The Transition Training Team operation was nationwide and operated in eastern, southern and western provinces including Badghis, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Logar, Nimroz, and Paktika in Afghanistan.
T3 was a component of the Justice Sector Support Program Regional Section (JSSP-R). It was a mobile training team which focused on bringing Rule of Law seminars and opportunity mentoring to the outlying regions throughout the country, outside the range of the other JSSP regional teams. It traveled to those provinces and districts which requested Rule of Law training. All the training was conducted by local Afghan lawyers in the native language of the region: Dari or Pashto. The team consisted of three international lawyers, Justice Advisors (JA); four Afghan lawyers, National Legal Advisors (NLA); three Afghan legal translators (LT) and an administrative assistant. Each training team consisted of one JA, one NLA and one LT. T3 initiated its work in December 2011 and started teaching in January 2012. T3 provided short –term customized seminars based on training needs identified in collaboration with local justice officials and international civilian and military Rule of Law actors.
T3 drew from a wide-ranging curriculum from anti-corruption law to witness interviews. The most requested subjects included anti-corruption, case management system (CMS), constitutional law, criminal procedure, critical thinking, ethics, evidence, family law, hierarchy of laws, Law Eliminating Violence Against Women (LEVAW), penal code, roles of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, search and seizure, and trial practice.
T3 provided training to 1054 justice officials and community leaders, including 113 judges, 182 prosecutors, 181 police, 13 defense attorneys, and 565 community leaders. Community leaders included provincial council members, teachers, tribal elders, etc.
In each area T3 taught, the response was overwhelmingly positive. There was always a request for additional training. The following quotes are examples of some of the responses:
“You are bringing the light. We have been away from the law for 35 years. We have spent three decades in tribal fighting pulling the trigger. We are thirsty for the enforcement of these laws. Keep coming to let us know about Afghan Laws and Afghan Rules. . . . Whatever we learn, we will keep in our minds forever.” Chief Elder of the Shura, Kajaki, Helmand, October 2012.
“When I came here, it was like I was travelling down a dirt road and as I leave, I feel like I am flying down a highway.” CID officer, Apr, 2012.
“As we need water to drink, we need the kind of training JSSP has provided in Nimroz.” Nimroz Provincial Governor, July 2012
In February 2013, the T3 Mobile Team completed its operations. Over the 14 months of its operations, T3 brought Rule of Law education to remote and dangerous provinces. The team was subjected to rocketing and other dangers while operating. Notwithstanding the challenges, the team was heartened by the response it received. Local justice officials who helped coordinate the training reported that T3 seminar attendees were coordinating better with their counterparts and performing much better at investigating cases. All justice sector counterparts expressed overwhelming gratitude to JSSP for its contributions to strengthening the rule of law in the provinces. JSSP mobile operations were handed over to IDLO on 7 February 2013.
US Military Rule of Law Field Force – Afghanistan (ROLFF-A), NATO Military Rule of Law Field Support Mission (NROLFSM) and Regional/Platform and district level Rule of Law advisors from the US Department of State and its implementers (i.e., USAID).