The situation in Panama
Central America is the most violent region in the world and has alarming homicide rates. Young people often have no choice but to be involved in delinquency, as gang recruits or victims of organised crime. Legal systems are based on punishment, and worsen the spiral of violence. Prison is a school for criminals. Thousands of young people emigrate illegally to the USA, where they risk being exploited.
What we do
"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 delegationRead more...
Terre des hommes in Panama
Beneficiaries in 2015
Expatriate staff / National staff
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evaluations underway in Panama, Honduras, Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic
key institutions in the legal system (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Public Affairs, Supreme Court, the Ombudsman, the police)