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
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.


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
Toluca
,
México
|
08/10/2018

With the financing of the European Union as one of the activities of the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, on October 1st  and 2nd  the Delegation of Costa Rica and Colombia, began an exchange of experiences on this subject in the State of Mexico.

The meeting was held in Toluca, State of Mexico, and its main objective was to learn about Restorative Justice practices developed in the three countries in order to sensitize and train judicial personnel and the community of the three countries.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
MEDELIN
,
Colombia
|
12/11/2017

Last Friday, November 10, the conference for the exchange of experiences on Restorative Justice ended in the city of Medellín, Colombia, with the participation of the Delegations of Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
MEDELLÍN
,
Colombia
|
11/11/2017

With European Union funding as one of the activities of the Regional Project Strengthening Restorative Justice, from 6th to 10th November, the Costa Rican Delegation of the Costa Rican Program on Restorative Justice began an exchange of experiences on this subject in Colombia.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
03/11/2017

Training visits and observation of good institutional practices on Restorative Justice are part of the initiatives developed during the Third Quarter of Execution of the Regional Project to Strengthen Restorative Justice. This program is directed by the Judicial Branch of Costa Rica, led by Judge Doris Arias Madrigal, President of the Criminal Cassation Chamber and financed by the European Union.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
México
,
México
|
20/10/2017

Recognized as a referential model for many countries in the region, the Costa Rican Criminal Restorative Justice System's and Juvenile Criminal Justice Program is presented this week before the Judicial Branch of the State of Mexico and specialists from Colombia.

The program is represented by Jovanna Calderón Altamirano of the Costa Rican Program, who is in charge of presenting before the Judicial Branch of the State of Mexico and the delegation of Colombia, the most relevant aspects about the experience of the project in our country.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union and Latin America & the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
06/09/2017

As part of the training session on the Regional Program to Strengthen Restorative Justice, judicial delegations from Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica visited the Legislative Assembly on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 6.

The main objective of the visit was to learn about the progress of the Restorative Justice Bill being processed under file No. 19,935.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union and Latin America & the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
06/09/2017

During the second training day, delegations from the Judicial Authorities of Mexico and Colombia visited the Costa Rican Judicial School in the Ciudad Judicial in San Joaquín de Heredia.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
04/09/2017

The Zurquí Youth Training Center was the scene of the closing ceremony of the training and observation visit on Restorative Justice in Costa Rica, which took place from September 4 to 8, with the participation of judicial authorities from Mexico and Colombia.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
31/08/2017

Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia refine work to execute the Regional Programme for Promoting Restorative Justice. The work includes the organisation and planning of observatory visits, so that countries involved present the best practices in this area. During the months of September, October and November, observatory visits will be undertaken. The first visit will be to Costa Rica.

ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Strengthening Restorative Justice
San José
,
Costa Rica
|
28/02/2017

Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia will strengthen the application of Restorative Justice in criminal and juvenile justice with greater emphasis on attention to vulnerable populations, approaching their territories, communities, respecting their worldview and their individuality.

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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