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


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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.

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Horneando Nuevas oportunidades JJI

Baking new opportunities

Mexicans are among the biggest consumers of sweet bread in the world. Everyone has their favorite sweet bread and it is hard to walk by more than two streets without coming across a bakery. María* a young girl from the CEMEPA Center (Mexico City’s center for services for youth on release) came up with an […]

Solitary Confinement Negatively Impacting Children in Detention

Solitary Confinement Negatively Impacting Children in Detention

The use of solitary confinement and isolation for detained children in Latin America is too common. Solitary confinement is overused by poorly trained guards as an “easy solution” to deter a child from misbehaving, however, it has lasting negative impacts on their mental and emotional health. Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) works to implement positive […]

Día del Padre en el centro de detención de Chihuahua

Father’s Day for Young Men Living in Detention

This year’s Father’s Day at the Chihuahua Detention Center was unlike any other for some of the young fathers who live there. For Juan* it was his first Father’s Day ever. He was a young teenager when he had a baby with his girlfriend one-year before he was detained and subsequently taken into the detention […]

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Children in Pretrial Detention

This is the first international report, surveying 118 countries, dedicated to understanding how long children spend in pretrial detention.

Reducing Length of Child Pretrial Detention

Watch our live webinar from May 20th, 2019 on starting a global movement to reduce the time children spend in pretrial detention.