Defence for Children International (DCI)


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About Us

Defence for Children International (DCI) is an independent non-governmental organisation that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights for over 25 years. On a regional, national and local level, DCI is active through its associated members and national sections in 46 countries across the globe. All national sections and associated members design their programs according to the specific needs and priorities of the children in their respective countries, focusing on various areas of work, including juvenile justice, child labor, child rights’ to education, child participation and children in armed conflict, among others.

Located in Geneva, DCI’s International Secretariat (IS) is the focal point of DCI as an international movement. The IS focuses mainly on lobbying, research and advocacy work, primarily around the issue of juvenile justice, as well as carrying out technical assistance and capacity building to its national sections