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Nonviolence and Active Bystander Intervention: Burke VA EU
Sunday, May 21, 2-4 pm
Location: Burke Presbyterian Church 5690 Oak Leather Dr, Burke, Virginia 22015

An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. This is distinct from self-assertion training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked.

An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

This is a beginner’s workshop designed for those that may have none to little prior studies of bystander intervention.

The training is designed for about 25 participants (50 max). Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are asked to commit to the entire session. Snacks will be provided.

Requested payment is a sliding scale for what you are able to offer from $20-$30, but it is not mandatory because no one will be turned away for being unable to pay. Payment page will appear after you submit this form.

This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by: deploying unarmed civilian protection and peacekeeping units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, offering peace education for children and adults, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches

For more information about the DC Peace Team, please visit our website at

For questions, contact Eli McCarthy at

Eliane Lakam is a well-rounded and enthusiastic trainer who believes in the power of education in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. Prior to joining DC Peace Team, Eliane served as a Bystander Intervention Trainer and advocate for several non-profit organizations and community groups including the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF), One Love Foundation. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Prince George’s Community College, where she was the liaison between the board, the college staff, the faculty, and more than 40000 students. On her spare time, Eliane can be found in a secret meditation room or hunting for free classical music concert in D.C.

Tarek Farouk Maassarani is currently focused on Restorative Justice efforts as a member of the Restorative DC team and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices. His experience in the field of peacebuilding more broadly includes developing and implementing cross-border encounter programs, gang intervention efforts, community mediation and dialogue, school-based peace education programs, as well as a wide variety of training/facilitation services. Tarek has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in conflict resolution. Tarek holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, a J.D. from Georgetown University, as well as a B.S. in Environmental Studies and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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