ACCESO is an acronym for “Abogados Creativos Colaborando para Encontrar Soluciones Optimas” (“Creative Lawyers Collaborating to Find Optimal Solutions”).
Proyecto ACCESO is the rule of law skills training and public education program headquartered at California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Founded in 1998, Proyecto ACCESO has trained thousands of judges, prosecutors, public defenders, justice ministry officials, legal academicians, private lawyers, law enforcement agents, and community leaders in North, Central, and South America. ACCESO is a Spanish acronym for “Abogados Creativos Colaborando para Encontrar Soluciones Optimas” (“Creative Lawyers Collaborating to Find Optimal Solutions”).
Proyecto ACCESO develops curricula, facilitates skills building workshops, and trains legal professionals around the Americas. Working with local agencies, we create judicial innovations like oral trial training, DNA evidence, diversion and alternative sentencing regimes, computer forensics, indigenous problem-solving techniques, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to promote sustainable reforms. Proyecto ACCESO also creates, produces and distributes public education campaigns, popular music, documentary films, and children’s television programs to educate the general public about their rights and increase confidence in the administration of justice.
Proyecto ACCESO has been funded by and partnered with such diverse stakeholders as the Avery-Tsui Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Organization of American States, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Inter-American Development Bank, the German Government Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the United States Departments of Justice and State, U.S. Agency for International Development, various Latin American justice ministries, think tanks, universities, and national bar associations.