CRIMJUST aims to strengthen law enforcement and judicial strategies beyond interdiction activities and to promote the use of criminal justice cooperation to map out criminal structures, to bolster prosecution cases and to target high-value targets and their proceeds of crime. The programme focuses on illicit trafficking networks connecting Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa and aims to foster multi-faceted strategies to disrupt organized crime groups, via four main pillars:

 

Capacity Building: Strengthening the capacities of criminal justice institutions  to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate drug trafficking and related organized crime cases

 

Interregional Cooperation: Fostering regional and interregional cooperation between criminal justice institutions by promoting good practices, information exchange, networking and South-South cooperation

 

Institutional Integrity: Enhancing institutional integrity and accountability of criminal justice institutions as a way to reinforce mutual trust and confidence within and between both regions, with the active involvement of civil society organizations

 

Regional and global strategic knowledge: Providing regional and global strategic knowledge of drug production, trafficking, and related organized crime to enable member states to implement evidence-based policies

 CRIMJUST promotes the incorporation of gender considerations to criminal justice responses, by ensuring that participating states and relevant authorities can access the strategic knowledge, resources and capacities necessary to address unique challenges faced by women, at once victims and participants of illicit economies.