Transforming the justice system saves lives and makes communities safer. Here is how JJAI’s model works to create change in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile justice systems around the world must be transformed. In order to create real and lasting change, we must engage local governments and agencies that are often underfunded, under-staffed, overworked, under-prepared, and focal points of corruption and abuse. The juvenile justice system cannot change without long-term local commitment to advocacy, capacity-building, and stakeholder engagement.

Each JJAI site has a small local team of dedicated experts engaging the justice system actors and community stakeholders. Our teams represent a long-term commitment to creating sustainable, systemic change that helps thousands of children every year.

Project Phases

System Analysis

Collecting data to create a
baseline and measure impact.


Developing site-specific
recommendations based on the system analysis.

Inter-Agency Working Groups

Forming and leading local governmental and nongovernmental teams to guide the reform implementation.


Planning, training and disseminating changes to practices and policies.

Ongoing Monitoring

Collecting data to evaluate