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Juvenile Justice Reform in Ukraine

Kimberly Inksater worked with two Ukrainian lawyers, Dmytro Yagunov and Mariana Yevsyukova, to evaluate the progress of the Juvenile Justice Reform Project. The project was implemented by Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd. and the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General as the executing agency and financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada. In September and October 2013 the team conducted interviews in Kyiv, Melitopol and Ivano-Frankivsk with national, sub-national (oblast) and municipal level stakeholders related to criminal justice and social rehabilitation for minors in conflict with the law. The project is supporting new initiatives implemented by judges, police, alternative sentencing officers and social workers in pilot communities in order to help Ukrainians develop a criminal justice system for minors based on international standards (United Nations and European Union) for children in conflict with the law.