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Legal Socialization in Moldovan Schools
The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications from qualified Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Educational Institutions and other non-profit qualified organizations for a grant to implement a program entitled “Legal Socialization in Moldovan Schools.” The authority for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.
Moldova continues to face significant challenges due to a weak economy, widespread corruption, large-scale emigration, human rights protection concerns, and lack of public trust in institutions— all of which weaken the rule of law. Negative interactions between law enforcement and citizens and lack of fair and equal access to justice contribute to the perception that law enforcement authorities are institutions that primarily serve the State rather than the public. Law enforcement entities retain characteristics from the Soviet era, which limits interaction and trust between the community and police.
The United States has been working closely with Moldova to promote the implementation of law enforcement reforms. Recently there has been progress in promoting community-policing practices in Moldova, and police officers are in a unique position to be positive resources to parents and communities through youth-friendly activities that embrace prevention, corrective, and reparative processes and raise awareness among young people about common risks. Human rights-focused protection of vulnerable populations, including at-risk youth, juvenile offenders, juvenile crime victims, females, minorities, and residents of remote communities should serve as a foundation for law enforcement oriented activities to enhance trust.
To support further progress in Moldova, the U.S. Department of State has allocated $650,000 USD in FY 2016 Law Enforcement Reform Funds for a program to support Moldovan communities in preventing juvenile delinquency and raising awareness about civic rights through educational activities for Moldovan youth in coordination with Moldovan law enforcement. The activity will also help to facilitate a fundamental shift of thinking within the police, courts, and community towards restorative justice elements and raise awareness among Moldovan youth about widespread problems such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking in persons. INL is looking for creative and proactive community-based models that focus on bringing Moldovan communities and law enforcement together in the schools.
INL is currently seeking an organization with the requisite capability and experience to support Moldovan communities in preventing juvenile delinquency and raising awareness about community problems through educational activities for Moldovan youth in coordination with Moldovan law enforcement, thereby facilitating a fundamental shift of thinking within the police, courts, community, and educational system. The program will also help to build trust and increase the number of positive interactions between young people and police officers.
The legal socialization program will increase understanding between law enforcement professionals, educators, and students in secondary schools by combining a legal education curriculum, community-based activities, and workshops to raise awareness about civic rights and responsibilities, reduce juvenile crime, and protect the rights of young people.
Deadline: Dec. 21, 2018 (was Dec. 17)
Eligible organizations, may include: U.S. based nonprofit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or educational institutions having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or overseas based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or private/state educational institutions.
Award Ceiling: $650,000
Award Floor: $300,000