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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 Generalís 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 prosecutorsí 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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