International Delegation Visits the Family Justice Center
Family Justice Center of Alamance County | May 2014
Burlington, NC – Most ideas are not original and programs are often developed based on successful initiatives from other communities. A group of international visitors from six countries took this concept to another level by traveling halfway around the world to learn more about the domestic violence programs offered in the United States.
The Family Justice Center of Alamance County hosted six women from Armenia, Burkina Faso, Israel, Malaysia, Sudan, and Uganda who are visiting the United States as part of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This program was created to:
- Promote an appreciation for the rule of law and fair, transparent, accessible and independent judiciaries around the world;
- Recognize and address the global problem of violence against women and women’s lack of access to justice;
- Create linkages among professionals in the legal field working to promote international cooperation in strengthening women’s access to justice.
This year’s theme is Women and Justice.
The delegation, whose countries have varying levels of response to domestic violence, came to Alamance County to tour the Family Justice Center, observe the Electronic Protective Order System and learn about domestic violence programs offered in Alamance County. Cindy Brady, Director of the Family Justice Center, Susan Osborne, Director of the Department of Social Services, Cary Crawford, Family Abuse Services Community Educator, Bethany Sanford, Program Supervisor for the Volunteer Court Navigator Program and Chief District Court Judge Jim Roberson answered a variety of questions related to domestic violence services in our community.
In addition to Alamance County, IVLP participants had visited Washington, DC, New York, New York, and Raleigh, NC, and were headed for Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA.