The Juvenile Court Project (JCP) is made possible by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Technical assistance for the JCP is also provided by the the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID's citizen security and safety initiatives support the third pillar of President Obama's Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBSI), a U.S. security strategy that focuses on the safety of citizens throughout the Caribbean. CBSI has three Pillars: (1) Substantial Reduction in Illicit Trafficking, (2) Increase Public Safety and Security and (3) The Promotion of Social Justice. It is expected that USAID will contribute more than US$4.5M to the JCP. For more on USAID, visit www.usaid.gov/barbados.
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago works toward the resolution of conflict in the society by resolving disputes which arise out of the operation of law and involve the application of remedies and identifying appropriate consequences for offenders. The establishment of the JCP is consistent with the Judiciary’s strategic focus to institute specialised courts, tailored to meet the needs of its varied customers as well as problem solving courts that treat with root causes of crime. Consistent with their focus on family justice, they hope to successfully implement an effective children court system under the JCP. For more on the Judiciary, visit www.ttlawcourts.org.
The UNDP established its office in Trinidad and Tobago in 1961, and has been supporting and facilitating national development in this country for over 50 years. One of the organisation’s focal areas is Citizen Security and Youth Development. In this regard, UNDP has pledged to help build institutional capacity to tackle crime and violence; provide technical expertise to the Government; support criminal justice reform and help boost preventative measures with special focus on youth. With respect to the JCP, UNDP has taken the lead on fund management and project assurance. For more on UNDP, visit, www.tt.undp.org.
NCSC is providing technical support to the JCP. They are headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia, and are a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to court systems in the United States, U.S. territories, and around the world. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training and technology, management, and research services to U.S. state courts. For more on NCSC, visit www.ncsc.org.