CRIMJUST – Disrupting Criminal Networks operating along Illicit Trafficking Routes is implemented as part of the Global Programme on Criminal Network Disruption (GPCD) of the Border Management Branch (BMB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with INTERPOL.
Launched in 2016, CRIMJUST aims contribute to the reduction of the impact of organised crime and related corruption on the security and rule of law of countries/regions along illicit trafficking routes. The programme initially focused on building technical capability along the cocaine route before shifting its strategic focus to primarily facilitating criminal justice cooperation to promote post-seizure investigations in 2019.
In January 2023, a new third phase of CRIMJUST was launched to strengthen transnational investigations, criminal justice actions and criminal justice cooperation along illicit trafficking routes in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This phase marks a departure from a commodity-based approach towards identifying and disrupting organised crime groups and high-level criminal targets, via a three-tier intervention see details here.
CRIMJUST works in active partnership with INTERPOL to complement its implementation by providing timely operational support to transnational illicit trafficking cases to promote post-seizure investigative and financial investigative actions. This notable includes the deployment of INTERPOL Operational Support Teams following significant and relevant interdiction activities.
This programme is funded by the European Union Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP). For more information about GIFP, please see here.
Moreover, in 2021, CRIMJUST received additional funds from the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to implement a regional project in Togo, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire “Strengthening Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Trafficking and Related Transnational Organized Crime in Coastal Francophone countries in West Africa”. This project, set to take place over three years, looks to bolster criminal intelligence capacities of investigative agencies in Togo and Benin while contributing to the further specialization of the Pôle penal, économique et financier in Côte d’Ivoire.
Finally, CRIMJUST contributes to the UNODC Synthetic Drug Strategy via the delivery of “Operation Azure” – a global initiative to equip countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa, with the training, resources, and networks to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate synthetic opioid trafficking. This initiative, combining technical guidelines, training, and operational activity, was first delivered in 2021. A second phase is being delivered in 2023. For more information, please see below:
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CRIMJUST seeks to strengthen transnational investigations, criminal justice actions and criminal justice cooperation along illicit trafficking routes in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa with a view of disrupting organised crime networks.
UNODC, under the framework of the CRIMJUST Global Programme, is developing a series of publications and intelligence products on current and emerging trends characterizing the drug markets. More info
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