In August, our charity was informed about a case which took place in a region to the south of Tbilisi. Five young fellows were caught by police; four of them were juveniles. They were accused of a robbery an a shop, but, in reality they even did not know location of the shop. Under psychological and physical violence they were forced to admit the crime in written form and the police wanted to convict them.
We met the chief prosecutor of the region, we had known him for a long time as previously he worked in Tbilisi and he helped us to solve many cases related to street children. During our meeting we told him the case and persuaded him that his subordinates got the confession of the crime by force. After re-investigation of the case, children were declared innocent. One of these fellows had passed the National examinations and without our assistance he would not be able to start university study 15th of September of this year. The court case was raised against violator policemen.
Very often the first contact we have with the teenagers we help is when they are in trouble with the police. We make sure that they are treated fairly in the justice system. Once released, we are able to help some young people to resolve difficulties with their family so that they can go back home, or at least to find other relatives ready to look after them. When a happy ending isn’t as straightforward we need to be able to provide a home, food and either training or employment. With winter on its way, we know that more teenagers will be coming to us from the streets hoping for a hot meal. We need your help to make sure that no-one is turned away hungry.
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