Founded in 1994

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Fields of Intervention:

DCI-Costa Rica was created in Costa Rica in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:

  • Access and right to education
  • Social Participation of children in issues concerning them
  • Creation of public policies and improvement on the capacity building in prioritizing children’s rights
  • Violence against children
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child labour
  • Sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking on children
  • Children with Incarcerated Parents

Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:

In recent years, DCI-Costa Rica has carried out inter alia the following projects:

  • Advocacy Campaigns
    DCI-Costa Rica takes part in several national, regional, and international networks that promote advocacy concerning violence against children, juvenile justice, and child labour. The ratification of the Third Optional Protocol of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was another focus of DCI-Costa Rica’s advocacy efforts.
  • “Zippy’s Friends” Project

This project is an activity of the broader action to promote quality education in Costa Rica. It aims at promoting emotional education with children aged between 5 and 8 years to develop their social skills. 858 children in first and second grade participated and parents were also included in the workshops that were organised to strengthen education.

  • Workshop to Prevent Violence and Promote Social Peace and Child Participation

Several other workshops were organised to promote the prevention of violence by teaching children about conflict resolution and train children on the importance of their participation as a right and as a social process in the country.

  • Regional Juvenile Justice Programme

DCI-Costa Rica also participates in the regional juvenile justice programme, developing a document entitled “Good practices in advocacy: defending the right to one’s own image in the juvenile justice process”. The organisation also lobbied against overcrowding of the juvenile center Zurquí. DCI-Costa Rica also prepared the launch of the Regional Juvenile Justice Observatory.

  • Regional Projects on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

DCI-Costa Rica coordinates this project, which focuses on direct care of victims of trafficking and other forms of violence. The goals are to review and improve legal, psychosocial, health, and education services. DCI-Costa Rica launched several other projects to prevent sexual exploitation, improve detection and treatment of victims, and train and inform children about the risks that they are exposed to.

  • 20th Anniversary of DCI-Costa Rica, alongside the 25th Anniversary of the CRC and 35th of DCI International.

Preparation and follow-up of the 20th anniversary of DCI-Costa Rica took place on 21st of July 2014 in ULATINA and it counted with the attendance of Ms. Sara Oviedo, Vice-president of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Among some other activities, sessions of Dialogues of Knowledge and Acquired skills on the Convention on the Rights of the Child were launched, as well as discussions about good practices on politic policies; furthermore, some comments were made on the 17 General Observations. These Dialogues (6 in total) continued until November when the conclusions and the final round table were held with the participation of Sara Oviedo.

  • Presentation on Myths and Realities about Children’s and Adolescents’ Human Rights: In accordance with the activities held for the 20th anniversary of DCI-Costa Rica, the organisation carried out a presentation about myths and realities when it comes to talk about children and adolescents human rights.
  • Promotion of the IV World Congress on Child and Adolescents’ Rights in Puebla, Mexico. November 2014

DCI-Costa Rica has promoted proactively the IV World Congress on Child and Adolescents Rights that was held between 12th and 14th of November 2014 in Puebla, Mexico, with the support of Save the Children and Red NATIC with representatives of a wide range of associations as Ms. Andrea Urbas from and from UN institutions members specialised on the Rights of the Child. This Congress had a special focus on the ratification of the 3rd Optional Protocol of the CRC, and the necessary end of the violence against children.

    • “CITS, Internet and Violence Against Children and Adolescents” (with the Costa Rica Government, UNICEF, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, prostitution and pornography and Independent Experts on violence against children from UN)
    • Next Step: Launch of the Campaign on “The 20 Civic Commitments for the Child and Adolescents’ Rights” in December 2014 by DCI-Costa Rica.
  • Reinforcing Links Between Incarcerated Mothers and Children, with Focus on Emotional Aspects and Assertive Communication
  • Socio-Educational Activities.

DCI-Costa Rica aims to promote Educational Support, Life Skills training, as well as conflict resolution workshops.

Success Stories/Testimonials:

Through their socio-educational activities, DCI-Costa Rica was able to directly assist 62 adolescents.

143 victims of trafficking and other forms of violence directly assisted.

With regards to the project reinforcing links between incarcerated mothers and children, DCI-Costa Rica was able to reach out to, and help 71 women and 121 children.