LFP Finalists announced

January , 19 2012

Congratulations to our very first LFP finalists from Moldova! American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to notify Mr Unciuc Ion and Lazari Alexei that they have been selected as a finalists to participate in the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP), sponsored by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mr Lazari and Unciuc are invited to travel to the United States this spring for a five-week professional development and cross-cultural exchange (April 1- May 5). They will be joining up to 22 other young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The tentative program itinerary is as follows:

March: U.S. visa interviews (you will receive more information from your local American Councils office shortly)
March 29-31: Pre-departure orientation in Tbilisi, Georgia (this year participants from all countries with the exception of Turkey are meeting in Tbilisi)
April 1: Departure for United States
April 1 - 3: Arrival orientation in Washington, D.C.
April 4: Departure for internships across the United States
April 4 - May 1: LFP internships
May 2: Departure for Washington, D.C.
May 2 - 5: Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C.
May 5: Departure for home


Mr Unciuc is the Chief of the SAEPAS unit at the Ministry of Justice Penitenciary 3 from Leova.The mututally beneficial project between his U.S. hosts and his home region Mr Unciuc is going to work on while in US aims to deal with the following problems in his local community: lack of cooperation culture and the erroneous perception of the society as an enemy and lack of an institutional frame of respecting the law of local civil society. The beneficiaries of the project would be local governamental and nongovernamental institutions (police,city hall,courthouse,Border Guard Service, schools, small busines asociations).


Mr Lazări Alexei is the Chief of Elaborating and Implementing Program Service at the Department of Penitentiary Institutions from Strășeni. Mr Lazări has also worked at the Ministery of Justice as the Chief of Elaborating and Implementation Unit and for the Association for Civic and Political Culture from Moldova as Project Manager.Upon his return to Moldova, Mr Lazari is planning to organise a summer school for 14 and 18 year old vulnerable youth  with criminal records and inmates of the same age in collaboration with the local council, local youth NGO's, UNICEF, Peace Corp, Department of Penitentiary System. The goals of that project would be changing the way of thinking to those minors, making them change their attitude towards respecting the law,convincing them that graduating a school is very important for their future, and to ignite in them the fire of hope for a better life.

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