Who We Are

Assistance programs managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in Afghanistan are designed to address critical and complex U.S. national security objectives amid one of the most difficult operating environments in the world. Within the context of broader U.S. interagency strategies on Afghanistan, INL’s objective is to assist the Afghan government to assume and sustain basic responsibility for combating illicit narcotics and providing rule of law…. Rule of law priorities include improving and expanding access to the state justice sector, increasing capacity, reducing corruption, and partnering with the Government of Afghanistan to develop a safe, secure, and humane Afghan corrections system that meets international standards and Afghan cultural requirements.

INL has worked hard alongside the Afghan government to implement comprehensive reforms with measurable achievements. Training, advising, exchanges and targeted programs have addressed key needs in counternarcotics and rule of law. Services once practically absent a decade ago now provide functional service to the Afghan people, with Afghans taking on an increasing leadership role.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Afghanistan:  

INL is the largest single provider of rule of law assistance in Afghanistan.  INL’s Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) is a nationwide criminal justice sector development program focused on institutional capacity building as well as training and mentoring in Kabul and key provinces.


(INL Guide to Justice Sector Assistance: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/222048.pdf)

A Primer for Practitioners

Tool to practical introduction to rule of law development in Afghanistan, cross-referencing training and educational support material.

Latest Report

Women's Access to Justice in Afghanistan: Since the fall of the Taliban in 2002, gains in women’s rights and access to justice in Afghanistan have been remarkable, yet women’s rights remain extremely limited.