The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.


Central America is one of the most violent regions in the world. Young people are often involved in delinquency, as gang recruits or as victims of organised crime. Legal systems are based on punishment and hence worsen the spiral of violence. Thousands of young people emigrate irregularly to the USA, where they risk being exploited. We are currently developing a regional project for juvenile justice and the prevention of violence. In parallel, our experts are implementing an online juvenile justice course for legal professionals.

What we do

Access to justice

Since 2017, Terre des hommes has been carrying out activities in collaboration with all indigenous peoples of Panama through the Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge. The aim is to strengthen the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous minors in conflict with the law by including their needs and particularities in both justice systems: the ordinary state system and the ancestral indigenous system. This has led to better coordination between institutions and strengthens good practices in restorative juvenile justice in communities.

"Central America is one of the most violent regions in the world. Young people are forced into gangs of delinquents and organised crime. Often, the only answer is taking away offenders' freedom. But prison is a school for criminals."

John Orlando, head of Tdh's Panama delegation


Terre des hommes in Panama

Beneficiaries 2018


1550 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 2

Budget 2018


CHF 1,008,026.-




Where we work


Tdh opens a regional delegation in Central America and the Caribbean in Panama. A new programme on juvenile justice and preventing violence is launched.
Launch of an online Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on restorative juvenile justice in collaboration with the University of Geneva.

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Making an impact for Children: Annual report 2019
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
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