LMU Hosts International Leaders from Pakistan focused on Militant Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Dr. John M. Carfora, Associate Provost, Research Advancement and Compliance Office of Academic Affairs and Dr. Eric Strauss, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience hosted a delegation from Pakistan at the Marymount Center.  Along with Dr. Carfora and Dr. Strauss, the presenters included Dr. Scott Wood, Professor at Loyola Law School, Dr. Jonathan Rothschild, Associate Professor, Academic Affairs and Theological Studies, Ms. Schoene Mahmood with the Restorative Justice Project, and Mr. Brian Biery with the Flintridge Center.

The delegation members from Pakistan are working to rehabilitate and reintegrate former Taliban members, gang members, and/or veterans of war experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder.  Mr. Farrukh Ali, Senior Superintendent of Police, Sindh Police, Ms. Asma Ayub, Senior Clinical Psychologist, SWAaT for Pakistan,Mr. Hameedullah, Deputy Director, Excise and Taxation, Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Mr. Amir Ali Khan, Assistant Executive Director, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Mr. Muhammad Asfandiyar Khan, Regional Coordinator, PAIMAN Alumni Trust Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)/Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Regional Office Peshawar, Pakistan, Mr. Afsar Ullah, Head of Mental Health, Sabaoon Center. Accompanied by US State Dept International Liaison Ms. Heide Crossley and Simultaneous Interpreter, Mr. Sid Shahid.

This event offered an overview of the Restorative Justice Project at the Center for Urban Resilience and covered current research and advocacy for promoting a criminal justice system that is more restorative than punitive. The delegates were very interested in learning practical tools that could help them with issues in their home country.

Restorative Justice Project at CURes offers training and programs in Restorative Justice designed to support the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) vision to advance urban health and resilience. The Project’s work supports Restorative Justice philosophies that allows everyone affected by crime and conflict to hold people accountable for their actions by hearing what happened, how everyone has been affected and what can be done to repair the harm.

The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, which implements the International Visitor Leadership Program of professional and cultural exchanges. The purpose is to increase mutual understanding at the professional and personal levels and thereby contribute to improving relations between the United States and other countries. These established or potential foreign leaders in government, media, business, education, science, arts and other key fields are selected by American embassies overseas to visit the U.S. and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. first hand.

For more information, please contact: Schoene Mahmood at (310) 591-4785 and at schoene.mahmood@lmu.edu.