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Expert in Human Rights of Persons in Custody; Criminal Investigation; Law Enforcement Services

Expert ID: 729879 Bosnia & Herzogovina

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Expert has over ten years of international work experience in the area of police investigation, law enforcement, police and prison reform issues as well as in project management. She is a criminal justice lawyer and was a police inspector who managed complex investigations of organized crime and international terrorism for 5 years and then moved to international organizations. In the capacities of consultant, advisor, independent expert and project development manager, she participated in prison reform (2005-2008), monitoring police stations and correctional facilities (2009-2012), law enforcement and ant-corruption related projects (2011-2012). Her experience extends to Bosnia and USA. Expert is an efficient organizer, critical thinker, analyst, researcher and effective communicator with extensive network in the area of justice and home affairs. Worked with EC, Council of Europe, USAID, CIDA and other bilateral donors, and international community organizations in BiH.

Ms. Expert has extensive experience in law enforcement services, working on criminal investigations and international terrorism. She served as a police inspector and was in charge of complex police investigations of terrorism, organized crime and corruption related cases.

She was nominated 4-year mandate (2010-2014) Independent Expert in the State Commission for monitoring and inspection of police stations and custodial facilities. Providing expertize and drafting recommendations on improvement of human rights of persons deprived of liberty and operations of police stations and correctional institutions on all levels in Bosnia.

She is currently working for an NGO as a consultant/researcher; drafting study on National Integrity System-Pillar on Law Enforcement Agencies; conducting research on success of corruption and money laundering investigation done by law enforcement agencies, and on independence, transparency and accountability of such agencies
Drafting recommendations and providing advises to law enforcement agencies on all levels in Bosnia for more efficient operation in investigation of mentioned crimes
Under the Council of Europe Project (Prison Reform), in the period of 2005-2008:
Provided assistance to international experts in: Introducing European and international standards of investigation of unusual incidents and allegations in custodial facilities; Introducing modern system of inspection of human rights and prisons operation; Primary research design of the model for risk and needs assessment of convicted persons
Provided technical assistance to Ministries of Justice and Ministries of Internal Affairs
Participated in drafting laws and by-laws on execution of criminal sanctions
Participated in final evaluation of the project
As an Independent Expert on EC funded project, in 2008, she provided assistance to the International Legal Expert in: the process of assessing the existing legislative framework, and drafting local Law on Labour introducing EU standards and principles (part of Law related to employment of convicted persons and those after release)
Prepared and organized series of focus groups interviews and company survey

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2011 Degree: MSc in Security Studies Subject: National Security Institution: University of Sarajevo, Faculty od Political Sciences
Year: 2000 Degree: MSc in Criminal Justice Subject: Criminal Law Institution: Faculty of Criminal Justice Sciences

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Expert Department: Human Rights Responsibilities: She is in charge of:
- Independent inspection of human rights of persons deprived of liberty and operations of police stations and correctional institutions (prisons and juvenile centres)
- Writing recommendations to state authorities on improvement of operation of police work and correctional institutions in respect of human rights, and introducing EU and international standards into local police and prisons operation
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: Public Interest Advocacy Center (USAID funded project) Title: Project Manager Department: NGO Responsibilities: - In coordination with ex Deputy Auditor General (state level), managing team of researchers in collection of data on public finance expenditure and creating public finance database
- Supervising overall planning and implementation of the project; managing project budget and taking part in fund-raising activities
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Trek Consulting, Greece (EC funded project) Title: Legal Key Short-term Expert Department: Employment Policy Reform and Establishment of Labour Information System in BiH Responsibilities: Providing assistance and advice to the International Legal Expert in:
- the process of assessing the existing legislative framework; and
- drafting local Law on Labour introducing EU standards and principles (part of Law related to employment of convicted persons and those after release)
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Council of Europe, Prison Reform Project Title: Project Development Manager Department: Responsibilities: - Providing expertise and assistance to international experts in introducing European and international standards of prisons operation into local system of execution of criminal sanctions
- In coordination with Seni, conducing survey of prisoners’ risk and needs assessment and activity planning
- Providing professional assistance to Ministries of Justice and Ministries of Internal Affairs re the treatment of persons deprived of liberty
- Supervising overall planning and implementation of the project
Years: 2000 to 2005 Employer: Federal Administration of Police Title: Police Inspector/Team Leader Department: Crime Police Section Responsibilities: - Team leading in operation activities and coordination among police bodies (law enforcement services) in investigation of organized crime and international terrorism (collecting and analyzing information on above mentioned crimes and their perpetrators; interviewing suspects and victims; physical execution of search warrants; arresting suspects and bringing them to prosecutor in charge)
- Police-prosecutor cooperation: carrying out all tasks and duties requested by prosecutor in charge and proscribed by Criminal Procedure Code-CPC
- Leading activities re drafting strategy for fight against organized crime and terrorism
- Providing assistance for investigation done by USA prosecutors and FBI in USA in 2002 and 2003
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Transparency International Title: Consultant/researcher Department: NGO Responsibilities: Preparation of the study on National Integrity System-Pillar on Law Enforcement Agencies Conducting research on success of corruption and money laundering investigation done by law enforcement agencies, and on independence, transparency and accountability of such agencies
Drafting recommendations and providing advises to law enforcement agencies on all levels in BiH for more efficient operation in investigation of mentioned crimes

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2000 to 2005 Agency: Federal Administration of Police Role: Police Inspector/Team Leader Description: - Investigation of organized crime and international terrorism
- Police-prosecutor cooperation
- Leading activities re drafting strategy for fight against organized crime and terrorism
Years: 2002 to 2003 Agency: US Department of Justice Role: Polce Inspector Description: - Providing assistance in criminal investigation done by USA prosecutors and FBI in USA in 2002 and 2003

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: USA, Illinois, Chicago Summary: On several occasions, she provided assistance to the US prosecutor and FBI office in criminal investigation and keeping evidence on criminal cases committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina which were tried in the USA.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
State Commission
Professional Appointments
Independent Expert
Awards / Recognition
US Attorney; US Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation; Several awards issued by local and international law enforcement bodies.
Publications and Patents Summary
She has three publications on human rights of persons in custody

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
She has been participated in trials of criminal procedure cases before the courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and USA as a police inspector.
Training / Seminars
- Seminar on Interviewing Techniques, USAID (Customs Training Team)
- Workshop on Police Training, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Workshop on Police Administration, RCMP
- Workshop on Regional Police Cooperation, RCMP
- Human Dignity course, UN Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
- Transitional course for police officers, UN Mission to BiH
- Standardized Police Report Writing Seminar, United States Department of
Justice – ICITAP
- Leadership Course in Counter-terrorism for Police Officers, Hungarian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs –International Training Center
- Aviation Security Management, US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic
Security, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program
- Workshop: The “New” War: 21st Century Conflict, George C. Marshall Center
for Security Studies, Germany
- Seminar on Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children, International
Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, Lyon, France
- Terrorism Threat to Europe - Conference, European Community and UK
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, London, UK
- Project management, ASEE, Training and Development

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Professional Usage
Arabic Good Knowledge
Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian/Montenegrin Mother tongue

Fields of Expertise

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