In 2005, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) established the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP).
The early years of the program focused primarily on building police and prosecutor capacity, and in strengthening the Attorney General’s Office. JSSP’s regional program, originally designed to focus on training, mentoring, and quick impact projects, expanded to include deploying teams of experienced prosecutors to work at the provincial level to improve police and prosecutor skills through a formal training program of academic instruction and practical exercises followed by in-service mentoring.
JSSP grew to encompass training, mentoring, and institutional strengthening for justice ministries in Kabul and all 34 provinces. Throughout that time, the training and mentoring that took place reached over 14,000 justice actors throughout Afghanistan. The model for impacting Afghanistan’s justice sectors through JSSP programming is rooted in a strong emphasis on legal education training programs, post-training mentoring, and advisory services.
As one of over 140 participants in justice sector reform and capacity building in Afghanistan, JSSP, together with its Afghan partners, plays a critical role in developing and strengthening the rule of law and the criminal justice system in Afghanistan.
The charts below represent the numbers of Afghan and international advisors who work with JSSP.