Promoting Judicial Independence and Transparency in Latin America

Washington, DC, United States of America
$151,000
over 2 years
2013
Project Locations: 
Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala
Project Goals: 

The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) was established in 1996 by members of the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador to strengthen national judicial systems in Latin America. DPLF seeks to strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights through applied research, strategic alliances with and technical assistance for non-governmental organizations and judicial authorities in the region, along with outreach to key decision makers. The DPLF created and supports the Central American Regional Network for Judicial Independence and testifies at hearings on threats to judicial independence held by the Organization of American States, the United Nations and national legislatures and judiciaries.

This grant supports DPLF's efforts to monitor judicial independence and transparency in Central America, Ecuador and Bolivia and to propel decision makers to act to reduce the impact of undue interference in judicial independence, conducting outreach around key situations and events to promote change. DPLF also hopes to empower the voices of civil society organizations that work on issues of transparency by facilitating connections and learning between groups. The Due Process of Law Foundation sees that the defense of judicial independence and identifying and rooting out corruption are key to improving citizen confidence in the judiciary and respect for the rule of law.

Project Director: 
Mirte Postema
(202) 462-7701