Fields of Intervention:
DCI-Mexico was created in Mexico in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:
- Juvenile Justice
- Children and Adolescents in conflict with the law
- Prevention of crime through artistic, cultural, sports alternatives and recreational activities
- Prevention of dropout of children/adolescents, family violence and addictions
- Child Participation
- Access to Education ( indigenous children) and Health Systems
- Social Reintegration
- Human Rights and Children’s Rights promotion and education
Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:
In recent years, DCI-Mexico has carried out inter alia the following projects:
- Adolescents in Conflict with the Law:
Two direct service programmes with adolescents and their families, and a software tool with a methodology to generate models of care, with trainings for staff responsible of diagnosis and treatment centres:
- Programme of Services during Legal Procedures: This programme promotes release measures for adolescents subject to legal proceedings, accused of having committed a crime, through comprehensive services in order to reintegrate them into society in a satisfactory and successful way. Services covered by this programme are: interviews for assistance of adolescents and families, development of individual and family diagnostics, legal defence, individual/ group/family orientation, crisis intervention, and personalised support during the legal process. By 2012, the programme offered 140 adolescents with legal aid.
- Community Probation Programme: The programme aims to generate social reintegration processes of adolescents with alternative measures to deprivation of liberty. Through this programme, familial/ educational/social interventions are integrated to prevent recidivism. The objectives of the programme are achieved through two projects which are the “Adolescent Education Programme” ( provides INEA / Bachelor, Computer Workshop, Human Development Workshops, communities, and recreational activities…) and the “Family Programme”.
- The Social Reintegration Programme aims at modelling and elaborating models based on methodology of Therapeutic Community, to promote the social reintegration of adolescents under criminal proceedings. This programme offers direct training to staff of Centres and training workshops for staff of the Directorate General for Adolescent Treatment.
- Centres of Prevention Communal REINTEGRA (CPC)
These Centres, located in the state of Guerrero, study and deal with crime through community prevention by providing artistic, cultural, sports, and recreational alternatives for the human development of children and adolescents. The aim is to keep them from dropping out of school and preventing family violence and addictions. REINTEGRA’s staff work with communities, families, and youth in the Guerrero, La Lagunilla and the historical centre, which are areas with a high crime rate. These Centres have 6 areas of work and by 2012 they assisted 2,972 people:
- Organisation and community participation
- Culture and Art
- Recreation and Sport
- Psychological and effective development
- Programme of the Alliance “Telmex-Reintegra” for Vulnerable Persons having Committed Minor Offences
The Telmex foundation and REINTEGRA set up an institutional alliance in favour of the most vulnerable parts of the Mexican population. The objective is to support persons with limited resources with bail. They are often being accused of misdemeanor and have been consequently deprived of their liberty in different prisons in the country. They still have the right to freedom even though they cannot access it in a concrete way. One of the programme’s priority areas are indigenous people living in extreme poverty. It tries to avoid that committing a minor offence implies, both in short and long term, a serious social cost with obvious personal/familial/social repercussions such as breakup of family life and reproduction of criminal behaviours. Consequently, beneficiaries of this programme have to meet the following requirements:
- Being first-time delinquents
- Lacking economic resources
- Having committed a minor offence
- Having a moral justification of having relatives or family who are responsible together with the beneficiary in the process of change and in achievement of the legal obligations contracted
- Being willing to collaborate in his social reintegration process by means of incorporation in spaces of specialised treatments
- Being resident of the place of the instruction of the offence committed
TO BE ADDED
- Book: “Comunidad Terapéutica Reeducativa para adolescentes privados de la libertad. Una propuesta para transitar de la cultura carcelaria a la cultura comunitaria”.
- Book: “Modelo para la prevención social del delito con adolescentes y jóvenes en contextos comunitarios”.