As well as projects preventing radicalization targeting individuals and areas with a high risk of becoming radicalized, Accept International focuses on projects of ‘De-radicalization, Re-insertion and Re-integration’ for those who have already been radicalized. The main targets of this project are former terrorists incarcerated in prisons and individuals who have been released from it.
These target groups have a high demand to be supported, and through the provision of psychological, economic, and social support, we attempt to prevent re-radicalization while backing their new lives in local communities. Moreover, we aim to create an environment where individuals once radicalized can return to society, and increase the number of defectors from terrorist organizations.
The organization provides support to break away from extremist ideologies and highly illegal actions. Ideologically, in the process of de-radicalization, we change the individuals’ belief of taking ‘justifiable’ violent and illegal measures to achieve religious, political convictions, while accepting and analyzing how they came to the process and system of their ideologies. Physically, we break off individuals from terrorist activities and take them out of the groups engaged in those activities.
Re-insertion & Re-integration
The organization supports target individuals to establish their livelihood in local communities, and confront their realities surrounding them. In addition to practical economic and societal assistance such as income generation and building contacts with local communities, we focus on a psychological approach to strengthen their mindset, especially when individuals face severe situations just after their release, which can be particularly problematic. In contrast to the conventional approach, which takes a corrective and rehabilitative manner, we value an interactive and communicative approach, and stand at the same eye level with them.
Taking action towards de-radicalization and reintegration of former extremists, we have developed the RPA model, an innovative three-step framework built up from our experience in this field. The three steps, ‘Redefine, Prepare, Action’ reflects our approach and goal to resolving terrorism and armed conflict. Instead of a one-sided approach forcing the individual to be reformed and re-educated, Accept International utilizes meaningful conversations tailored to each of them, in order to adjust their ideologies and behavior for the better. Based on this framework, we implement de-radicalization and reintegration projects that are arranged by the condition of each operating country.