Updated Sep 02, 2020CLOSED
Offered by U.S. Department of State
The juvenile rehabilitation system in Afghanistan currently consists of 33 Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers (JRCs), most of which are located in rented structures not intended to house juvenile offenders. Challenges to JRCs include limited educational, recreational and vocational programming, very limited utilization of alternative sanctions for eligible children in conflict with law, overcrowding, intermingling of pre-trial and convicted juveniles, crumbling infrastructure, underfunding, insufficient staffing, and severely limited recreational space. Devoting even minimal resources to juveniles now is more cost effective than addressing their potential criminal and insurgent activity as adults. Programming directed toward juveniles canimplant a sense of belonging and divert juveniles from criminal activity to lead more productive, peaceful livelihoods.
To address these problems, INL plans to support programming at the Herat Juvenile Rehabilitation Center (HJRC). HJRC houses the second largest population of juvenile offenders in Afghanistan, with a population of 75 to 150 children at one time. As one of only six purpose built juvenile rehabilitation centers in Afghanistan, HJRC has adequate space and infrastructure to support educational and vocational training programs. The goal of this program is to build the capacity of the Herat Juvenile Rehabilitation Center staff and improve juvenile offender’s accessto justice. The program will provide educational and vocational services to increase the juvenile offenders to successfully reintegrate back in to school or vocational programs upon release;employ social workers to advocate on juvenile justice issues, help mediate the child’s safe return to home, and conduct follow up interviews with families upon the release of the juvenile offender; and employ lawyers to assist inmates and detainees with appeals, defense cases, and earning early release.
|Reporting Requirements||Recipients are required to submit quarterly program progress and financial reports throughout the project period. Progress (SF-PPR and narrative) and financial reports (SF 424 and a detailed financial expenditure report) are due 30 days after the reporting period. Final certified programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.||REQUIRED|