Around the world, children are being imprisoned for petty crimes and crimes they did not commit. Often incarcerated with adults, they face inhumane conditions + sexual/predatorial abuse. Poor + alone, they have no legal counsel + nowhere to turn. The consequences are devastating. IBJ's Juvenile Justice project will give 250 children early access to a trained + compassionate lawyer in Burundi, Cambodia, the DRC, India + Syria. Give vulnerable children the gift of justice!
Over one million children globally are in detention for petty crimes. In many countries, children can be imprisoned as young as 8 years old + are subject to police torture to coerce confessions. 85% of child inmates are incarcerated with adults + vulnerable to violence + sexual abuse. The vast majority are poor + can not afford a lawyer. Without legal counsel, many will languish in pre-trial detention for months or years, with tragic life-long psychological + physical consequences.
IBJ is a non-profit organization that gives the world's most marginalized, including children, early + free access to a lawyer. For example, 14 year old "Yash" was arrested by police for stealing fruit from a tree. To force a confession, police suspended him by his fingers, causing irreparable damage. IBJ's Juvenile Justice project will ensure that in 5 countries (Burundi, Cambodia, DRC, India + Syria) 250 boys + girls like Yash will have a lawyer's protection. Access to Justice saves!
Supporting IBJ's Juvenile Justice project is an investment in a 50+ year future for 250 vulnerable children. All children deserve a chance! IBJ's work makes a concrete difference. In Cambodia, torture dropped from 95% to 5% in cases where IBJ lawyers intervened. In China, IBJ introduced the Appropriate Adult scheme, which assigns adults to juveniles in police stations so as to safeguard their welfare. IBJ's legal aid is among the least expensive + most effective in the world!
International Bridges to Justice website
IBJ website section focus on youth initiatives