Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

The OAS General Secretariat and the Center for Court Innovation CCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding

 

The OAS General Secretariat, through CICAD and the Center for Court Innovation CCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding for coordinating joint efforts

On September 29, 2014, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) - through the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (ES/CICAD) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security - and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for coordinating joint efforts to promote alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders and drug treatment courts in the Americas.  CICAD Executive Secretary, Ambassador Paul Simons, and CCI Director, Greg Berman, signed the MOU, recognizing the close working relationship that already existed between the two organizations. 

Under the new MOU, this cooperation is mainly focused on conducting training, facilitating opportunities for the exchange of professionals working on alternatives to incarceration and drug treatment courts, providing technical assistance and research as needed by OAS Member States, and promoting policy awareness of drug treatment courts in the Americas.  The activities that CCI and CICAD will seek to carry out will include capacity building for judges, law enforcement, social servants, prosecutors, defense attorney, and probation officers, among others; exchanging good practices with other international organizations; supporting pilot projects in areas such as training, evaluation, information systems, and advocacy in countries pursuing alternatives to incarceration and drug treatment courts; assisting with the adoption of policies and regulatory changes relating to alternatives to incarceration and drug treatment courts; and preparing joint publications of international good practices in the field.  CCI and CICAD both look forward to continuing their fruitful partnership as they look to promote innovative and sustainable  reforms in drug policy in the Americas.


updated on 9/30/2014 3:43:02 PM