Gerardo Guerrero, Head Consul of the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Advocate for Children In Prison Award on December 6th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) gives out the award annually to recognize individuals who have done outstanding work to make our vision a reality – that children only be detained as a last resort in extreme circumstances and for the shortest period of time possible.

Since arriving as the Head Consul in Saint Paul three years ago, , Consul Guerrero has been a tireless supporter for Juvenile Justice Advocates International – a Minnesota-based nonprofit working in Mexico. .  “Head Consul Guerrero is a strong advocate for human rights, especially children’s rights,” noted Douglas Keillor, JJAI’s Executive Director. “We are pleased to present Consul Guerrero this award  in recognition of his outstanding work.”

from left to right: Jose Luis Ramirez, Dan Wellik, Gerardo Guerrero, Julie Carlson y Gabino Alvarez.

Head Consul Gerardo Guerrero was presented the award at a private event in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 6th.

Consul Guerrero is the fourth recipient of the Outstanding Advocate for Children In Prison Award. Past recipients include his predecessor at the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, Alberto Fierro Garza; professor and human rights attorney Juan Méndez; and posthumously to Ciudad Juárez Pastor Lalo Garcia.

About Juvenile Justice Advocates International:

Juvenile Justice Advocates International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for reforms in the juvenile justice system and improve respect for human rights for the most vulnerable. JJAI’s vision is that children should only be imprisoned as a last resort, in extreme circumstances, and for the shortest period of time possible. JJAI was founded in 2013.