To Impact

Especially when people are new to the UN, as staff or volunteers, figuring out how to operate effectively can be an enormous challenge. Our Members get access to essential basic training, a “UN 101” so volunteers and new representatives can shave years off their learning curve, and get to work on advocacy and policy issues better and faster.


Stay Updated

The work of the UN is always underway. The Alliance helps you stay abreast of the various stages of UNODC work, new initiatives, meeting deadlines, opportunities to attend formal sessions, and more. Sifting and sorting through the UN website is rarely the way to stay abreast of what is about to happen, when, or where!


Better Together

The Alliance creates a platform for NGOs to work together in the area of work on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. We network, learn from one another, share our strengths, and strengthen the voices that need to be heard.

The Mission of the Alliance

To bring together in one worldwide and multi-disciplinary coalition representatives of non-governmental organizations engaged in research, teaching, practice, advocacy and reform in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice.

To encourage scholarly, scientific and practical exchange and cooperation among the diverse NGOs engaged and interested in crime prevention and criminal justice throughout the world.

To foster worldwide criminal justice research, scholarship, education, training and advocacy within inter-governmental and governmental institutions as well as in academic and other public organizations and agencies.

To enhance the collective role of the Alliance members through cooperation among affiliated organizations with regard to programs, research projects, publications, conferences and other activities of mutual interest.

To encourage the flow of information and consultation among the international NGO community, the UN Secretariat, national UN delegations, and UN bodies responsible for international policies and programs for crime prevention and criminal justice, including the Centre for International Crime Prevention, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

To assist the UN in the identification of existing and emerging crime and justice issues, in the initiation of research studies and recommendations for action, and in supplying technical assistance in specific areas of Alliance competence.

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In Short, The Alliance…

  • Fosters humane policies, encouraging the development of effective crime prevention and criminal justice strategies and practices domestically and globally.
  • Encourages cooperation between members of the community of nations in addressing shared justice.
  • Advocates respect for the human dignity and the rights of crime victims as well as those accused of criminality; and
  • Works to advance the protection and restoration of the well being of all persons and communities affected by criminality.

Historical Context

New York

The Alliance was formed in 1972 as a coalition of major NGOs having consultative status with the United Nations and dedicated to crime prevention and criminal justice improvements. The Alliance subsequently broadened its membership to include selected NGOs not in consultative status with UN bodies, but actively interested in crime and justice. Organized at the instigation of William Clifford, the first Chief of the then Social Defense Section (now the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch) of the UN’s Economic and Social Council, the Alliance was chaired by G.O.W. Mueller of the New York University during its early years.

The Alliance has continued to evolve and has had active proponents in Vienna since the ’80’s where the UNODC is headquartered. Today the Alliance also has an international office in the San Francisco Bay Area helping connect members of the Alliance not headquartered in Vienna via online and blended meetings, the web-site and more.

Dr. Michael Platzer anchors the work “on the ground” in Vienna with UNODC and the Missions Dr. Karen Judd Smith spearheads the international office of the Alliance from California.

Past Board Members of the NY Alliance can be found here.*


As noted in a 2003 press release, “Since its inception, the Vienna Alliance has laid great emphasis on the elaboration and application of the UN minimum rules for justice administration. The Alliance was strongly involved in the elaboration of some of these standards, such as the “Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials”, drafted in 1987. The worldwide network of NGOs has made a significant contribution towards monitoring the implementation of standards.

“The NGO community has also contributed significantly to the formulation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols addressing trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and fire arms control. The work of the Alliance is strongly supported by the Austrian Ministry of Justice and by the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.”

*Note: This site has more history of the NY Alliance as the Alliance was founded in NY and this website was originally developed by the NY Alliance and later included the activities of those based in Vienna. It however does not fully represent the rich history of the Alliance of the ’70s and ’80s.

About the ALLIANCE

The Alliance is a transnational non-governmental platform for engaging relevant stakeholders on issues of crime prevention and criminal justice to advance human rights, peace and security through the rule of law and a culture of lawfulness.
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