added activities intended to improve the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes and modernize the Supreme Court's IT system.

In September 2016, Checchi received a one-year extension of the SJSRP (through August 2018) that expands the Project's anti-corruption and legal reform activities. Among other activities, the company will support the establishment and strengthening of specialized courts for high-profile corruption cases, strengthen specialized prosecutors’ offices for extortion and corruption cases, and help develop modern, transparent justice sector processes.
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Guatemala - Rule of Law Program
USAID (2004 - 2009)
Under the Guatemala Rule of Law Program, the company executed activities in the following areas: increasing the use of oral procedures in the criminal justice system; improving the prosecutorial capacity of the Public Ministry; strengthening the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Public Ministry; strengthening crime prevention efforts at both the national and local levels; increasing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution; improving the quality of legal education; and helping civil society organizations to increase their capacities to advocate for justice sector reforms. A number of these activities built upon the accomplishments of the Guatemala Justice Program, also implemented by Checchi.
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Guatemala - Justice Program
USAID (1999 - 2004)
Under the Guatemala Justice Program, Checchi provided extensive technical assistance to the Public Ministry, the Judicial Branch, and the Public Defense Institute to support policy and institutional reforms ranging from the establishment of specialized crime units in District Attorneys' offices to the design and implementation of modern case handling and case tracking systems in the courts. To help increase access to justice, the Program assisted in establishing and strengthening 17 regional Justice Centers, while creating mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination in the justice sector at the local level. The Program also conducted multilingual public education campaigns regarding mediation, domestic violence, and access to the criminal justice system. Finally, the program helped to create 16 Community Mediation Centers in order to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the recognition of indigenous law.
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Haiti - Administration of Justice Project
USAID (1995 - 1999)
Checchi was the prime contractor for the four-year technical assistance and training project to assist Haitian authorities in developing a responsive, transparent justice system. The project had three main program components - legal assistance and information, case registration/management, and judicial mentoring - which shared the objective of strengthening the organization and management of the judicial system and increasing public access to the courts.
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Kosovo - Effective Rule of Law
USAID (2011 - 2015)
In March 2011, USAID awarded Checchi a contract to implement the Effective Rule of Law (EROL) Program in Kosovo. The aim of this four-year effort is to promote the independent and effective operation of the justice system in Kosovo. The Program is working to facilitate the strengthening of the courts, the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council and the Judicial Institute, as well as other justice sector institutions. Among other activities, Checchi is providing technical assistance to enhance the Judicial Institute’s capacity for training judges, prosecutors and court administrators; strengthen the Judicial Council’s ability to fulfill its oversight and disciplinary functions; and help with the streamlining and modernization of the court system. In addition, the Program is working to increase public understanding of the justice system by working closely with local civil society organizations.
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Kosovo – Systems for Enforcing Agreements and Decisions (SEAD) Program
USAID (2009 - 2012)
Since achieving independence in 2008, Kosovo has faced the challenge of establishing a system for enforcing legal agreements and court decisions that are necessary to stimulate domestic economic growth and foreign investment. In particular, the responsibility given to municipal court judges for executing utility bills and other minor claims has left the courts with large backlogs of civil cases and diverted resources from protecting the contract and property rights of citizens and businesses. As USAID's implementing partner for the SEAD Program, Checchi is working with local institutions to address these challenges through the introduction of stronger enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms. Program components focus on promoting the acceptance and use of standardized contracts and binding obligations in commercial transactions, streamlining procedures for the enforcement of judgments, and developing an effective system for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Kosovo that is consistent with international standards.
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Moldova - Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program
USAID (2012 - 2016)
In March 2012, USAID awarded Checchi a four-year contract to implement the Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program (ROLISP) in Moldova. Checchi advisors will work with Moldovan counterparts to help strengthen the institutional capacity, transparency and accountability of key justice sector institutions in order to enhance the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary. Among other activities, the Program will help judicial institutions to effectively oversee the work of the courts; improve system-wide management to ensure that courts are meeting performance standards; institutionalize modern court administration and budgeting practices; increase the capacity of the National Institute of Justice to train judges, prosecutors and court administrators; and increase the capacity of civil society organizations to monitor and advocate for justice sector reform. By strengthening the stability and efficiency of institutions responsible for safeguarding democracy and the rule of law in Moldova, ROLISP will contribute to an increased capacity of the judiciary to respond to citizens’ needs.
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Moldova – Millennium Challenge Account Governance Threshold Program
USAID (2007 - 2009)
As part of a consortium led by Millennium/IP3 Partners, Checchi provided long-term and short-term technical assistance to support the judicial reform and tax administration reform components of the Program. Checchi advisors worked to increase transparency and accountability by modernizing court processes, strengthening the monitoring capacity of civil society, and enhancing the use of information and communications technology within the judicial system, and by enabling the standardization and automation of tax assessment and collection procedures.
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Newly Independent States - Regional Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1998)
To facilitate the transition to democratic, market-based societies, an ARD/Checchi Joint Venture provided assistance to the transcaucasus republics of Armenia and Georgia and the NIS republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan under the USAID-funded Rule of Law Program. Specifically, ARD/Checchi provided assistance with drafting model civil and criminal codes, judicial training in areas of commercial law, law school curriculum development, and provision of computerized legal information systems. All program activities were aimed at increasing citizen awareness of, demand for, and participation in legal reform and the use of legal institutions and recourse.
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Russia - Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1997)
In a joint venture partnership with ARD, Inc. Checchi designed and implemented a four-year program to support the development of stable legal, political, and economic environments in the Russian Federation. ARD/Checchi was involved in the planning and management of activities in three substantive areas: (i) reform of laws and administrative regulations needed to protect individual rights; (ii) reform of institutions that formulate, implement, adjudicate, and enforce the laws; and (iii) strengthening of civil society. Activities included legislative drafting, development of law school curricula, training of judges, development of a competitive grants program for local NGOs, and support for the publication of laws and other legal documents.
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Montenegro Justice Sector Reform Project
USAID (2003 - 2007)
In this multi-year project, Checchi provided technical assistance to help modernize the laws that affect the operation of the Montenegrin judicial system, to implement structural changes required under the Courts Act, and to introduce modern court administration and case management techniques. Working with the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court, Checchi's activities focused on establishing new Appellate and Administrative Courts and an independent Administrative Office, promoting changes in the laws to increase the independence of the judiciary, improving case management at all levels of the court system, and upgrading court system infrastructure. Checchi advisors also deliveres training to enhance the capacity of judges and court staff to implement procedural reforms.
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Ukraine - Rule of Law Program
USAID (1993 - 1999)
USAID's Rule of Law Program was designed to help public and private organizations in the former Soviet Union to develop or strengthen the laws, legal institutions, and civic structures that support democratic and market-oriented societies. Checchi was a partner in a joint venture with ARD, Inc. to implement the program in Ukraine. The program focused on strengthening core legal institutions, including courts, the procuracy, and law schools. Additionally, ARD/Checchi assisted in drafting key sections of the Ukrainian constitution and creating the legislative basis for an independent judiciary, and supported locally-produced media campaigns on anti-corruption and citizens rights issues.
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