On June 13, 2023, the Center for the Study of Justice in the Americas (CEJA), as part of the Project to support the criminal procedural reform in Argentina and the strengthening of the transition to an accusatorial system with the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) agency of the United States Embassy in Argentina, the Association of Prosecutors and Officials of the Argentine Republic, and the Association of Federal Judges of the Argentine Republic (AJUFE), held the International Seminar “Challenges of Criminal Prosecution and Adjudication of Organized Crime.”

The seminar aimed to learn about best practices in the investigation, litigation, and criminal prosecution of organized crime, delve into comparative experiences in the security of justice operators, especially in risk detection and mitigation actions, and prevention, as well as learn about experiences and best practices in the recovery of assets and the administration of seized assets from organized crime.

Prominent figures in the legal field participated in the event.

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With a special emphasis on the prevention of violence against judges in the adjudication of criminal cases, strategies were discussed to strengthen institutions through a comparative experience of risks and mitigations carried out in these provinces of Argentina. Additionally, the last panel discussed an evaluation of the functioning of the Accusatorial System in Salta and Jujuy in particular. Success cases were also presented where complex crimes related to organized crime were resolved within short periods and with the utmost transparency in the federal system.

This conference contributed to the debate and the joint development of solutions to address this complex criminality. CEJA and INL launched a new activity for reflection and the exchange of experiences in the criminal prosecution and adjudication of organized crime.

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The Center for the Study of Justice in the Americas (CEJA) is an intergovernmental organization with technical and operational autonomy, established by resolution of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), in compliance with the mandates contained in the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas (Santiago, April 1998) and the recommendations adopted in the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or other Ministers, Prosecutors, and Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA).

CEJA provides technical assistance to governments, judiciaries, public ministries, and other justice institutions. It conducts technical studies and generates empirical evidence, facilitates information exchange and sharing of best practices at the regional level, and provides specialized training to justice operators and decision-makers in public policy on justice in the countries of the Americas.