ICITAP frequently joins forces with the Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT). The goal of this unique partnership is to employ a comprehensive approach to bring about reform. Working together, ICITAP and OPDAT help host countries build integrity, professionalism, and accountability in the three pillars of criminal justice: police, prosecutors/courts, and corrections.
One of the primary missions of the Department of Justice is to support the U.S. national security strategy in combating international terrorism and transnational crimes, such as trafficking in persons, organized crime, public corruption, money laundering, narcotics, cybercrime, and intellectual property violations. To accomplish this, the United States must have effective partners abroad; as Justice Department entities working overseas, ICITAP and OPDAT play an important role in developing strong relationships with foreign criminal justice institutions.
ICITAP and OPDAT justice-sector technical assistance and training partnerships are designed to:
- Promote democratic principles and respect for human rights
- Support U.S. national security interests
- Reduce transnational crime and corruption
- Enhance the ability of police and judicial institutions to combat terrorism