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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 […]


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 […]

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. […]

20 Hours

[:en]The teacher was preparing her lesson when we entered the empty classroom at 9:15 A.M. She had written a few math problems written on the chalkboard. We had brought a group of experts from the United States and we were on an official tour of the juvenile detention center in Chihuahua, Mexico. We started at […]


Chihuahua Vision Trip – Blake Murdock and Tamara Thompson





Vision Trip – Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.


This past week Tamara Thompson and Blake Murdock joined us for our first-ever Vision Trip. Vision Trips give people a first-hand look at our work with juveniles in Mexico’s prison system. We visited the juvenile prisons in Juarez and Chihuahua cities and met with court officials to discuss our proposed projects in Chihuahua. Blake and Tammi will be sharing their experiences with us soon!


Above is a view of Juarez and Chihuahua, our meetings with the judges, and Blake, Doug and Tammi on the road from Juarez to Chihuahua.