Platforma NNAPEs (acronym for Children with Incarcerated Parents in Spanish) is a strategic alliance of Latin American and Caribbean organisations which works with and for children and youth with incarcerated parents (and relatives). The Platform works in defence and promotion of their rights, following the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments and standards.
This Platform started to form following the publication of the study Invisible No More (Invisibles: ¿Hasta cuándo? in Spanish), which formed a trigger point for actions to be taken, causing positive repercussions amongst state authorities and civil society actors in different countries within the region.
The Platform´s main objective is to implement actions and activities so “Children and youth of incarcerated parents are empowered to stand up for their rights and participate in advocacy actions so their specific needs are taken into consideration by national and regional public policies.”
The specific objectives that guide the work of the Platform are:
- Generate studies and knowledge about the reality of Children of Incarcerated Parents in the region.
- Encourage youth participation in advocacy and awareness raising actions.
- Lead advocacy, capacity building and awareness raising actions with civil society organizations, states and international agencies on behalf of the almost 2.000.000 COIP in the region.