Kids’ Court School hosted visiting representatives from Lebanon through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The participants included individuals from the Internal Security Forces and the Emergency and Refugee Department of Lebanon. The visitors learned about the Kids’ Court School program and had an opportunity to tour the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic and the Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom, where Kids’ Court is held.
Dr. Rebecca Nathanson and Clinic Fellow, Chelsea Stacey, enjoyed the engaging discussions regarding best practices for child interviews and the difficulties law enforcement face in interacting with child witnesses.
The group came with a focus to learn more about the U.S. government’s strategies and programs related to human trafficking. The group’s professional objectives for the project were to: review U.S. government strategies to combat international trafficking in persons, including crimes against women and children, by examining the formulation, administration, and enforcement of U.S. policy on the national, state, and local levels; examine the roles that government, law enforcement, the courts, and local organizations play in detecting, preventing, and prosecuting crimes; explore initiatives to recognize, protect, and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and investigate international law enforcement cooperation in trafficking in persons cases.
A special thank you to Vivian Palmer, the Executive Director of the International Visitor Leadership Program for organizing this meeting and allowing Kids’ Court to be shared across nations! Kids’ Court looks forward to hosting more visitors through the program in the future.