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Justice and Transparency Project

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This activity strengthens security and justice sector institutions to reduce criminal impunity and more effectively investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes that drive illegal migration, such as the smuggling of migrants, extortion, corruption, economic crimes, trafficking-in-persons, environmental crimes, money laundering, and gender-based violence.

This project strengthens Guatemala’s security and justice sector institutions to reduce criminal impunity and more effectively investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes that drive illegal migration.

The Justice and Transparency Project supports the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of crimes that drive illegal migration. It addresses the extortion, corruption, economic crimes (tax and contraband), trafficking-in-persons, and gender-based violence by working directly with the Attorney General’s Office and other justice sector institutions. This activity will also develop new investigation and case management models to investigate potential cases of fraud and embezzlement and support the unit within the Guatemalan Prosecutor’s Office that investigates and dismantles networks of coyotes, whose lucrative human-smuggling enterprises contribute to illegal migration.

In addition, the project will respond to the challenges created due to COVID-19 by providing technical assistance for virtual hearings in response to social distancing requirements including access to defense counsel outside of court. This includes bolstering information technology platforms, drafting regulations, and protocols that will increase the use of video-conferencing, and electronic communication between justice sector institutions to increase speed and efficiency in case management.

This project is expected to run from April 30, 2020 through April 29, 2025 with an estimated total USAID investment of $29,369,382.

USAID’s implementer for this project is Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc.

Related Links

  • Country Development Cooperation Strategy

    Security in Guatemala

    High levels of crime, violence, corruption, and impunity are driving illegal migration to the United States. USAID is countering migration by helping Guatemalans make their country more secure and just. Learn more

  • Country Development Cooperation Strategy

    Women

    USAID works to make Guatemala a more equal society by reducing gender gaps in access to resources, services, participation and time use. Learn more

  • Development Sector

    Security, Justice, and Governance

    USAID supports Guatemala to increase its resiliency to crime and violence, access to justice, and capacity to investigate and prosecute violent crimes, address corruption, and respond to illegal immigration. Learn more

Last updated: October 14, 2021

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