Caminos Derechos is an innovative program designed to recruit and train qualified, culturally competent,
bilingual graduates available to work in the criminal justice field. The shortage
of qualified applicants who speak English and Spanish places strain on existing criminal
justice system resources; and raises questions about the ability of the system to
respond to basic human needs and rights.
The Caminos Derechos program has a number of important goals and specific objectives to meet them.
Produce culturally competent graduates to work in the criminal justice field in the
Provide useful feedback and recommendations to Mid-South criminal justice and social
service agencies on the needs of the Mid-South Latino population.
Become relevant in the Mid-South as a credible source of information on Latino issues.
Become a clearinghouse of quality research on Latino issues living in the Mid-South,
especially on issues of crime.
Pursue opportunities to disseminate accurate information on Latino issues.
Participate actively in organizational meetings that deal with Latino issues.
Recruit and retain qualified bilingual undergraduate and graduate students to study
criminology and criminal justice.
Make these agencies aware of unique cultural and social issues among Latinos.
Offer meaningful constructive assistance and consulting on policies and procedures
Pay attention to events in the community and seek opportunities to serve the community.
Understand the Mid-South Latino community.
Depend on quantitative and qualitative data driven research.
Spend time in the community talking to neighborhood leaders, social service providers,
and members of the criminal justice community (i.e., law enforcement, courts, corrections).
Serve the Mid-South Latino community by providing quality information and resources
to create an improved understanding of American norms, social expectations, and laws.