Providing Legal Aid as the core programme of the organisation in which children, mostly through their parents or guardians and custodians, are given legal assistance in criminal and civil cases.
Help Saving Children
We carry out researches on issues affecting children & document the findings which are then used to lobby & advocate for policy & law reform.
PROVIDING Legal Education
The organisation empowers adults and children on child protection laws and procedures
through workshops, awareness campaigns and meetings so that they take appropriate action, including
seeking legal redress, where children’s rights are violated.
Welcome to Justice for Children, an organisation formed in view of the rising levels of poverty which were accompanied by escalating legal fees making it impossible for many to access justice. The HIV and AIDS pandemic also weighed in with the problems of orphanhood, child headed households and denial of children’s rights in cases like inheritance. Child abuse in all forms was on the increase and the children needed support as they go through the justice system.
Justice for Children (JCT) ensures access to justice to and the enjoyment of human rights by all children below the aged of 18 years through: The provision of legal aid to children in difficult circumstances; Empowering the children and adults on child protection laws and child rights and responsibilities, and; Research on issues affecting children and advocating for reform.
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“Jail is not a place to live in… I will never do that again, all I want is to take care of my baby in a conducive environment. I was already picturing myself in jail but the JCT lawyer proved me wrong, I am free now” – said Mary , a 16 year old who was happy to be released from Khami Prison to Sandra Jones Centre after being convicted for neglecting a child.
“I am afraid, Luba lied and said I was there yet I was not even there. What if I’m convicted for an offence I never committed”
“I am happy my child is free now, I was worried she was going to have a criminal record at a very young age. I was even worried as to how she was going to present her case in court because she is just a child and is very scared. The JCT Lawyer gave me hope and she represented my child. I’m glad she was found not guilty and acquitted”
“I do not want to go back home, I am happy here. Thank you”, said 7 year Rufaro who was all smiles and had already made new friends at Khayelihle Children’s Home after JCT facilitated her placement in the home.
“I committed the offence because I was broke and I needed the money. My friend Ben betrayed me because he sold all the car parts and did not even give me the money. I was afraid I was going to rot in jail. I wish I could go back to school so that I can do better things than stealing. I would not want to go back home as my relationship with mum has soured and after all she can’t take me to school. I am happy JCT assisted me and recommended that I be taken to North Court for rehabilitation purposes. There I can attend school and move on with my life.” said Tinashe who had been convicted for car-jacking.