Conference on the release of young people in the protection system presented the experiences of Argentina and Bolivia

June 21, 2017
Communications Colunga Foundation

The organizations Doncel of Argentina and TIA of Bolivia were the guest stars of the international conference "Let grow not be a threat", organized by VE Global, held at ColungaHUB.

The meeting, focused on assisted egress initiatives for young people without parental care, allowed to unite in the same space the experiences of organizations from Argentina and Bolivia; the vision of the National Institute of Human Rights in Chile; and present the projects of civil society organizations, which are currently intervening in this problem in the country.

International initiatives

From Argentina, Mariana Incarnato of Doncel Argentina He shared the experience of this organization, which achieved the first law of graduation in Latin America, which recognizes the right of adolescents and the responsibility of the State to prepare and accompany them during the transition from the protection system to independent adult life.

"It was a huge job to make visible, that if we do not work on prevention and we do not adequately accompany this transition process, then the children return to us or return to the State, as users of other programs in much worse situations, at a much greater cost. for them or for the State, "Mariana stressed.

From Bolivia, Tessa Henwood-Mitchell of AUNT, presented the ValenTIA Project, which empowers adolescents and young people during their transition from the state protection system to independence, and provides support to create a life project that breaks the cycle of dependency with institutions.

Both TIA and Doncel are part of the Latin American Network of Protection Graduates, which aims to generate networks of linkage and approach between graduates and society. From Chile VE Global and Fundación Proyecto B are also part of this network.

Local initiatives

In the meeting, VE Global presented its initiative "I am independent", which this year 2017 has its second year of implementation, and which will support 60 young people between 15 and 18 years old - belonging to Sename protection homes -, in the process of transition to a life more autonomous

The Project B Foundation  He shared his experience of re-entering the labor market of young people who have broken the law, from a rights-based approach.  

While from the Ideas for Children Foundation They presented about the preparation for independent life from the voice of the protagonists, from their experiences during the implementation of their program VIDAA: Adolescent Autonomous Life, in the protection homes of Sename.  

A panel made up of the organizations belonging to ColungaHUB: Round; Football Plus, Pro Bono and Childhood First, discussed, from its perspective of action, the edges around the assisted discharge, and how they can improve the conditions of the young people who are currently part of the state protection system.

The vision from the INDH

Branislav Marelic, Director of the National Institute of Human Rights, emphasized the diagnosis they have observed as an institution. "The challenge for the systems is first to offer appropriate, relevant programs, to have a better resource structure, and to think that when children turn 18 in the protection system, the system does not have to simply leave them without giving them a chance to grow. . If they do not have an accompaniment, they are abandoned, "he said.

The National Institute of Human Rights, is working on a report on Sename, that allows to deliver pertinent recommendations to the State. "Once our report is issued, children will be permanently in the Institute's line of work," said the Director of the INDH.

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