U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of INL seeking Applications for “Criminal Justice and Litigation Skill Building” Program

Deadline: 21 May 2019

The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications from qualified U.S. or overseas Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Educational Institutions, and other qualified organizations for a grant to implement a program entitled “Criminal Justice and Litigation Skill Building: Supporting Consolidation of Mexico’s Implementation of its Oral, Adversarial and Accusatorial Criminal Justice System (ACJS)”.

This project will support the Embassy Mexico City/INL ROL Criminal Prosecutions Program by providing Mexican law students and professors an opportunity to develop litigation skills for working in and teaching the ACJS. This will be done by delivering litigation workshops, providing training/study tours to the United States and organizing an international conference on law schools’ role in the consolidation of the ACJS.

The goal of this grant is to support Mexico’s consolidation of the ACJS by providing Mexican law students and professors an opportunity to develop the skills required to operate and teach in the ACJS.

Project Objectives

  • Provide three forty-hour litigation workshops in Spanish to Mexican law professors and students of major Mexican public law schools.
  • Provide three training/study tours to the United States (for 10-12 participants each trip, totaling 30-36 participants throughout the life of the award).
  • Provide one international conference (symposium) on Mexico’s criminal justice reforms and the role law schools play in the consolidation of the ACJS, per each year of the award.
  • Monitor the broader results and impact of the project, including tracking participants’ career paths.
  • Coordinate activities under this grant by linking with other INL grantees working in the same geographic or subject areas.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
  • Award Floor: $1,000,000
  • The period of performance is 3 years, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in Mexico and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in Mexico, if required by the country of project implementation.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing similar education or capacity building programs, preferably in Mexico. INL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering similar programs and/or federal grant awards.
  • Applicants must have the ability to produce course materials, deliver training, and conduct evaluations in Spanish and English. The applicant’s staff should be proficient in English in order to fulfill reporting requirements.
  • Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with stakeholders in order to successfully carry out the proposed program.
  • Organizations may form a consortium and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant and other members as sub-award partners.
  • Applicants must be able to respond to the NOFO and be able to mobilize in a short period of time.

Note: Public International Organizations (PIOs) and For-Profit Organizations are excluded from applying to this grant announcement.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process via the given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314120

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