The first time I entered a juvenile prison in Latin America, I was shocked how many of the kids were waiting months and months to see a judge. Most have no hope of being released for years. When they are finally released, they go back to their communities with no support system. Lagging behind in school with no work skills, they have few options. Locking up kids for petty offenses actually makes crime worse in the long run as lives are needlessly thrown away…
Doug Keillor is a human rights attorney. He holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Politics from American University. He founded Juvenile Justice Advocates International in 2013.
In 2012 Douglas Keillor was awarded a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship to research excessive juvenile detention in Mexico City. As a result, the Mexico City Superior Court invited him to help implement a pretrial release program. Due to the lack of organizations working on international juvenile justice reform, in 2013 Mr. Keillor founded the U.S.-based 501(c)(3) Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJA). Justicia Juvenil Internacional México A.C. is JJA’s Mexican-registered non-profit.
Juvenile Justice Advocates International
Address: 2905 East Rum River Drive South
Cambridge, Minnesota 55008
Justicia Juvenil Internacional, Mexico A.C.
Address: Av Pacifico 284 # C401
Col. Los Reyes, Coyoacan, C.P. 04330 D.F.
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