Presentation on theme: "Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific"— Presentation transcript:
1 Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Amy Chang LeeRegional Director for Asia and the PacificOffice of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and TrainingCriminal DivisionUnited States Department of Justice
2 Overview of USDOJ Technical Assistance OPDAT was created by USDOJ in 1991 in response to growing threat of international crimeMission is to assist prosecutors and judicial personnel in other countries develop and sustain effective criminal justice institutionsOPDAT draws on DOJ resources and expertiseWorks with foreign partners with a broad range of justice sector reforms and developmentDOJ resources: 5,000+ Assistant US Attorneys (AUSAs), 400 Criminal Division Attorneys, Other DOJ components (FBI, DEA, USMS, ATF, BOP)Programs vary from country to country, depending on needs and challenges
3 Global Reach of OPDAT Field Offices RomaniaRussiaSerbiaMoldovaBosniaUkraineKosovoGeorgiaMacedoniaArmeniaChinaAlbaniaAzerbaijanPakistanBangladeshTurkeyMoroccoTunisiaIraqMexicoRegional RLA(Caribbean)UAEEl SalvadorPhilippinesMaliColombiaMalaysiaSierra LeoneKenyaIndonesiaTimor LesteKey: Current OPDAT RLA field offices: 28Additional field offices: 3June 30, 2012
4 OPDAT Scope of Operations ProgramsFY 2012588 programs involving 92 countriesDOJ officials invested 683 hours of their time to meet with 2,263 foreign visitorsStaffingHeadquarters PersonnelFY 201222 Attorneys19 Non-attorneysOverseas Personnel48 Resident Legal Advisors in 32 countries45 Foreign Service Nationals in 22 countriesFunded by US Department of State.
5 USDOJ OPDAT’s Core Competencies OPDAT provides an array of technical and skills development assistance in these areas:Legislative draftingTask force developmentStreamlining of the judicial processOrganization and management of prosecutorial functionCase managementCapacity-building of foreign prosecutors, investigators, and judgesPromotion of rule of law and regard for human rightsCriminal procedure code reformCriminal justice sector infrastructure reformSubstantive reform Activities in FY 2012:Counterterrorism – 19 programsHuman Trafficking and Child Exploitation – 42 programsAnti-Corruption – 34 programsOrganized Crime – 14 programsMoney Laundering and Asset Forfeiture – 48 programsComputer Crime and Intellectual Property -30 programsNarcotics Trafficking – 7 programsJustice Sector Development – 394 programs
6 Representative OPDAT Activities Anti-CorruptionPartnership with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC): OPDAT and ICITAP have conducted MCC anticorruption program in Albania, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ukraine.Albania: Assisted in creation of Joint Investigative Unit to combat financial crimes and corruption. The creation of this task force has resulted in significant arrests in corruption cases: 6 tax police were convicted and sentenced in April 2008; former high-level officials from the Ministries of Labor and Transportation, a former member of the tendering commission, and the former General Director of Roads were convicted and sentenced on corruption charges.Georgia: Provided training for investigators and prosecutors prior to the presidential and parliamentary elections in Thereafter, the Georgians prosecuted individuals for election crimes.Indonesia: Helped in establishment of an elite anti-corruption task force within the Office of the Attorney General, which is responsible for prosecuting high-level, complex corruption cases and recovering assets stolen through corruption.Liberia: Assisted in creation of an anti-corruption unit within the Ministry of Justice; helped develop a code of conduct and standards for prosecutors; promoted use of plea bargaining to reduce pre-trial detention; improved capacity of members in Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute allegations of public corruption, leading to indictments of several Liberian officials.Yemen: In February 2010, OPDAT began providing assistance to Yemen’s Supreme National Anti- Corruption Commission as part of a 1 year justice sector program focused on combating public corruption.