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DTC Partners

 

Specific role in the project

 
National Drug Commissions The executive branch as a whole and the national drug commissions in particular will be involved in this project. They are the national coordinating bodies that bring together all of the ministries of government having to do with drugs, and will bring the drug agenda to the table.
Ministry of Justice At the institutional level, the different Ministries, and the Ministries of Justice in particular, would need to support the work of judges, prosecutors, and rest of the team if they decide to move on with the implementation of such modalities.
Ministry of Health Having the legal framework and procedures in place, with no treatment centers to send drug dependent offenders, no matter how high the order comes from, it is useless.  Ministries of Health would need to be involved from the beginning of the project as partners of this action, to make sure there is a synchronized movement that maintains balance between health and justice. At the individual level, treatment providers and other health personnel would need to be supported by the health system.
IADTC, and other international institutions and/or organizations The international Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC), will help us link this initiative with other institutions, actions, and participants of other countries (particularly judges and prosecutors). The participation of other international organizations to make sure we all harmonized strategies and actions is important for the consistency and coherence of international cooperation.
CADTC, NADCP, among other national professional associations The Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Courts (CADTC), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) would also provide expertise and knowledge about how to work with the DTC modality. Both associations, from Canada and the US would include facilitating judges, prosecutors, etc… involved in this process. In the case of NADCP, they have prior experience providing technical assistance to various Caribbean countries. NADCP on the other hand is currently supporting DCTs in Mexico. Other organizations like the Center for Court Innovation will also participate in this initiative.
The court system itself At the individual level, this action will interact primarily with judges, prosecutors, liaison officers, probation officers, defense attorneys, court administrative personnel, liaison officers, probation officers, and DTC treatment providers.
Universities and academic institutions The University of the West Indies and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Canada, American University (Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs) among others, could be an added value as they could integrate this effort into academic activities, providing more chances for sustainability if they take part of the curricula, in one way or another.
Municipalities
City governments are the closest institutions to the citizens, their capacity to interact with the individuals is a major issue in trying to involve community actors, city agencies, and citizens.
This initiative is being executed under the umbrella of OAS´s DTC-Americas Initiative. DTC-Caribbean is being carried out by the Organization of the American States (OAS) through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) and funded by the Government of Canada through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP), and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).Some strategic partners: Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTC) and the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC)

updated on 9/4/2013 12:03:29 PM