The Office of Global Criminal Justice (GCJ) is offering grants for Enhancing the Impact of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace to provide specialized support to address challenges that are common to domestic atrocity crime transitional justice processes, particularly when it comes to addressing large-scale system crimes, reaching a broad cross-section of conflict victims, and contributing to a holistic transitional justice strategy.
This program will support transitional justice in Colombia, especially new and innovative domestic transitional justice mechanisms, including the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz – JEP).
- Expand the capabilities of the relevant JEP staff to adequately ensure those most responsible for atrocities and abuses who may not be direct perpetrators, are adequately and meaningfully brought into JEP processes.
- Ensure that all relevant staff of the JEP have appropriate training to address gender-related crimes.
- Facilitate greater engagement between the JEP and under-represented victims’ communities, so that these communities better understand the work of the JEP, can more fully participate in JEP processes, and provide the JEP with information that will help it carry out its mandate.
- Ensure that all those engaging with the JEP have access to competent and independent legal representation.
Programming may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following areas:
- Train, educate, and accompany relevant JEP staff to build their capacity to ensure those most responsible for systemic crimes committed during the conflict are brought into JEP processes.
- Provide instruction on identifying, analyzing, and building linkage evidence to connect actors to crimes committed by those under their control.
- Engage relevant JEP staff – including but not limited to those focused on outreach, investigation, prosecution, and victim relations – on best practices for working with victims, witnesses, and communities in relation to gender-related crimes.
- Provide training and accompaniment on unique skills, techniques, and approaches to investigating, prosecuting, and adjudicating gender-related crimes in a trauma-informed fashion.
- Identify and educate under-represented communities affected by conflict to the mandate, objectives, and work of the JEP.
- Assist JEP professionals in overcoming obstacles to engaging with under-represented victims’ communities.
- Support efforts to ensure access to competent and independent legal representation to those engaging with the JEP.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
- Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
- Award Floor: $1,000,000
- Estimated Length of Project Period: Up to 48 months
- Eligible applicants include U.S. or foreign:
- Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.
- The Department of State is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and activities. The Department of State welcomes applications irrespective of an applicants’ race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. They encourage applications from organizations working with underserved communities, including women, people with disabilities, and youth.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341401