International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

ICITAP has contributed to our national security by building law enforcement capacity and strategic partnerships worldwide since 1986.
ICITAP has contributed to our national security by building law enforcement capacity and strategic partnerships worldwide since 1986.


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The International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives.

Situated in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, ICITAP works in close partnership with and receives funding for its programs from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

ICITAP programs are designed in partnership with the host countries, and program implementation methods include on-the-ground, pre-program assessments; program planning, management, and review; curriculum development; classroom training, seminars, and workshops; internships; equipment donations; donor coordination; and on-the-job training and mentoring provided by embedded long-term advisors.

In the News

ICITAP Celebrates Thirty-Seventh Anniversary of Developing Law Enforcement Capacity Around the World

January 6, 2023

On January 6, ICITAP celebrated its 37-year anniversary. Since January 6, 1986, ICITAP has strengthened national security by advancing U.S. law enforcement operations abroad through training, mentoring, and technical assistance in 112 countries worldwide. As a result of Congress passing legislation in 1985 to expand a waiver to Section 660 to include “programs to enhance investigative capabilities conducted under judicial or prosecutorial control,” Section 534(b)(3) of the Foreign Assistance Act authorized the establishment of ICITAP in 1986. ICITAP was funded at $1.52 million for its first year – and was located in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General for the next six – to help gain prosecution in key human rights cases in El Salvador and to bolster the criminal investigative capacity of Latin American security forces. Since 1993, ICITAP has been a member of the Criminal Division family. For ICITAP’s historical milestones since 1986, go to:  Thanks to all members of the ICITAP family across the globe for relentlessly and courageously supporting ICITAP’s mission over these past 12 months (and since 1986)!

Ukraine: ICITAP Participates in International Forensics Conference in Kyiv Focused on War Crimes During Missile Attack

December 16, 2022

On December 16, the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice hosted its fourth annual international conference on advances in forensic science.  This year’s theme was “Current Issues of Forensic Expertise, Criminalistics, and Criminal Procedure,” and was held virtually because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The war-crimes focused conference had presentations from the Ukrainian President’s Office, Ministry of Justice, National Police, State Security Service, State Broder Guard Service, and other Ukrainian government, scientific, and academic officials.  International participants included the United Nations, INTERPOL, the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, and twenty nations as diverse as Brazil, Greece, Botswana, and Switzerland. Representing the United States was the Kyiv-based ICITAP Mission Advisor (bottom photo). Within minutes of the opening comments, Kyiv and several other cities in Ukraine were attacked by Russian missiles and explosive drones.  After Kyiv-based participants sought safety in bomb shelters and hardened offices, the Conference organizers announced, “Not even 100 Russian missiles will stop our work” and continued the conference.  Unfortunately, due missile damage, power outages and communication problems, several presenters were not able to rejoin. Nevertheless, the conference proceeded on, with the ICITAP Mission Advisor providing opening comments on behalf of the Department of Justice.  For the remainder of the day, fascinating and pertinent presentations on crime scene management, trace evidence on explosives and missile components, DNA, stenography (codes hidden in images), anthropology, body 3D imaging for identification, and many other war-crimes related topics were presented. The closing comments by conference host were profound and dramatic, exemplifying the incredible resilience and courage of the Ukrainian people. In Ukraine, ICITAP works with the support of the Department of State, Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN).

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Gregory Ducot
Director, ICITAP


Arturo Venegas
Principal Deputy Director

Nicole Whitaker
Deputy Director


ICITAP Direct Line
(202) 305-8190

Department of Justice Main Switchboard
(202) 514-2000