U.S. Embassy Organizes “Role of Women in Justice” Conference

Today U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour opened the “Role of Women in Justice” conference in Yerevan.  The conference was organized by the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office with the goal of bringing together Armenian judges, lawyers, investigators, and law enforcement personnel to discuss cultural obstacles in the justice system and how to ...
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Armenian Investigators Attend 2018 Chiefs of Police Conference

A group of INL-sponsored Armenian investigators from the Investigative Committee (IC) and State Revenue Committee (SRC) attended the largest annual law enforcement gathering in the world – the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference – in Orlando from October 6-9.  In addition to networking with U.S., Georgian, and Kosovar counterparts, the Armenian delegation held ...
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U.S. Embassy donates evidence examination tools to National Bureau of Expertises

To help Armenian experts extract, preserve, and analyze electronic forensic materials, ensuring fairer trials, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan recently donated more than $17,000 worth of digital evidence examination software and tools to the Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences National Bureau of Expertises (NBE). Organized by the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement ...
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Partnership between prison authorities in Colorado and Armenia continues

In June, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan brought instructors from the Colorado Department of Corrections’ International Corrections Management Training Center (ICMTC) to Armenia to share best practices on managing prisons. This is just the latest part of an on-going exchange of ideas between the authorities in Colorado and their peers in Armenia. In November-December 2017, ...
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New INL Project to Support Female and Juvenile Inmate Rehabilitation

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan launched a new project to provide managerial and specialized technical support to the Abovyan prison for women and juveniles.  The six-month project titled “The Abovyan prison: Establishing the Culture of Transparency, Efficiency and Rehabilitation” will be implemented by Civil Society ...
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Armenian Delegation attends OSCE 18th Counter-Trafficking-in-Persons Alliance Conference

On April 23-24, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored an Armenian delegation of ten representatives from key stakeholder organizations to attend the 18thAlliance against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conference organized by the OSCE in Vienna. This year’s event focused on promoting inclusive partnerships to further enhance the coherence ...
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INL Sponsors DHS Financial Investigations Training

From April 17-20, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored a series of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trainings, led by Homeland Security Investigations special agents, for Armenian investigators, Financial Intelligence Unit staff, prosecutors, and judges. The course focused on investigations and prosecutions of financial crimes, offering participants updates ...
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Organizational Psychology Seminar for Justice Sector

The head of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office, Dr. Shannon Behaj, recently presented a seminar at Armenia’s Justice Academy.  She introduced the concepts of organizational psychology, including motivation, diversity, procedural justice, and leadership in organizations to leaders from the Justice Academy, Prosecutor General’s Office, Investigative Committee, Special Investigation Service, and ...
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New INL Armenia Justice Academy Anticorruption and Human Rights Curriculum Development Project

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan recently launched a new project to support sustainable curriculum development for training Armenia’s investigators, prosecutors, and judges.  The one-year cooperative agreement, implemented by the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) with Yerevan State University, will support the Armenian Justice ...
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Promoting Women’s Role in Law Enforcement

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Bureau recently sent a delegation of 10 Armenian women working in law enforcement to attend the 7th annual Women in Police Conference, hosted by the INL office at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. This was an opportunity for female officers to network and exchange ideas ...
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Joint INL and DEA Advanced Narcotics Investigation Course

Yerevan, Armenia — The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office sponsored an advanced narcotics investigation course led by officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Yerevan on February 5-9, 2018.  Representatives from four Armenian law enforcement agencies participated in this five-day course, which included case studies and tabletop exercises on ...
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U.S. Trains Armenian Legal Experts on Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office, together with a visiting delegation of U.S. Homeland Security agents, trained Armenian judges, prosecutors, and investigators on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and investigation November 27 – December 1, 2017. The training highlighted the link between IPR and transnational organized crime and national security, with ...
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New INL Armenia Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) Project for Juvenile Justice

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, on November 13, 2017, launched a new project to support juvenile justice.  The one-year Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) cooperative agreement, implemented by Project Harmony, will support community-oriented social justice through positive interactions between youth and law enforcement officials. ...
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Embassy Sends Delegation on Open World Judicial Exchange

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan selected four Armenian participants for an Open World Exchange Program focused on the Judicial System in the United States.  INL also helped develop the program, which took place in Washington, DC, and Norfolk, Virginia.  The delegation included a public defender, the ...
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U.S. Embassy’s INL Office Sponsors Armenian Delegation to the International Corrections and Prisons Association Conference

From October 22 to 27, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan sponsored the participation of two representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Justice to attend the 19th Annual International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Conference in London. The annual conference is the largest international gathering of its ...
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INL-FBI-Justice Academy Partnership: Social Media and Open Source Investigations Training

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan organized a three-day training on social media and open source investigations for investigators from the Special Investigative Service, Investigative Committee, and National Security Service, and for representatives from the Ministry of Justice.  This collaborative effort utilized Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...
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Serving the Leaders of Today, Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow – INL Supports Armenian Delegation to International Association of Chiefs of Police

October 21-24, 2017, the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) supported a delegation of senior Armenian investigators to participate in the 124th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference. The IACP is an organization that shapes the law enforcement profession, develops law enforcement leaders, and provides educational and ...
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INL Anti-Corruption Training for Armenian Ministry of Justice and Prison Staff:

INL enlisted experts from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MPSCS) and from the U.S. Department of Justice to deliver anti-corruption training in Yerevan.  The training sought to bolster Armenia’s capabilities to identify, investigate, and prevent corruption in correctional institutions and was delivered in two phases – both phases combining practitioners and ...
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U.S. Officials Donate Legal Books to Armenia’s Justice Academy

On August 30, officials from the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and visitors from the U.S. State Department met with officials from Armenia’s Justice Academy.  The U.S. delegation donated several boxes of legal books to the Academy’s library. Justice Academy Rector Sergei Arakelyan welcomed the U.S. selegation, which included representatives of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau ...
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Wisconsin’s Latest Export: Public Defender Expertise SPD and INL Assisting Armenia Public Defenders

(Madison) The Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) is lending its expertise to strengthen the public defense system of the Republic of Armenia.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the SPD’s involvement continues the agency’s track record of assisting public defense programs operating in other jurisdictions ...
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U.S. offers Armenian law enforcement best practices in counter-narcotics

Armenian law enforcement officers learned new counter-narcotics skills in a recent course offered jointly by the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In May 2017, two officers from the Armenian Police’s Counter-Narcotics Unit traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia, to participate in an advanced information ...
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Armenian judicial system reform in focus on study trip

To highlight best practices and build their international professional network, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan sent five Armenian judges to the U.S. in April 2017 for an Open World Exchange Program study tour. The group of judges made stops in Washington, D.C., and Shreveport, LA. The state of Louisiana was chosen because of its unique ...
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Prosecutors, investigators receive international anti-corruption training

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL) sponsored four staff from Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor General and one member of the Special Investigative Service to attend an anti-corruption training conference organized by the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in April 2017. CEELI provided a comprehensive five-day ...
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Embassy hosts alumni from Women in Policing conferences

Over the past five years, more than 60 women from the Armenian police and the Investigative Committee have participated in the annual Women in Policing (WIP) Conference in Georgia with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL). The conference empowers, inspires, and educates female police officers and law enforcement ...
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Embassy helps train investigators on cases involving minors

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL) funded a six-week training session for Armenian law enforcement focused on best practices in investigations for cases involving minors, from March-May 2017 for investigators of the Investigative Committee (IC). Through the training, 21 investigators have become experts on juvenile rights and crimes issues unique to ...
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