Today, an op-ed I wrote for the Baltimore Sun was published. It tackles the problems regarding automatically charging youth as adults. The original can be read here. The full text is below.
I'm excited to share a recent interview I did with Restorative Justice Rising. The hour long interview covers youth courts, international law, restorative justice, juvenile justice, and our work internationally.
You can listen for free here.
You can read about our work at Youth Courts International here.
Dear Self Declared Grammar Nazis,
Your unprovoked aggression struck when I used a preposition incorrectly. You quickly and efficiently corrected my mistake, but you sensed my displeasure. “Oh, sorry," you said, "I’m a grammar Nazi.”
Really? You, the nearly 30 year old woman in a One Direction t-shirt (a Nationalist slogan in its own right), are a Nazi? Was your correction apart of your pogrom against prepositions? When was the last time you interned a noun or discriminated against the dative? Have you ever done something grammatically that others could reasonably refer to as a Blitzkrieg?
I don't often post about the non-profit I run called Youth Courts International; however, I think I can make an exception.Through Youth Courts International and thanks to the Oregon Review of International Law, we have our first academic publication on the use of youth courts in the context of of international law. The first of its type, if I'm not mistaken. Specifically, the paper (see below) makes the case that youth courts are a diversion program that if run well can meet the standards set by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. If it's at all an interest to you, please let me know what you think. If you don't even look at it, I wont be offended.
Kosovo's Flag. Last time for now.
When I moved to Kosovo last September, I was excited. I was also irritated. I was excited to be in a place I’d read about, but never visited. I was irritated, because change is hard. In Kosovo, the driving was chaotic and needlessly loud, the water would be out once or twice a day, and you couldn’t walk on the sidewalks because cars took precedent. These seemingly trivial things grated my patience and I felt on edge for the first two months I was here.
For the last venture in the Balkans during this year, we headed to Albania. I say this as a fierce defender that Alaska is one of the world's most beautiful places: Albania is one of the single most beautiful places I have ever been. I hope you enjoy this newest photographic installment here.
This past winter, I wrote about the trials and tribulations of having to lie in an introductory language course. I even wrote an apology letter to my Albanian teachers because I had, like a sociopath, lied to them regarding the inane. My complaint, as with any introductory language course, was: don’t ask me questions about my favorite furniture or how many balconies my apartment has if you don’t want to get lied to. I just wanted a class that was going to put me on a path towards useful Albanian.
Forsaking the inane for the unknown, I jumped back into the world of introductory Albanian, but with a new teacher. This new teacher is a solo act working out of an extra room in her apartment. She teaches in the local dialect (Gheg), she does not ask us inane questions, and every simple mistake we make is a “katastrofë”. I love this new teacher.
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Kosovo's Flag. Still a Juvenile.
My apologies for some lack luster posting the past few months. I've been traveling around Kosovo interviewing judges, prosecutors, and Ministry of Justice officials for my Fulbright research about the state of juvenile justice in Kosovo. Recently, I gave a talk on the state of the juvenile justice system, the use of diversion, and my recommendations. My entire talk can be seen below.
For those of those not inclined to watch an hour long video of a person you kinda know speak about juvenile justice in Kosovo, here are a few highlights: