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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 overcrowded, and under unsanitary conditions). They need to be in contact with their families to not […]


JJAI visits Bolivia to talk about Mexico’s Juvenile Justice Reforms

Sarahi Garcia Martinez – National Project Director for JJI Mexico – shares in La Paz, Bolivia “I must clarify, this has been the experience in Mexico” I kept repeating such statement during my intervention at the International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles in Conflict with the Law in La Paz, Bolivia. Our current statutes […]

Detention as a Last Resort for Teens in Guerrero

“Now we have concrete measures that are more transparent,” said Elizabeth, the juvenile detention center psychologist in Guerrero state. Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) finished our first training on implementing our Pre-Trial Detention Risk Assessment Instrument in Guerrero last November, making it the first state to fully implement the National Risk Assessment Model adopted last […]

Advocating for a 30-day limit to pretrial detention in Geneva and Paris

In May we released our new report “Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits” which recommends that children spend no longer than 30 days in detention awaiting trial.  Along with our partners from the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and American University Washington College of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic, we […]

These people will change the system…

  This past week we conducted our first training seminar for juvenile detention center personnel – guards, counselors, social workers and probation officers. We spent a week training them on human rights, prevention of torture, supervising teenagers on release programs and other topics critical for the improvement of Mexico’s juvenile justice system. As we were […]

Proposed Legal Reform to Limit Juvenile Pretrial Detention

(Video only available in Spanish) Last September 28th, Congressperson Victor Manuel Sanchez Orozco, of the Movimiento Ciudadano party, presented a legal reform to the National Juvenile Justice System Law in Mexico´s National Congress. Juvenile Justice Advocates has been working with Congressperson Clemente Castañeda Hoeflich and Congressperson Sanchez, this year to improve the juvenile justice system. […]

Welcome our 2017 Summer Intern – Rebecca Rosefelt

This summer, Rebecca Rosefelt, a law student at the University of Minnesota, is our legal intern. Rebecca is spending her summer in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua city interviewing detained teenagers, helping present workshops on prisoner rights to teens and families, and conducting research on international standards for juvenile detention. “I am really excited to help develop tools […]