Our work

Since 1998 Proyecto ACCESO has advised governments and trained legal professionals, change activists, community leaders and judges in a number of judicial innovations to facilitate the transition to oral trials and introduced the use of DNA evidence, computer forensics, probation programs, alternative sentencing (salidas alternativas), drug treatment courts, and other alternatives to incarceration for drug offenses.  


We have also been involved in helping create new Constitutions in the region.  In 2007 and 2008, Proyecto ACCESO worked with the Presidential Representation for the Constituent Assembly in Bolivia (REPAC) to create a public education campaign about the Constituent Assembly, convened to create the New Political Constitution for the Plurnational State of Bolivia.  


In 2005, Proyecto ACCESO advised Los Pinos, Mexico’s White House, on how to best transition toward oral trials and other transparent criminal procedures. 


In 2006, Proyecto ACCESO partnered with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany to educate Bolivian community leaders about fair trade.  


Proyecto ACCESO works directly with governments, law enforcement agencies, international aid agencies, regional development institutions, bar associations, law schools, and community groups to provide cutting edge legal skills to aid in the administration of justice and sustainable development.  Here are some examples of our work:


Through 2014 and 2015, prosecutors from the Fiscalia Nacional de Chile have traveled to San Diego to participate in the Trial Skills Academy, produced by ACCESO Capacitación.  


In 2013, Proyecto ACCESO worked with the East West Management Institute on a USAID contact to train public defenders in Ecuador.


In 2007, Proyecto ACCESO worked with the California Peru Council, the Ministry of Justice of Peru, and the Colegio de Abogados de Lima to train public defenders in Lima and Callao.


Since 2004, Proyecto ACCESO has co-sponsored a yearly post-graduate certificate program on the rule of law in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Paraguay with the University of Heidelberg and Universidad de Chile, and, at times, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Ministry of Justice of Chile, Universidad Naciónal Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), and Universidad Católica de Argentina (Paraná). 


In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Proyecto ACCESO has partnered with the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy at California Western School of Law to produce an annual National Moot Court Competition for Mexico.  Other co-sponsors have included Centro de Estudios Miguel Carbonell and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.