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Programs to Support Legal Socialization Reform in Georgia
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 qualified organizations for a Grant/Cooperative Agreement to implement a program entitled “Programs to Support Legal Socialization Reform in Georgia.” The authority for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.
While official responsibility for juvenile crime prevention is in the hands of the Georgian police, very little training is provided to them for their work in restorative justice with juveniles. Experience shows that police can be an important resource in conveying critical knowledge and skills that are necessary for adolescents to become lawful citizens and can serve as community assets that help keep youth out of trouble. Police are also in a unique position to be positive resources to parents and communities through youth friendly activities that embrace prevention, corrective and restorative processes. This has not been the traditional role of policing in Georgia, but the police have demonstrated willingness to reform in this area over the past four years.
Different research sources indicate that formal legal punishment as a sole or primary deterrent is ineffective, particularly among youth, and can lead to a high incidence of recidivism as opposed to rehabilitation. In order to bring about a decrease in juvenile crime among Georgian youth, as well as a fundamental shift within the police, courts, and community towards restorative justice elements, a proactive and community-based approach must be carried out. INL is looking for nontraditional models that focus on bringing Georgian communities together, such as adolescents, parents, teachers, and other professionals operating in child education and protection agencies.
The State Department sees this as an opportunity to continue providing assistance and guidance in community-oriented social justice models geared towards improving and establishing positive interactions between the community and law enforcement officials. In order to bring about a fundamental shift within the police, courts, and community towards restorative justice elements, INL is looking for creative and pro-active community-based models that focus on bringing Georgian communities and police together.
INL is currently seeking an organization with the requisite capability and experience to support Georgian communities in preventing juvenile delinquency through social justice activities for Georgian youth in coordination with the Georgian Police, and continuing to affect a fundamental shift of thinking within the police, courts, and community towards restorative justice elements. INL is currently seeking a recipient to provide prioritized attention to as many of the following key objectives as possible. Note that special consideration will be given to creative non-traditional program methods. Grantee should demonstrate how proposed strategies and community-based alternative justice programs will build on existing alliances with police, judicial and other relevant structures for the sustainable adoption and expansion of the current alternative juvenile justice best models and practices.
Deadline: July 8, 2017
Areas of Interest
- Objective 1: Develop an overarching program strategy for mitigating juvenile delinquency through legal socialization program activities, including developing strong, positive relationships between law enforcement, secondary school students, and local communities.
- Objective 2: Assist Georgian law enforcement to develop and expand strategies that incorporate and support community policing as a juvenile justice approach and increase the capacity of police in primary and secondary crime prevention programs.
- Objective 3: Develop and implement program activities to raise legal awareness among communities and address such problems as trafficking in persons, domestic violence, bulling, cyber security and cybercrime.
Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S. based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in Georgia and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in Georgia, if required by the country of project implementation.
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $100,000