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International Secretariat

Defence for Children, DCI, International Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland and acts as the focal point for the movement at the international level, providing an invaluable link between DCI’s national sections and the United Nations.

The International Secretariat seeks updated information from DCI national sections in the field and uses this experience to focus and inform its international child rights advocacy. A key component of its mandate is to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to its national sections.

DCI’s International Secretariat also undertakes advocacy, monitoring, research, networking and information dissemination as a means of bringing pressing child rights concerns to the international agenda – particularly with regard to children’s rights in juvenile justice.

DCI’s commitment to working on child justice was reaffirmed at its most recent International General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2017. Here, DCI re-identified juvenile justice as its priority area of focus for advocacy and intervention at the international level along with three other thematic priorities (violence against children, children on the move, and children affected by armed conflict) and three cross cutting issues (children deprived of liberty, gender, and child participation).

Permanent Staff of the International Secretariat:

Executive Director 


Advocacy Officer


Project Officer – Advocacy and Outreach  

The work of the International Secretariat is also generously supported by a number of interns and volunteer translators. Contact Us

Office of Defence for Children International – International Secretariat, 1 Rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland

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