Dominicans for Justice and Peace is engaged at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and focuses on 4 (four) thematic priorities, selected to support the engagement of Dominicans on the ground:
- Countering Human Trafficking
- Prison reform
- Countering Forest and Wildlife Crime
- Education for justice
Using information gathered from Dominicans on the ground, Dominicans for Justice and Peace joins other NGOs in advocating for effective global and national policies around these 4 priorities in the following mechanisms of the UNODC.
The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
With regular annual sessions and intersessional meetings, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) leads the policy making in crime prevention and criminal justice at the United Nations. Its work is mainly based on supporting international efforts towards the eradication of national and transnational crimes and on contributing to the improvement of criminal justice administration. Further, the Commission also allows the exchange of expertise and information among Member States in order to develop national and international strategies, and to identify priorities for combating crime.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace plays an active role in the CCPCJ with the organisation of side events to raise awareness on the challenges encountered by Dominicans on the ground.
The United Nations Crime Congress
Since 1995, the UN Crime Congress has been held every 5 (five) years, promoting a discussion among Government Delegates, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, professionals and distinguished scholars on matters of criminal justice.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace participates actively with other NGOs in the preparations for the congress and, where possible, participates, in order to advocate for a more efficient programme of action.
Education for Justice
The Education for Justice (E4J) is an initiative of the UNODC and created after the 13th Crime Congress in Doha in 2015. It aims at promoting a culture of lawfulness and prevention of crime through an age-based system of online modules, ranging from primary to tertiary education levels. This tool is used by educators to raise awareness and instruct the next generations on the rule of law and related issues, encouraging students to actively engage in the matter.
For Dominicans for Justice and Peace, this is a space to discover and share educational resources since Dominicans have a long and rich experience in, and concern for education.
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
This UNTOC COP, held annually, was established to improve the capacity of States Parties to combat transnational organized crime and to promote and review the implementation of this Convention.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace participates in these meetings to advocate for the creation and more efficient implementation of laws on human trafficking and forest and wildlife crime at the national levels.