Approximately 31 percent of the global prison population is currently serving under a pretrial detention status. In the Dominican Republic, that figure is well above the average at 70 percent. In many cases, pretrial detainment and preventive prison are political tools used to silence opponents critical of regimes that have adopted hardline authoritarian tactics.
Through education, awareness-raising, and policy advocacy, we aim to promote a transparent and fair justice system in the DR and bring accountability to international criminal justice and humanitarian violations.
Our mission is to raise awareness so that we can end the excessive use of preventive detention in the Dominican Republic.
About the Hispanic Leadership Fund
The Dominican Justice Initiative is a project of the Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF). HLF is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by advancing commonsense public policy solutions that advance our fundamental principles of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity.
HLF advocates on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, before regulatory agencies and in court, to promote its core principles and work with legislators to defend and strengthen the American Dream.