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ZANG Armenian Legal Socialization Project
Country: Armenia
Dates: 02.09.2003 - 15.03.2013

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The ZANG Armenian Legal Socialization Project,  funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), inroduced legal education to Armenian schools and established collaboration between educators and law enforcement professionals who work with youth. In and out of school, the program encouraged cooperative partnerships between law enforcement, educators and community organizations for positive change in areas of public safety, crime prevention, and civic society development. Among its outstanding achievements, ZANG introduced legal education curriculum in schools, introduced new concepts for prevention and restorative justice approaches, raised awareness of the broader community about juvenile justice issues, and helped create Community Justice Centers in Armenia.

27.10.2012 | ZANG Program's CJC Youth and Their Mentors in Film Production Training

On Oct. 20-12, ten juveniles from the ZANG Program’s regional Community Justice Centers, along with their mentors selected from PH’s partner universities and the local communities, participated in an intensive social media training event in InterNews office, Yerevan. The training was designed and led by a team of young people, teenagers who are alumni of PH’s other youth programs – YouthLAB (Leadership Across Borders) Program, DOTCOM Program , most of whom are also currently acting as mentors for their regional peers within the PLAY (Promoting Leadership among Armenian Youth) Project funded through the U.S. Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund’s 2012 Annual Grants Competition.

26.10.2012 | Training for ZANG CJCs: Introduction to Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Conferencing
On August 25-27, within its ZANG Legal Socialization program, the Armenian office of PHI organized a training on victim-offender mediation/restorative conferencing for 30 participants of its 10 Community Justice Centers (CJC), a representative from the Social-Psychological unit of the Ministry of Justice and the psychologist from the Abovyan Penitentiary. Lori Baker, a specialist holding an MA degree on mediation and with years of experience on mediating and managing a Vermont-based CJC herself, was hired from the U.S. to design the training module and facilitate the training in Armenia.
26.10.2012 | ZANG Program Opened the 11th Community Justice Center in Armenia
On October 11, 2012 in cooperation with the Armenian Police and the “Family and Community” NGO in Metsamor, PH International opened the second CJC in Armavir region, with this extending the number of operating CJCs in Armenia to 11.
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06.09.2010 | A hiking Tour to Goshavanq and More
On August 15, the Vanadzor Community Justice Center (CJC) team organized a hiking event for the CJC kids. The hiking program included visits to Goshavanq, meaning Monastery of Gosh named after famous Armenian scholar and priest Mkhitar Gosh, and the geological museum located in the village of Gosh and a nice picnic by the lake next to the village. In addition to the Vanadzor CJC juveniles, active SRB (School-Based Reparative Boards) members of Vanadzor secondary school # 5, as well as the CJC volunteers and partners participated in the event. The Vanadzor CJC team members facilitated discussions on offences and different types of punishment based on the code of laws written in the 12th century in the code of laws by Mkhitar Gosh and compared it to the modern criminal code of Armenia. The highlights of the day were trustful and friendly relationship observed between one of the offenders undergoing the CJC reparative process and the victim who suffered from the offence and who was also invited to hike with the group. Also, the CJC kids and the SRB members decided to make a film using one of the fables of Mkhitar Gosh. The film making idea created a great opportunity to develop long-term collaboration among the participants of the hiking event.

15.01.2010 | ZANG Community Justice Centers
Throughout 2006-2010, within the framework of the Armenian National Program for Child Protection of Juvenile Police, PH International in close collaboration with the Armenian Police has been implementing the Community Justice Centers’ project for Armenian juveniles. Six Community Justice Centers (CJC) currently operate in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Alaverdi, Ijevan and Chambarak. Through active partnerships among law enforcement officials, juvenile service programs, the community and youth the CJCs implement restorative justice programming for juvenile offenders of non-violent crimes. The activities of the CJCs aim to reduce youth delinquency and crime, and support public safety. To date, 356 juveniles were referred to the CJCs and the majority of youth undergoing the ZANG CJC reparative process showed significant changes in their behavior along with better attendance and performance at school as reported by their parents and teachers. One of the recent highlights of the ZANG program was the acknowledgement letter received from the director of the Chambarak Library:
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