One of the primary missions of the DOJ is to support the U.S. national security strategy in combating international terrorism and transnational crime. To accomplish this, the United States must have effective partners abroad. ICITAP—which is part of the DOJ's Criminal Division—uses its technical assistance and training expertise to reinforce the DOJ's national security and law enforcement objectives. The equation is straightforward: by helping to strengthen the rule of law and law enforcement capacity in foreign countries, ICITAP helps strengthen the security of the United States.
In designing and executing international law enforcement development programs, ICITAP often partners with other DOJ organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Marshals Service; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ICITAP also frequently joins forces with the DOJ's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT). Working together, ICITAP and OPDAT help host countries build integrity, professionalism, and accountability in the three pillars of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections.