OPDAT and Its Funders
OPDAT was created in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1991 in response to the growing threat of international crime. OPDAT's mission is to assist prosecutors and judicial personnel in other countries develop and sustain effective criminal justice institutions. OPDAT's programs are funded and authorized by interagency agreements between OPDAT and these U.S. government (USG) partners:
U.S. Department of State - The majority of OPDAT programs are funded by the State Department whose mission is to "advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - "USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State [and] supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance."
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - "The MCC focuses specifically on promoting sustainable economic growth to reduce poverty through investments in areas such as transportation, water and industrial infrastructure, agriculture, education, private sector development, and capacity building."