SOAR’s Human Rights Monitoring Program, created in December 2015, monitors potential human rights violations within Armenia’s orphanages, boarding schools, and day centers. Specifically, we monitor the following constructs: education, food and nutrition, human trafficking, hygiene, physical abuse and neglect, reunification, and sexual abuse.

The Human Rights Monitoring Program is managed by Dr. Yacoubian.

Findings from our research have been disseminated in the following publications:

Yacoubian, G., and L. Bardakjian. (2022). Prioritizing a Continuum of Care for Older Orphan Populations: A Qualitative Study from Two Transitional Centers in Armenia. International Journal of Social Science Studies 11(3).

Yacoubian, G. (2023). The Artsakh Conflict as a Violation of the Genocide Convention: Toward a Referral to the International Criminal Court. Advances in Applied Sociology 13(2), 171-177.

Yacoubian, G. (2022). Re-operationalizing the “Best Interest” Standard for Children Without Parental Care: Toward Permanent Environmental Reassignment for Residential Childcare Institutions. Advances in Applied Sociology 12: 756-772.

Yacoubian, G., and L. Bardakjian. (2022). Assessing the Perceived Familial Relationships of Orphaned Children Housed in Armenia’s Residential Childcare Institutions: Revisiting the “Best Interests of the Child” Standard in International Child Protection Law. World Affairs 26(3): 137-147.

Yacoubian, G. (2022). Toward a Theory of Permanent Environmental Reassignment for Residential Childcare: A Comprehensive Research Agenda for the 21st Century. International Journal of Social Science Studies 10(6): 52-61.

Yacoubian, G. (2022). Evaluating the Triadic Relationship between the Armenian Diaspora, Armenia’s Cultural Identity, and the Artsakh War: Toward a Sustainable Map of Peace. Advances in Applied Sociology 12(9): 557-584.

Yacoubian, G. (2022). An Assessment of Armenia’s Residential Childcare Institutions as a Case Study in International Child Protection. Advances in Applied Sociology 12(7): 338-345.

Yacoubian, G. (2021). Deinstitutionalization, Family Reunification, and the “Best Interests of the Child”: An Examination of Armenia’s Child Protection Obligations under Conventional International Law. Pace International Law Review 33(2): 151-188.

Yacoubian, G. (2021). Toward Peace and Permanent Stability in Artsakh. Human Rights Brief 24: 147-154.

Yacoubian, G., and L. Clements. (2015). An Examination of Compliance with the Inter-Country Adoption Convention: Exploring Surrogacy in Armenia as a Form of Human Trafficking. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law 31(3) 811-834.

Yacoubian, G., H. Clawson, and N. Dutch (2008). An examination of law enforcement responses to human trafficking in the US: A compliance assessment of US obligations under customary and conventional international law. University of California Davis Journal of International Law and Policy 15(1): 157-198.