The IBJ Youth Initiative mobilizes a network of young people from around the world to promote access to justice. Someone who is part of the IBJ Youth Initiative is engaged in our mission to end torture as an investigative tool. Mass incarceration and lack of access to lawyers are two key issues currently plaguing legal systems in many countries across the globe. Every day, many children and youth are incarcerated, destined to spend the most crucial years of their lives living in inhumane conditions, often for petty or non-existent crimes. These years spent in jails and prisons, with no access to rights, lawyers, courts, judges are pivotal, and often lead these children to fall into the vicious cycles of poverty, lack of education and criminal behaviour.

Youth are emerging as a powerful force in the global movement towards providing access to justice. As a group, they have consistently demonstrated their affinity for both fundraising and awareness efforts. Despite their talent, we do not believe that young people are being effectively utilized by key stakeholders in the worldwide justice movement. Technology is also not effectively integrated into this movement, with key stakeholders opting for dated advocacy methods that lag behind the current pace of technological advancement. Due to their command over technical advancements across sectors, young people are uniquely positioned to blend new technologies and youth activism to expand access to justice in economically developing countries.

The Youth for Youth Justice competition connects youth globally and improves juvenile access to justice. The competition, launched in 2020, selected applicants aged between 15 and 25 years. These Youth Justice Champions are the winners of the inaugural Youth for Youth Justice Competition, and they submitted impressive projects which will improve juvenile access to justice in their countries. The winners are from 3 continents and 12 countries, namely Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Thailand, Togo and Zimbabwe. The IBJ Youth movement is made by Youth, for Youth and is unlocking the changemaker potential of young people, helping them to enact change and support children and juveniles in prison.

Meet the Youth Justice Champions

 

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to mobilize youth as stakeholders in achieving IBJ’s goal of implementing due process rights and ending torture universally. We envision this initiative creating a global network of youth chapters who raise awareness about the issues that IBJ deals with. We see youth as a fundamental pillar in achieving IBJ’s mission.