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In Panama, we are currently developing a regional project for juvenile justice and the prevention of violence in Central America. In parallel, our experts are implementing an online juvenile justice course for legal professionals.

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

Juvenile justice

Our local experts have developed a programme for Central America and the Caribbean that seeks to prevent juvenile violence, strengthen the legal system and train professionals on juvenile justice. We work together with the authorities, without seeking to replace them. In coordination with the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE) and the University of Geneva, we are developing an online juvenile justice course for professionals around the world. This reinforces Tdh's position as an international organisation specialising in juvenile justice.

"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 in 2015

160 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 0

2015 Budget

CHF 360,081.-

Programme locations

evaluations underway in Panama, Honduras, Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic

Local partners

key institutions in the legal system (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Public Affairs, Supreme Court, the Ombudsman, the police)


Where we work


Tdh opens a regional delegation for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama. A new programme on juvenile justice and preventing violence is launched.

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Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
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