The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) held four discussions with justice institutions, civil society organizations and members of academia in South America from May 2-6, 2022. The exchanges yielded numerous contributions for the design of its 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.

Over 100 people participated in the discussions, including representatives of justice system institutions such as judiciaries, ministries of justice, public prosecution services, public defense services, and police and prison institutions. They represented Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil. The participants included representatives of various civil society and academic organizations as well as members of JSCA’s alumni network.

JSCA’s sub regional discussions are part of a broad participatory process designed to discuss the main challenges, issues, tools, lines of action and spaces for collaboration on the work that the Center will conduct in the coming years with key stakeholders.

JSCA is grateful for the profound interest demonstrated by the individuals who participated in these discussions in contributing to the Center’s work by providing valuable information. This reaffirms the entity’s commitment to organizing all of the contributions received to develop its Strategic Plan in order to generate collaborative work related to strengthening justice in South America.

JSCA will hold discussions with the Caribbean, Canada and the United States in the coming weeks. JSCA will use the subregional perspective to address the specific priorities and challenges of subregions in the American continent.

JSCA reiterates its invitation to all interested institutions and operators to participate in the development of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan by taking part in the Virtual Consultation, which will be available online until May 30.