El Salvador: Strengthening Community Support Networks for Juvenile Justice

During the first quarter of 2015, NCSC collaborated with one of its partner organizations in El Salvador, ARJUVES, to provide community engagement and training opportunities to juveniles in the criminal justice system.

El Salvador’s justice system is severely impacted by overcrowding and a lack of resources in its criminal justice facilities.   The Juvenile Justice and Pre-Trial Detention Program hopes to assist by providing opportunities for juveniles in the justice system to participate in activities designed to encourage social, cultural and skills development.

ARJUVES has extensive experience working with young people in contact with the justice system, and utilizes a method of socialization and rehabilitation that engages program participants in activities such as employment training workshops, peaceful community interactions (e.g. youth forums, theatre trips), nature outings, sensitization visits (e.g. trips to nursing homes, children’s hospitals), and violence prevention efforts within the local community.

The Central America Juvenile Justice and Pre-Trial Detention Program is implemented by NCSC under a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.