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JusTRAC+ Justice Sector Measurement Community Of Practice (CoP) Meetings

CoP Meeting #1

Monitoring Court Responses and the Effects to Court Services of COVID 19

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (US Eastern)

This meeting provided valuable feedback on the draft Practice Note on Measuring Success in Judicial Reform Initiatives.  

Courts we support now face enormous challenges in making sure that justice is delivered while they maintain precautionary measures through social distancing and stay-at-home guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This discussion focused on how to effectively monitor and track current action across judiciaries during the pandemic. Monitoring and tracking will allow for broader discussion and will support programmatic efforts that are relevant to various contexts where courts are at. Discussion questions for this topic included: In what ways can we best monitor responses of judiciaries amidst the COVID-19 crisis? and What processes and systems would allow for sharing of information about courts rapidly to immediately respond to their needs and opportunities to support judiciaries during crises like these?

CoP Meeting #2

What’s Next: Discussion of Expectations and Adaptations for Assistance to Courts in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (US Eastern)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the functioning of courts, globally. As courts move toward resuming pre-pandemic functions, what approaches and lessons learned from the pandemic period will they incorporate? How will they respond to pandemic-related caseloads in areas such as cybercrime, gender-based violence, bankruptcy, and employment disputes? How can they forecast and respond to other emerging needs? Are courts and other justice sector institutions prepared for the post-COVID-19 era? What types of development and technical assistance should be anticipated?

The meeting offered participants an opportunity to gain insights and explore answers to these questions with each other and with fellow practitioners and experts from Asia, Latin America and the United States.

The Welcome and Opening Remarks were provided by Angela Conway, ABA ROLI's then-Director for the Middle East and North Africa, and Technical Co-lead, JusTRAC+ Justice Sector Measurement Community of Practice; and Shawna Wilson, Chief, Continuing Education and Training Division, Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The panel presentation was moderatored by Dr. Pim Albers, Justice Sector Measurement Consultant, ABA ROLI. The Honorable Muhammad Imman Ali, Justice, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, gave a presentation on The Bangladeshi Experience with Remote Court Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic and a Vision for the Future. Dr. Elizabeth Wiggins, Director, Research Division at the Federal Judicial Center, gave a presentation on Using Forecasting to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic Related Changes in Caseloads. Matthew Stokes, Program Officer for Criminal Prosecutions at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Mexico) gave a presentation on The INL Experience Supporting Remote Court Proceedings and Addressing Emerging Technical Assistance Needs. A Q&A session followed, moderated by Dr. Pim Albers, Justice Sector Measurement Consultant, ABA ROLI.

CoP Meeting #3

Measuring Results and Impact of Environmental Justice-focused Foreign Assistance Programs ~ Lessons Learned from an Emerging Field

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (US Eastern)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice (EJ) as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” Programmatic efforts that directly relate to the justice sector under environmental justice address issues such as lack of access to information on environmental cases; limited opportunities for public input on environmental decisions, structural and resource-based inequities, insufficient expertise among judges and prosecutors; and perceived bias of adjudicators and other decision-makers.

This session will consider potential approaches to measuring success in foreign assistance programs that promote environmental justice. Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice will lead a discussion of this emerging field, highlighting tools, practices and case studies which inform approaches to measurement, spotlight new initiatives underway, and promote development of innovative programming to advance the rule of law by promoting environmental justice.

The Welcome and Opening Remarks were provided by Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney for the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and JusTRAC+ Program Liaison; and Derry Riedel, Counsel for Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Justice, and JusTRAC+ Program Liaison.

The panel presentation was moderatored by Melissa Hoffer, Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Danny Gogal, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice, gave a presentation on Introduction to Measuring Environmental Justice. Myles Ranier, Resident Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice (Mexico) gave a presentation on U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Justice Working Group, Mexico. Elizabeth Moses, Environmental Rights and Justice Associate II for the Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute, gave a presentation on A Community Action Toolkit: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution – World Resources Institute. A Q&A session followed.

CoP Meeting #4

Gender, Equity, and Inclusion Analysis in the Criminal Justice Context

Friday, November 4, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (US Eastern)
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As the U.S. State Department and agency partners engage in equity action planning to implement Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, the JusTRAC+ Community of Practice on Justice Sector Measurement convened a discussion amongst interested interagency practitioners on gender, equity, and inclusion analysis in the criminal justice context. 

Meeting participants considered essential questions to determine which identity groups are most susceptible to discrimination, violence, and exclusion in specific criminal justice contexts based on identity characteristics and whether members of those groups have meaningful representation in and access to the criminal justice system. The discussants considered appropriate risk mitigation principles and consultation strategies while recognizing the sensitivities concerning aspects of individuals' identities that could put a person at risk (such as in countries that criminalize LGBTQI+ status or conduct).