Applying alternative solutions to incarceration, promoting a more humane and equitable justice that provides opportunities to the most vulnerable populations.

COORDINATING INSTITUTION
Poder Judicial de Costa Rica
PARTNER INSTITUTION
Escuela Judicial” Rodrigo Lara Bonilla” – Colombia
Poder Judicial del Estado de México - Mexico
BENEFICIARIES
TOTAL BUDGET
1.029.182,6 €
EU CONTRIBUTION
722.692,02 €
DURATION
35 months (February 1st, 2017 - December 31, 2019)
CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
  • The "Proyecto de Mecanismos Alternos de Solución de Conflictos - MASC'' -Project for Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms-  led by the Judicial Power and the Vice-Ministry of Peace of Costa Rica and implemented between 2013 and 2014 thanks to the technical cooperation of the EUROsociAL I Programme, initiated a series of processes in this area which laid the foundation for the current project and which have been resumed and promoted during its implementation, highlighting the training of trainers and communication campaigns.


  • The Eurosocial II Programme, through a technical cooperation action in 2015, contributed to the building of the "Public Policy on Restorative Juvenile Justice in Costa Rica", led by the Judicial Power and the Vice-Ministry of Peace of Costa Rica. The Programme also drove activities in the area of promotion and capacity building that have been taken up and reinforced by the current project.


  • The Italian experience on restorative justice in criminal proceedings for minors (with special emphasis on serious crimes) was a reference during the project's development.


  • The project has carried out a study visit to Turin and Palermo with the aim of learning more about the Italian experience of restorative justice in criminal proceedings for minors involved in criminal organizations. This mission allowed to design concrete actions aimed at this vulnerable population. The RE.TE Association has supported the design and planning of the visit.


STUDY VISITS

    • Visita de estudio a Italia, en Turín y Palermo, para conocer experiencias italianas con enfoque restaurativo para el abordaje de delitos graves cometidos por personas menores de edad
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ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation
ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation

This project takes on the challenge of promoting restorative justice in criminal and juvenile justice, with a greater emphasis on attention to vulnerable populations. Getting closer to their territories, communities, respecting their worldview and their characteristics. Promoting the dialogue, damage repair and social reintegration, through awareness and training on Restorative Justice from the judicial powers of Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico, within the framework of the European Union’s international cooperation.

MAIN CONTRIBUTION, FROM THE PROJECT'S THEMATIC PERSPECTIVE

Goal 5.2

Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 5.2 by recognizing women's right not to be abused and to obtain justice and non-impunity, resolving the conflict in a restorative manner.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 5.5

Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 5.5 by creating and updating restorative justice modules aimed at ensuring women's effective participation in conflict resolution through the training of judicial officials and civil society as a whole.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 5.C

Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 5.C through the creation of action protocols (and the corresponding training of judicial staff and civil society for their use) in the field of restorative justice in criminal and juvenile justice with a gender perspective.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 16.3

Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 16.3 by promoting measures aimed at the prompt resolution of criminal legal conflicts and juvenile criminal conflicts, through an inclusive, collaborative process, based on dialogue and respect.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 16.6

Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 16.6 by strengthening the capacities of the participating public institutions.

Justification:

INDICATOR NOT RELEVANT FOR THE PROJECT

Goal 16.7

Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 16.7 by promoting Restorative Justice as an inclusive and participatory response to criminal and juvenile criminal conflicts, by directly and actively involving the accused person, the victim, and the community.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 16.10

Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 16.10 by disseminating the results derived from the introduction of restorative justice.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

CONTRIBUTION FROM A PARTICULAR PROJECT COMPONENT, COMPLEMENTARY TO THE MAIN TOPIC

Goal 1.3

Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 1.3 by introducing the principles of restorative justice, which lead to compensation for the damage caused to the victim and the community while acquiring the tools to live together in society away from the commission of crimes.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 1.B

Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA Project contributes to Target 1.B through the institutionalization of Restorative Justice as an alternative model to conflict, mainly in favour of the most disadvantaged population and with a strong impact on social peace.

Justification:

TARGET WITHOUT INDICATOR

CONTRIBUTION FROM CROSSCUTTING TOPICS

Goal 3.5

Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 3.5 by ensuring from the justice system that accused persons whose commission of crimes is linked to problem drug use can be given appropriate treatment, thereby improving health, personal life, family and society in general.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

Goal 10.2

By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

Justification:

The JUSTICIA RESTAURATIVA project contributes to Target 10.2 through technical support and the exchange of good practices between the Judicial Powers of Costa Rica, Colombia and the State of Mexico in order to give restorative justice a social inclusion approach.

Justification:

NOT SPECIFIED

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
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11/12/2019

The Strengthen Restorative Justice Regional Project, led by the Costa Rican Judiciary, which is being implemented in conjunction with the Colombian and Mexican Judiciaries, and financed by the European Union's ADELANTE Programme, started in February 2017 and ended yesterday with the presentation of the redesigned Restorative Justice website and the results report.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
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02/12/2019

On 13 November 2019, at the Centro Cívico para la Paz de Guararí, in Heredia, Costa Rica, the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice was presented to international representatives of the European Union's ADELANTE Programme.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
29/11/2019

As part of the actions developed by the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, which is financed by the European Union's ADELANTE Programme, the Magistrate of the Criminal Cassation Chamber Rafael Segura Bonilla presented, on 26 November 2019, the Restorative Justice campaign entitled: "Repairing is better than punishing".

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
Ciudad de México
,
México
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21/10/2019

During the week of 14-18 October 2019, the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice carried out, in the State of Mexico, a series of activities aimed at promoting the use of restorative mechanisms for the resolution of criminal and juvenile criminal conflicts in the Region.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
Bogotá
,
Colombia
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14/10/2019

Funded by the European Union, the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, led by Magistrate Rafael Segura Bonilla of the Criminal Cassation Chamber and Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Programme and implemented in conjunction with the Judicial Branches of Colombia and the State of Mexico, with the support of the ADELANTE Technical Assistance, teams up with the Higher Council of the Judiciary of the Judicial Branch and the Rodrigo Lara Bonilla School for the judiciary, both in Colombia, an

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
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10/10/2019

Delegations from the Judicial Power of Colombia, the State of Mexico and Costa Rica participated on 2 and 3 October 2019 in Costa Rica, with the financial support of the European Union, in a training session on Restorative Misdemeanor Justice, thus promoting the implementation of Costa Rica's Restorative Justice Law, which entered into force on 20 January 2019.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
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07/10/2019

Delegations from the Judicial Branch of Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica participated, on 2 and 3 October 2019, in Costa Rica, and with funding from the European Union, in a training on Restorative Misdemeanor Justice, thus promoting the implementation of Costa Rica's Restorative Justice Law, which entered into force on 20 January 2019.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
Puntarenas
,
Costa Rica
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30/09/2019

The Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, financed by the European Union, promotes the implementation of the Restorative Justice Law in Costa Rica by holding community meetings to provide information and raise awareness of new restorative processes.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
Bogotá
,
Colombia
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23/09/2019

The Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, financed by the European Union and coordinated by the Costa Rican Judicial Branch, provided training on the differential approach to caring for crime victims and prosecuting offenders through restorative justice in criminal and juvenile justice for civil society in Colombia. 

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
Toluca
,
México
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15/09/2019

The Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, funded by the European Union, with the support of Marisol Barboza Rodríguez of the Edgar Cervantes Villalta Judicial School of the Costa Rican Judicial Branch, held a workshop on the design of training for the restorative approach to issues involving indigenous people.

Past events

Nov 05 - 11, 2017
Bogotá, Colombia
Strengthening Restorative Justice

1st training and observatory visit as part of the project or Restorative Practices Programme in Colombia

Delegations from Costa Rica, the State of Mexico and from Colombia itself will participate:

  • Contextualisation of the socio-political situation in Colombia, through guided tours such as the tour of the Museum at the Rosario University in Bogotá
  • Presentation of the regulations...
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Oct 15 - 21, 2017
State of Mexico
Strengthening Restorative Justice

1st training and observatory visit as part of the project or Restorative Practices Programme in State of Mexico

Delegations from Costa Rica, Colombia, and the State of Mexico itself will participate:

  • Opening ceremony chaired by the President of Mexico’s Judiciary, with the participation of senior judicial figures, with internal and external press coverage
  • Presentation of the legal...
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Sep 04 - Oct 08, 2017
San José and Heredia, Costa Rica
Strengthening Restorative Justice

Costa Rica’s Restorative Justice Programme will share its experience with Colombia and Mexico

Delegations from Colombia and Mexico will meet in Costa Rica from 4th - 8th September, in order to learn about and share experiences regarding the Costa Rican model of the Criminal and Youth Criminal Restorative Justice Programme, as a model to be replicated in their countries.

The Regional...

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Sep 03 - 09, 2017
San José, Costa Rica
Strengthening Restorative Justice

1st training and observatory visit as part of the project or Restorative Practices Programme in Colombia

Participants from Mexico, Colombia and the Costa Rica delegation itself will share their experiences of Costa Rica’s Restorative Justice Programme, along with the national and international regulations and the institutional policies on which it is grounded.

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