Our Mission


As the primary conduit for U.S. Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan’s criminal justice system, the Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) provides advisor management services in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in implementing its National Justice Sector Strategy and National Justice Plan to:

    1. develop an institutionalized, legitimate, and transparent nationwide criminal justice system staffed with skilled professionals who provide equitable enforcement and fair, efficient adjudication of constitutionally adopted laws, from arrest through trial and/or release from prison;

    2. advocate due process and women’s rights;

    3. improve public awareness of laws;

    4. enhance the traditional justice system; and

    5. increase access to justice to build demand and use of the formal justice system for criminal disputes.

This includes assistance to the Afghan institutions responsible for the criminal justice system including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, and the Supreme Court. It also incorporates the provincial and district offices of these institutions, as well as other governmental and non-governmental entities that interact with the broad criminal justice system. 

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.