Even though Nicaragua has the lowest juvenile delinquency rate in the violent region of Central America, many adolescents are out of school and at risk of being recruited by criminal groups: 3500 young people are members of 54 gangs. We develop measures which are more effective than incarceration for youth in conflict with the law. Nowadays, already 74% of adolescents in conflict with the law got alternative measures to detention, which decreases their recidivism.

What we do

Juvenile justice

We implement educational initiatives for young people to replace incarceration. This respects their rights and makes re-offending less likely. We help prevent young people from getting involved in gangs and organised crime by providing discussion areas and by encouraging community dialogue. Additionally, professionals of the justice system are trained in juvenile justice and we empower the national juvenile justice system in providing guidelines about alternative measures to prison.

Paolo has the face of a child but his arms are covered in scars. He was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated violence when he was still a minor. He takes part in a welding workshop organised by Terre des hommes.

Paolo, a young inmate in Tipitapa prison


Terre des hommes in Nicaragua

Beneficiaries 2016


5753 people

Expatriate / local employees


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Budget 2017


CHF 171,960.-




Where we work

Supported by


Tdh begins operations in Nicaragua.

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