Judge Rogelio Flores conducts a training in Nuevo Leon, Mexico
NADCP and CICAD Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Judge Rogelio Flores will travel to Spain to advance international Drug Treatment Courts
In early February, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), an agency of the Organization of American States, signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding “to promote Drug Treatment Courts and other alternatives to incarceration for Drug-Dependent offenders in the Americas.”
The Memorandum of Understanding memorialized a partnership that has already helped establish Drug Treatment Courts in Chile, Brazil and most recently Mexico. Under the agreement, NADCP and CICAD will advance the growing interest and implementation of Drug Treatment Courts in the Americas through, in part, regular consultations, mutual support training and technical assistance for new and existing Drug Treatment Courts and the establishing of international partnerships.
To aid in this effort, Judge Rogelio Flores, presiding judge of the Santa Maria Substance Abuse Treatment Court (Drug Court) and NADCP board member, will travel to Lugo, Spain to participate in CICAD’s Drug Summit for European, Latin American and Caribbean mayors and cities. Judge Flores’ vast national and international experience will be on display as he highlights the principles of Drug Courts as an alternative to incarceration. Last year, Judge Flores spoke at a similar conference in Santiago, Chile where he helped build a relationship with a delegation from Mexico working on establishing the country's first Drug Court. Several months later, Judge Flores, Judge Mike Kavanaugh, Judge Marie Baca, Dr. Doug Marlowe and Mike Loeffler, with the support of and in partnership with the Department of State and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, helped train the Nuevo Leon Drug Court which launched late last year.
“I am honored to have been asked to represent the NADCP at the upcoming Summit,” said Judge Flores. “As a native Spanish-speaker, I look forward to carrying our positive message of hope and recovery to all who need to hear it. Being a Drug Court judge for almost 15 years has been the highlight of my judicial career. Sharing the vision of the NADCP internationally has truly been a wonderful experience.”
“NADCP is extremely fortunate to have Judge Flores as an ambassador for Drug Courts throughout the world,” said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. “With over 2,400 Drug Courts now operating in the United States, and another forty programs in operation in over twenty countries, there is widespread international interest in establishing Drug Court programs that will reduce substance abuse and crime while saving valuable resources . The coordinated efforts represented in the new MoU between NADCP and CICAD will continue this trend while promoting the fact that all countries can ensure their criminal justice system is reducing the worldwide demand for illegal drugs by establishing Drug Treatment Courts."
The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) was established by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1986 as the Western Hemisphere's policy forum on all aspects of the drug problem. Each member government appoints a high-ranking representative to the Commission, which meets twice a year. CICAD promotes regional cooperation and coordination among OAS member states through action programs, carried out by CICAD's Executive Secretariat, to:
- Prevent and treat substance abuse;
- Reduce the supply and availability of illicit drugs;
- Strengthen national drug control institutions and machinery;
- Improve money laundering control laws and practice;
- Develop alternate sources of income for growers of coca, poppy, and marijuana;
- Assist member governments to improve their data gathering and analysis on all aspects of the drug issue, and
- Help member states and the hemisphere as a whole measure their progress over time in addressing the drug problem.
Learn more at www.cicad.oas.org
Ambassador James Mack, Executive Director of CICAD signs MoU with West Huddleston and Judge Flores of NADCP
Judge Rogelio Flores, Dr. Anna Chisman, Ambassador James Mack and West Huddleston