NVMS and Fairfax County Restorative Justice Program Host International Visitors

Photo B - 6-17-16 NVMS and AAP Host International Visitors - Photo posted on Blog

Fairfax County Alternative Accountability Program (AAP) Planning Committee members Vickie Shoap (FCPS), Bill Casey (NVMS), Dave Deal (NVMS), Megan Johnston (NVMS), Elizabeth Jones (JDRDC), Andy Wehrlen (FCPD) and Shawn Martin (FCPD) with visitors from the Middle East and North Africa on June 16, 2016.

NVMS hosted a panel of colleagues from the Fairfax County Alternative Accountability Program (AAP) for youth to showcase our work for international visitors on June 16th.  The panel members shared Fairfax County’s restorative justice experience in community approaches to social problems.  AAP partner agencies, the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court and Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS), presented the work of the program to a diverse audience of community stakeholders from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Meridian International Center visitors program included guests from Egypt, Jordan, Mali, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.  The Fairfax County and NVMS panelists engaged in lively discussion with the visitors, answering their questions on topics ranging from school discipline to justice to youth violence.  The AAP also includes partners the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood & Community Services and the Fairfax City Police Department and works to address youth harm in the community with special focus on accountability, the repair of harm and reducing minority contact with the juvenile justice system.  For more information on the program, visit https://nvms.us/fairfax-rj/.