Liberia
Founded in 2009

Contact Details:

  • Contact person: MR. KAWAH, Foday M.
  • Address: Airfield New Road, Monrovia, Liberia
  • Phone 1: (+231) 886 407 054
  • Phone 2: (+231) 886 843 197
  • Email: dciliberia@gmail.com

Fields of Intervention:

In 2009, DCI-Liberia was created an established in order to promote and defend the human rights of children. It develops its own programs according to Liberian children’s needs and priorities and is registered in accordance with the Liberian NGO Law. Today, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:

  • Child labour and child trafficking
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse of children
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Human rights and children’s rights education and education on Gender-based violence

Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:

In this very moment, DCI-Liberia has several ongoing projects, some of them are:

·         Addressing gender-based violence and promoting socio-economic

empowerment of girls and young women

One active project within reducing gender-based violence and promote socio-economic empowerment of girls and women is the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) which DCI-L currently is working on within Bomi county. The Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) is a 5-year joint programme by Plan Nederland, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Defence for Children – ECPAT Netherlands. The GAA is led by Plan Nederland and is implemented in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

GAA brings awareness to gender-based violence in the form of commercial sexual exploitation of children, sexual violence and abuse, female genital mutilation/cutting, child trafficking and child marriage. The programme mobilises key decision makers to address harmful social norms and values. These norms and values often keep people from demanding justice and from playing a positive role in the protection of girls and young women from harmful practices and from motivating them to explore their full potential.

 

The GAA envisions a world wherein all girls and young women enjoy equal rights and opportunities, and benefit equally from development outcomes.

 

Promoting children’s rights in juvenile justice in Liberia

DCI-Liberia with support from United Nations Development Program (UNDP)  is currently implementing a project that gear towards strengthening the rule of law in Liberia as well as providing Justice and Security for Children in Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties. This Project is ensuring access to justice by providing free legal services for children, disadvantaged people such as the disabled, elderly and women etc. in direct conflict with the law and victims of human rights abuses such as rape and related issues. It intends to also work with the Liberia justice system to enhance child justice framework through training, empowerment on international human rights standards in dealing with child offenders at detention centers, judicial proceedings, victims of abuses etc. for police, judicial personnel and local communities, based structures in order to respond to Juvenile Justice.

In the wake of the on-going intervention; DCI-Liberia is providing free legal representation for vulnerable children caught in various categories of offences such as: theft of properties, Misapplication of entrusted property, affray, malicious damage to property etc. within the criminal Justice system of Liberia.

 

Elimination and reduction of Child Trafficking

The project will seek to empower local community-based structure and justice professionals to respond to, reduce and with the goal to end Child Trafficking in Liberia. It will provide free legal services for children in direct conflict with the law and victims of human rights abuses such as in this case, Child Trafficking. This may lead to provide much needed support for survivors of trafficking and related issues for their access to justice, protection, and social reintegration, together with fostering regional collaboration and cross regional opportunities for learning, sharing and joint action towards shared goals with bordering countries as well as preventing and responding to internal and cross-border child trafficking. DCI-Liberia is also an organization people can call if they see or suspect Child Trafficking.

Cooperation with Internet Watch Foundation to tackle online sexual abuse
DCI-Liberia is during the fall of 2018 starting up a cooperation with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF is an independent non-profit organization that works internationally to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse. The work is to set up an IWF Portal, a quick-to-set-up solution that allows countries to tackle online child abuse images and videos.

This will be a good way for DCI-Liberia to develop and continue its work towards eliminate all kinds of sexual violence against children.

 

Success Stories/Testimonials:

In the Tubmanburg, Bomi County, a girl was allegedly raped. DCI-Liberia reported the alleged rape case to the Bomi Police Station through the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and it was subsequently reported to the Gender Ministry by the Gender Coordinator who has an oversight responsibility over child related issues.
A joint action point was reached in which an Assessment Committee was established to assist the government in investigating and gathering evidence. Meanwhile, the assessment committee paid a visit to the site in which the incidence occurred and collected evidence that was used in the prosecution of the alleged perpetrator. It was against this back drop, that the alleged perpetrator was arrested and taken to police custody in Bomi county. The alleged perpetrator was later taken for preliminary investigation and charged for the crime of rape. He was subsequently tried in court.

The Assessment Committee whose membership composition comprises local and international partners has been mandated to conduct regular follow-ups on prosecution proceedings. The alleged perpetrator was charged and tried in the Circuit of Bomi and was rendered a guilty verdict of 10 years imprisonment for the crime of rape.

The project that gear towards strengthening the rule of law in Liberia as well as providing Justice and Security for Children have reached a number of outputs and goals, some examples are:
Provided 42  Children  with legal representation on a Pro bono basis in the criminal justice system by lawyers and Case workers; retained 3 Lawyers to provide Free legal representation, Education and psychosocial support services; Establish 3 socio-legal defence centres in Montserrado, Bomi & Grand Cape Mount Counties; a community based child Protection structure, (9) Civil Society Actors, (9)Customary Officers adjudicating cases at the community level on Child Rights & Protection,  GBV Prevention & Response Mechanism, Case management, Community Reporting Referral Pathway , Legal instruments including the Children’s Law of Liberia etc., Conducted  4 community awareness and sensitization campaigns messages on free legal aid, violence perpetrated against children including the messages on the referral of cases, Produced  and distributed  2500 Information Education & Communication (IEC) materials portraying behavioral change messages, legal aid, messages on the reporting referral pathway, Messages on the roles of parents, the Community and the government in the administration of juvenile justice standards, and hosted  7Press conferences/Radio Talk Shows on child rights violations.