The U.S. Department of Justice recently supported a conference held in Tsakhkadzor for victims of domestic violence, a horrific problem in Armenia.
Via US Embassy in Armenia
On April 16, U.S. Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch opened a conference organized by the United States Department of Justice on “Support for Victims and Successful Prosecution of Domestic Violence” in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. Three American prosecutors and one U.S. police official participated in the two-day event: Prosecutor Steven Kessler (US Embassy, Yerevan), Prosecutor Arlene Markarian (Brooklyn, New York), Prosecutor Wanda Lucibello (Brooklyn, New York), and Sergeant Harout Bouzikian (Glendale, California). Presentations were also made by Jina Sargizova, the National Project Coordinator of “Combating Gender-based Violence in the South Caucuses” of the UN Population Fund, Vahan Asatryan of the International Center for Human Development, and Davit Khachaturyan of the US Department of Justice. Armenian Members of Parliament, judges, prosecutors, police, representatives from the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, and experts from civil society organizations attended the conference.