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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Vista al estado de Chiapas

Our visit to Chiapas State

In order to work more closely with the Chiapas authorities, our executive director, Douglas Keillor, and our national project director, Sarahi García, visited the state and had various activities during their stay. On Monday, April 4, we carried out the presentation of the Annual Diagnosis of the State of Chiapas, at the Chamber of Presidents […]

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JJI is awarded by the MHBA

In order to work more closely with the Chiapas authorities, our executive director, Douglas Keillor, and our national projecWe are proud to share the news that the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) has awarded us the Manuel Cervantes Endowment Fund award, which consists of a $15,000 donation to continue our work for the benefit of […]

From the Library

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.