Latin America

In Latin America lie some of the most dangerous cities in the world and several countries have internal conflicts. Children are exposed to violence and criminality. Terre des hommes (Tdh) supports children who got into conflict with the law, does prevention work and fights for alternatives to their detention. We support changes of laws and practices that promote a child-friendly justice and develop actions with displaced communities where children are often the first victims. In parallel, our experts are implementing an online juvenile justice course for legal professionals.


Our programmes in the region

Child Protection

We work in Colombia to prevent the recruitment and use of children and young people by armed groups. This is done through activities in which they can develop life skills through sport, artistic expression and recreation. We also develop community organisation processes so that children, adolescents, young people and families in remote communities have access to safe water, sanitation, hygiene, maternal and child health, as well as optimal nutrition.

Access to justice

We ensure that children and young people in conflict with the law are treated in a manner that is fair and appropriate for their age. Tdh trains legal professionals on restorative juvenile justice. With this approach, young people take responsibility for their actions while avoiding detention. We also record good practices in customary justice and promote the rights of the child with awareness sessions.

Humanitarian aid

Hyperinflation and shortages caused by a political crisis have led 4.3 million Venezuelans to leave their country in the last few years. 1.4 million of them are in Colombia. The Tdh team ensured in 2019 that migrating families in need got access to health and education. To achieve this, we provided legal help so they could get documentation, which allowed them to access their basic rights. In 2019, a new project was launched in Antioquia in favour of the victims of the armed conflict.

Countries of intervention

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