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¿Cómo han sido las acciones del poder judicial en Latinoamérica ante la pandemia?

La pandemia que vivimos actualmente, ha venido a relucir varias debilidades del sistema penal en diversas partes del planeta. En materia de justicia para adolescentes, el COVID-19 remarcó varias carencias de las y los jóvenes en los centros de internamiento, por lo que hay una urgente necesidad de mejora en cuanto a condiciones dignas y […]

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Transparency; one of the ways to identify the strengths of the adolescent justice system

“Information can save lives,” was the phrase used by.  the founding member and director of Documenta A.C., María Sirvent,  regarding transparency by the authorities in charge of the adolescent justice system in Mexico, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. During our webinar titled : “COVID-19: Identifying the strengths of the adolescent justice system”, Sirvent […]

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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 conducts a webinar to analyze how to guarantee comprehensive care in the face of COVID-19 in the adolescent justice system

It is important that we take care of the mental health of adolescents in detention centers during COVID19, as they are already isolated from society, which is why a pandemic like this can be an opportunity to integrate care measures towards young people, with the agreement of the Undersecretary of the Penitentiary System of the […]


Curriculum 2020: Specialization courses for operators of the justice system for adolescents

¿WHO ARE WE? Juvenile Justice Advocates International is a Civil Association whose main interest is justice for adolescents in conflict with the law. The organization’s lines of work are aligned with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the National Law of the Comprehensive Criminal Justice System for Adolescents regarding the use of […]


JJAI Expresses Concern for the Health Conditions and Capacity of Youth Detention Centers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

*Specific communication for Mexico was released and is available in Spanish, click here for more info.  Juvenile Justice Advocates International’s (JJAI) vision is that children are only detained as a last resort and for the shortest period of time possible. JJAI works towards this by collaborating and providing technical assistance to youth justice operators to […]

2019 Outstanding Advocate for Children in Prison – Head Consul of Mexico Gerardo Guerrero

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 – […]