Freedom For Kids
Still hundreds of miles away from their village, Oscar's parents didn't know he was in prison for stealing bus fares. A small and painfully shy boy, Oscar would nearly burst into tears whenever he could summon the courage to look me in the eye. Despite being arrested for a petty crime, Oscar would spend six months in detention awaiting his trial and be sentenced to three months. His parents were too poor to even visit him one time.
There are 1.5 million children in prison around the world. Most are beaten or abused by government officials, languish in deplorable conditions, and spend months or years waiting for a trial while "presumed innocent." Juvenile Justice Advocates International works in Latin America to reduce the length of detention, divert children into alternative programs and improve the conditions of detention centers. Our work impacts thousands of children every year. But it is only possible because of individual supporters like you!
Join us and make a difference for the forgotten children in prison in Mexico.