Established in 1998
Defence for Children - Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) was founded in 1998 during the peak of Sierra Leonean civil war, a time when the rights of many child citizens were gravely violated. It was initially established to monitor and document violations of children’s rights and to provide legal assistance to child victims of violence and children in conflict with the law, including children who were detained and accused of being rebels.
DCI-SL has its head office in Freetown, and branch offices in five different districts with forty-five staff, spread over the four regions of Sierra Leone.
The main goal of DCI-SL’s work is to provide legal assistance, psychosocial and socio-economic empowerment for child victims of abuse/violence, children in conflict with the law and children in very vulnerable situations.
FIELDS OF INTERVENTION:
Defence for Children Sierra Leone operates in Sierra Leone, for and with children, carrying out initiatives for the protection and promotion of rights, in the following areas:
PAST AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS:
DCI Sierra Leone Key Strategies to implement projects:
DCI-SL has led civil society campaigns and given technical inputs for the development and passage of many child rights policies and legislative instruments, including: the Child Rights Act 2007, the National Child Justice Strategy, the National Age Verification Guidelines, the Child Abuse Referral Protocol, the National Child Reintegration Policy, to name but a few.
Through legal advocacy since 2003, DCI-SL has been able to secure justice for over 3,000 child victims of abuse/violence and also removed over 10,000 children from police cells, prisons and other detention facilities, and succeeded in reintegrating over 60% of them into their families and communities. In this regard, one of DCI-SL’s lawyers won the 2004 Reebok International Human Rights Award for the successful legal representation of children in conflict with the law and child victims of abuse in Sierra Leone.
DCI-SL has led civil society organizations to submit three UNCRC Alternative Reports to the Government of Sierra Leone and to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.
SOURCES OF FUNDING:
DCI-SL is the chair and coordinator of the Child Rights Coalition - Sierra Leone (CRC-SL); the most influential child rights network with a mandate to monitor and advocate for the government’s implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its Optional Protocols.
Contact person: Mr. KEMOKAI Abdul Manaff
Address:42, Siaka Stevens Street
Freetown, P.O. Box 1078
Phone 1 : (232) +33 594 365
Updated on July 2012