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The Europe and Eurasia Division (CEELI) of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative launched its program in Tajikistan in 1997 with the placement of its first rule of law legal specialist in Dushanbe. The ABA opened its second office in Tajikistan in 2002 in the city of Khujand.
Since 1997, major ABA projects in Tajikistan have included: assisting in conducting the country's first parliamentary public hearing; conducting substantive training for lawyers and judges on criminal justice reform; assisting in the first-ever publication of a judicial bulletin by the Association of Judges of the Republic of Tajikistan; supporting a cross-border project in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan that seeks to advance citizens' rights by promoting the development of public interest advocates and initiatives in the Ferghana Valley; establishing a nongovernmental organization (NGO) to provide legal consultations to indigent women; launching a legal externship program with local NGOs; and, initiating a training series to develop local government capacity.