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United States Donates $225,000 to the OAS to Improve Justice Systems in the Americas

  February 6, 2013

The United States government today donated $225,000 to the Organization of American States (OAS) to support the activities of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric organization in Washington, DC.

“This contribution is an undeniable recognition of the work undertaken by the JSCA since its founding in 1999,” said the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony attended by the U.S. Ambassador to the organization, Carmen Lomellin.

“The JSCA’s mission has been to support the Member States of the OAS in their justice reform process, for which it has developed training programs, empirical studies and research, among other actions.”

The OAS leader said that the donation from the United States government would be used in three key areas: the formulation of comprehensive justice system studies and the development of innovative planning discussions on judicial reforms; the promotion of cooperation and exchange of experiences among key justice sector actors in the region: and the generation and dissemination of instruments to improve awareness of justice in the Americas.

For her part, Ambassador Lomellin highlighted the support of the United States to the work of JSCA in “the promotion of human rights and the rule of law” in the Americas, and added that the center for legal studies was created to give new impetus to the modernization of justice systems in the region.

The Executive Director of the JSCA, Cristián Riego, expressed his gratitude for the donation from the United States and said that, together with Chile and Canada, it is one of the nations that has given the most support to the institution. Moreover, he highlighted that in recent years the center has been working to deepen its ties to the Inter-American System of Human Rights.

The Ambassadors of Chile, Darío Paya; of Costa Rica, Edgar Ugalde; and the academic Douglas Cassel, former member of the Governing Board of the JSCA were all present at the ceremony.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-038/13