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August 17
Iraqi Youth Visit Capital Area Teen Court

DSC_1084web.jpgOn Monday and Tuesday, August 17–18, 2015, Iraqi youth will visit the Wake County Courthouse to meet with current high school students who are serving as Teen Court Volunteer Youth Attorneys and Capital Area Teen Court staff.

On Monday, the youth learned how Teen Court works as a diversion program for Wake County students that are first-time offenders who have received a misdemeanor. They will return on Tuesday to attend Teen Court hearings.

Teen Court defendants are first-time offenders ages 11 through 17 who are enrolled in school and have committed a misdemeanor in Wake County. A school law enforcement officer, Assistant District Attorney, juvenile court intake court counselor or other law enforcement officer may refer the youth to Teen Court.

The process usually takes three to five months, including intake, court hearing and completing ordered sanctions. Upon completion there is no criminal record, and youth are able to say that they have not committed a crime when applying to college or for employment.

The visit is sponsored by International Focus, a Wake County nonprofit that supports multiculturalism, international exchange and diversity within the Research Triangle area through a range of activities and exchanges. The youth will be accompanied by a graduate student in international studies and an adult mentor/interpreter.

Capital Area Teen Court is a program of ReEntry, Inc., a Wake County nonprofit, with funding provided by the Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Wake County Cash Match, Wake County In-Kind Space and Services as well as through private donations.

To volunteer with Capital Area Teen Court please visit www.capitalareateencourt.org or contact Jasmine Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.

Media Note: Full-sized images are available through clicking on the thumbnails shown here. Please call Catherine Glover at 919-605-1992 if you are interested in an interview on Tuesday, August 18, at 5 p.m., with a participating Youth Attorney.


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