One of the fundamental principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the right to participate. This relates to enable children and adolescents to play an active role in their communities and nations, with total freedom of expression and opinion on those matters that affect their lives.
Along these lines is that the Platform has created different spaces and moments for these children and youth to express and explain how the incarceration of their loved ones has impacted their lives.
Some of the youth that are part of these groups are the protagonist of some of the videos below. You can listen and learn from what they have to say:
This documentary, produced in Argentina by CWS and ACIFAD presents the voices and reflections of professionals and a girl and two youth that explain how the incarceration of a loved one has an impact on their lives.
Facundo is currently 17 years old (he was 15 at the time this was filmed), lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and participates in different programs of the Uruguayan organization, and member of the Platform, Gurises Unidos. When he was 13, his father was arrested and both he and his siblings had to assume the role of his father in the family, since they did not receive any support from the State. His testimony was used by representatives of Plataforma NNAPES, to begin the hearing at IACHR in October 2015.
A testimony from Argentina
Luana, 19, clearly explains how the imprisonment of a loved one has impacted in different ways and at different stages of her life and on her family.
Dominican children and adolescents share their stories
In April 2016 a project supported by the US embassy in the Dominican Republic was finalized. Among the results of this projects are these two videos. One that portrays some of the stories of youth impacted by the incarceration of their father and another one where Dominican professionals highlight the importance of making this type of exchanges.
Caregivers in Chile
In addition to giving voice to the children and youth, at Plataforma NNAPEs we believe it is important to listen to the voice of the caregivers of these children and youth, who are mostly women. As an example, we share a video produced by the Chilean organization EnMarcha, as part of a program where they develop strategies to support these women from the Sol Poniente neighborhood in Maipú, Santiago, Chile.
More videos from Enmarcha can be watched in their YouTube channel