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“The first time I entered a juvenile prison in Latin America, I was shocked how many of the kids were waiting months and months to see a judge. Most have no hope of being released for years. When they are finally released, they go back to their communities with no support system. Lagging behind in school with no work skills, they have few options. Locking up kids for petty offenses actually makes crime worse in the long run as lives are needlessly thrown away… “

In 2013, Douglas Keillor is a human rights attorney. In 2012, Douglas moved to Mexico City as a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellow to research juvenile detention. In 2013, he founded Juvenile Justice Advocates International.

Latest News

JJAI’S Newest staff member

JJAI’S Newest staff member

At Juvenile Justice Advocates International we are always excited to welcome skilled staff members who support our transformation of the juvenile justice system and who believe in providing children in conflict with the law a second...

Wrapping up Mexico City’s detention conditions monitoring

Wrapping up Mexico City’s detention conditions monitoring

During this past month, the last report on the Detention Conditions Monitoring, as well as the subsequent certification of the CEIPA juvenile detention center in Mexico City were carried out. 8 areas were evaluated at this detention...

Reducing time to trial task force

Reducing time to trial task force

On October 14, we held the first Case Speeding Task Force alongside the newly appointed Magistrate of the Court for Juvenile Offenders of the State of Durango: Mr. Álvaro Rodríguez Alcalá. Other juvenile justice system’s specialized...

Youth Detention and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a potential humanitarian disaster in juvenile detention centers around the world. 1.4 million children are locked behind bars, often in terrible conditions (detained for months or years waiting to see a judge, abused, extorted, living...

JJAI’S Newest staff member

At Juvenile Justice Advocates International we are always excited to welcome skilled staff members who support our transformation of the juvenile justice system and who believe in providing children in conflict with the law a second chance. Today we welcome Karla...

Wrapping up Mexico City’s detention conditions monitoring

During this past month, the last report on the Detention Conditions Monitoring, as well as the subsequent certification of the CEIPA juvenile detention center in Mexico City were carried out. 8 areas were evaluated at this detention center and the results will be...

Reducing time to trial task force

On October 14, we held the first Case Speeding Task Force alongside the newly appointed Magistrate of the Court for Juvenile Offenders of the State of Durango: Mr. Álvaro Rodríguez Alcalá. Other juvenile justice system’s specialized workers were present during this...

Newsletter october 2022

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHILD’S ROOTS Citlali* and Kabil* are the parents to Nicte*. Nicte is a 17 year old boy from the Rarámuri indigenous group located in Chihuahua State in Mexico. Nicte was detained three years ago and placed in the Chihuahua City Detention Center....

And the Sullivan Ballou award goes to

It fills us with great pride to know that young people supported by JJAI are also being recognized by other organizations. This time, the Sullivan Ballou Fund awarded Gabriela*, a previously incarcerated youth, a scholarship to complete her law degree. As a lawyer,...

New project launch in Durango

As part of the preparations for piloting JJAI’s Re-entry Services Project in September, we held a two-session roundtable with the State’s Juvenile Justice Authorities and a multidisciplinary team, to adjust the tools of this project to the specific needs of the...

Supporting children in detention in Mexico City

We delivered 5 care packages full of shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and female hygiene products to girls from the Centro Especializado para Mujeres Adolescentes detention center. We also delivered sports equipment to four male detention centers to help...

A successful celebration

During our 2022 Annual Celebration I STAND WITH THEM, our team felt renewed as they met with dozens of friends and allies of the children in conflict with the law who joined our main fundraiser of the year. They helped us raise $24,000 dollars surpassing our goal and...

Monthly Newsletter September 2022

A SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION! During our 2022 Annual Celebration I STAND WITH THEM, our team felt renewed as they met with dozens of friends and allies the children in conflict with the law who joined our main fundraiser of the year. They helped us raise $24,000 dollars...

Improving the lives of children

Part of a successful reintegration is to provide new opportunities for the children who finish their time in the juvenile justice system, which is why Juvenile Justice Advocates International continuously supports the children with workshop materials. At the CEMEPA...

Where we work

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Chihuahua

A national leader in criminal procedural reforms, our pilot project in Chihuahua started in 2016. Since that time the rates and duration of pretrial detention have declined

Durango

Despite being a smaller jurisdiction, Durango is constantly looking to improve. Durango is the first state where both the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch have signed Memorandum of Understanding

CDMX

Looked to as the national leader in youth justice practices, Mexico City has more youth in detention than any other jurisdiction but has also developed a robust probation office and numerous alliances with nonprofits

Guerrero

After years of struggle and security issues, we decided in 2022 to close our project in Guerrero. We were able to implement our pretrial screening instrument to ensure low-risk youth stay in their communities. And we provided support to over 220 youths, as part of our Mobilize and Empower project.

Chiapas

In the state of Chiapas, at the invitation of the state judiciary, we conducted a study to assess the viability of implementing our projects. In 2022, our team presented the results and recommendations.

The state government is now deciding how they want to collaborate with us in the future.

There are 1.4 million children in prison right now around the world with devastating effects on their lives