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American University and OAS sign agreement on CTC collaboration

 

Signing formalizes years of collaboration on drug treatment courts

Ambassador. Paul Simons and Dr. Scott Bass exchange the signed agreements.

Dr. Barbara Romzek, newly appointed Dean of the AU School of Public Affairs, underscores the university's interest in supporting justice programs in the Americas.

Ambassador Paul Simons gives a brief history of CICAD-AU collaboration.

CICAD Executive Secretariat and the School of Public Affairs of American University signed a memorandum of understanding to continue collaborating on the Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) model as an alternative to incarceration with treatment under judicial supervision for drug dependent offenders.

Dr. Scott A. Bass, the Provost of American University, and CICAD Executive Secretary Paul Simons did the honors for their institutions on July 11, 2012 on the AU campus in Washington.

This cooperation is an "exciting opportunity to combine the academic/research aspects of American University's program with the practical experience of the OAS in Latin America," said Dean Barbara Romzek.

The AU School of Public Affairs' Justice Programs Office has participated in many CICAD-sponsored activities over the past five years, lending the expertise of its faculty and researchers to working groups and training activities in Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Belgium and Spain. The AU experts also served as guides to study visits to Washington, DC area drug treatment courts by professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Justice Programs Office drafted a publication in 2010: Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes,  Volume I (PDF, 950 kb)  and Volume II (PDF, 7.55 mb). The publications also had support from the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Universiteit Gent (Belgium); the Ministerio Público of Chile (General Prosecutor’s Office); and the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC). For more information, see the publication pages: Vol I and Vol. II.

The Justice Programs Office is currently preparing a new publication: Drug Treatment Courts: An International Response for Drug-Dependent Offenders. The book, which will synthesize much of the DTC experience in the Americas and serve as a reference text for pilot projects in the region, will come out in late 2012. The book will include chapters by leading experts in the field.

The signing marked a transition at the School of Public Affairs because Dean Barbara Romzek had just been appointed to replace Dean William LeoGrande, who will continue his long-term interest in Latin America affairs. Professor Joseph Trotter, director of the Justice Programs Officer, and Professor Caroline S. Cooper, Research Professor and Associate Director of the Justice Programs Office both witnessed the signing.

The Drug Treatment Courts in the Americas initiative is coordinated by the Institution Building and Integral Programs Section of CICAD, with funding from the governments of the United States, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as contributions from member states undertaking pilot projects. 


updated on 8/1/2013 5:37:52 PM