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Colombia Access to Justice Activity
USAID (2013 - 2017)
In February 2013, Checchi Consulting was awarded a four-year contract to execute the Access to Justice Activity (AJA) in Colombia. The basic premise of this four-year project is that greater access to justice is a cornerstone of the rule of law, which in turn is a key element for the establishment of a sustainable democracy. This is particularly true in the Colombian consolidation regions, where establishment of the rule of law contributes to building the legitimacy of the state. Consolidation regions were formalized by the GOC and USG in 2009 as part of the National Consolidation Plan, a follow-on to Plan Colombia. Fifteen priority regions throughout the country were identified as key regions to concentrate security and consolidate state presence. The AJA is working to consolidate prior gains, strengthen institutions, and heighten the focus in these consolidation areas. Among other activities, Checchi advisors are working with the Ministry of Justice and Law to establish 11 new Justice Houses in the consolidation regions. Checchi is also supporting the National Gender Commission of the Judicial Branch and its regional committees to create and strengthen a network of women lawyers and psychologists in the consolidation regions to assist the victims of gender-based violence. In addition, the company is supporting the judiciary as it establishes effective and efficient land restitution courts for the dispossessed victims of Colombia’s lengthy armed conflict.
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Colombia - Administration of Justice Program
USAID (2001 - 2006)
The Administration of Justice Program supported the Government of Colombia's efforts to create a fairer, more transparent, and more effective criminal justice system while expanding access to justice for Colombian citizens. As USAID's implementing contractor for this Program, Checchi worked with the key justice sector institutions to introduce oral trial procedures and other elements of the constitutionally-mandated adversarial system, improve public defense services, and establish a system of Casas de Justicia, or Justice Houses, throughout the country. Among other activities, Checchi provided extensive training in the new adversarial system, assisted with the renovation of 28 courtrooms for oral trials, developed Public Defense Pilot Offices in Bogota and two other cities, and helped establish 23 new Justice Houses offering community dispute resolution, family law, and related services. The Program also included a major grants component to help strengthen the awareness and involvement of civil society in the reform initiatives.
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