The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) supported the latest class of four Afghan female judges through a grant to the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), a program INL has funded since 2004. The current class of the Judicial Education Program, the sixth under the INL-funded grant, is the most diverse class yet, with judges representing Badakhshan, Balkh, Farah, and Kabul provinces.
The IAWJ Judicial Education Program, in partnership with the Rural Women’s Leadership Institute of Vermont, is being held in Washington D.C. from August 25 - September 19, 2012. In addition to training and site visits in Washington, the participants spent 8 days in Vermont where they observed proceedings at the Brattleboro District Court and the Vermont Supreme Court, and met with the Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin.
In Washington, the judges will end the program with special tours of the White House and Supreme Court, a meeting with Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and by participating in a panel at the U.S. Department of State on September 18.
Since 2004, INL has supported six IAWJ Judicial Education Programs for a total of 22 judge participants.