The core project under this is juvenile justice
Through comprehensive and coordinated efforts at ARF and local levels, this Program contributes to the reduction of children, youth crime and violence. ARF continues to strengthen the nation’s juvenile justice system, and supports prevention and early intervention programs that are making a difference for young people and their communities. We also provide programming and research support for outreach to juveniles and their families.
Children encounter unique obstacles to accessing justice mechanisms for seeking remedies to human rights violations. Providing access of justice for children requires “child sensitive mechanisms” that identify their needs and integrates their voices in justice systems. As a result of the challenges children face when accessing justice, The United Nations passed in April 2014 a third optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (OP3) enabling children to bring complaints about violations directly to the committee on the rights of the child if they have not found a solution at a national level. Improving access to justice for children can occur by examining the challenges faced by children, the use of alternative dispute mechanisms, collective litigation strategies, tactics to help child victims through the court process and how to use regional and international complaint mechanisms.
ARF formed and created Gender Desks in a number of police stations in the country, that respond to cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The GBV Prevention findings indicate many forms of GBV which include intimate partner violence and rape seen as normal, with the number and quality of services and resources available to survivors of GBV minimal despite policy level support and promised intervention being implemented by NGOs.
Women and girls are blamed for provoking GBV and in turn are ashamed and fear of reporting incidents concerning GBV. They are also unaware of the rights which protect them when they are faced with such circumstances.