The CRIMJUST Global program "Strengthening Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice Cooperation along Drug Trafficking Routes" is implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Since its launch in 2016, CRIMJUST has strived to enhance law enforcement and judicial capacities and institutional integrity as well as to strengthen international cooperation to support the implementation of (inter)regional counter-narcotic strategies that go beyond interdiction activities.

CRIMJUST seeks to combat the flow of illicit drugs by enhancing law enforcement and judicial counter-narcotic strategies beyond interdiction activities and by fostering transnational responses targeting each stage of the drug supply chain. It focuses on drug trafficking connecting Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa, promoting the implementation of multi-faceted strategies to disrupt the drug trade.

For more information for projects undertaken under the framework of CRIMJUST

1. Facilitation of the process of consolidation of the Criminal Justice System in Mexico
2. The Strengthening Program for the Security of Groups in Vulnerability Situation
3. UNODC Opioid Strategy

CRIMJUST is funded by the European Union (EU), the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the government of Portugal.

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Drug trafficking and related organized crime threaten security and public health in affected communities as well as undermine governance and the rule of law. Over time, criminal networks that operate across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and West Africa (WA) regions have increased their cooperation, expanding and diversifying their activities.

The transnational nature of drug trafficking as well as the increasing multi-crime portfolio of organized crime groups create a challenge to participating states and underline the necessity for an equally horizontal approach to cooperation at a national, regional and inter-regional level.

The CRIMJUST global program seeks to enhance the capacities and integrity of criminal justice institutions for regional and inter-regional cooperation to tackle cases of drug trafficking and transnational organized crime along the drug trafficking routes in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
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CRIMJUST work is guided by a broad range of international legally binding instruments and a set of United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice. More info

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With strong commitment to combat drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC has developed informative material aiming not only to raise awareness of the issues but to build technical assistance. More info