USAID Builds Organizational Capacity of Community Justice Centers in Ukraine

From May to July 2021, the USAID New Justice Program, jointly with the Center for Court Innovation (USA), will conduct a series of seven online workshops for representatives of Community Justice Centers (CJCs) to build their organizational capacity.

The workshops will focus on the following topics: community legal needs assessment, community engagement strategies, measuring CJC performance, partnership for sustainability, and procedural justice.

Given that Ukraine has been under conditions of quarantine restrictions due to the pandemic over the past year, Community Justice Centers are in a constant state of adaptation to external conditions. Nonetheless, CJCs are still very efficient providers of legal services for communities. However, there are substantial gaps in the organizational potential and financial capacity of CJCs. Among other things, this concerns internal and external communications, management, monitoring, and other organizational development components. To address these issues, the USAID New Justice Program continues to provide essential technical assistance to CJCs through remote expert consultations and online workshops,” noted Chief of Party of the USAID New Justice Program David Vaughn.

The first training in this series took place on May 26, 2021. It was aimed at introducing participants and faculty and outlining the issues that CJCs’ representatives find the most interesting or challenging.

Experts of the Center for Court Innovation (USA) – a non-profit organization which operates in New York State to create an efficient and humane justice system through developing and implementing innovative programs as well as research and providing reformers from all over the world with tools necessary to test new ideas – will share their expertise with CJCs’ representatives.

During the event, representatives of CJCs from Chernihiv, Chuhuiv, Odesa, and Tatarbunary also presented their organizations. In Ukraine, CJCs provide legal aid to citizens, facilitate alternative dispute resolution, inform about the operations of courts and other state institutions of the justice sector, facilitate expanding access to justice, and solve such issues in communities as street crime and domestic violence human trafficking, etc.

It should be recalled that since 2019 the USAID New Justice Program, together with its partners, has supported the establishment of the first six CJCs in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv Oblasts.