Children with Incarcerated Parents
When someone goes to prison, it can often mean a sentence for their whole family. This is especially true when the incarcerated person is a parent.
More than two million children across Latin America and the Caribbean have an incarcerated parent. These children often face stigma, discrimination and/or trauma. Many have watched police arrest their parent. They may have to move in with extended family to make ends meet without their parent's income. Their families often struggle financially.
No matter what their parents have done, these children are innocent. And they are often in need of special care and attention.
That's why CWS helped create Plataforma NNAPES. It's a regional coalition of organizations who focus on advocating for and protecting the rights of these children and their families. They envision a world where all children with incarcerated parents thrive and have their rights realized.
Alongside our partners, we work to raise the visibility of this issue. Together, we can shine a light on these invisible children.
Childhood That Matters
On International Day of the Girl, Wisdom from a Role Model
Felicia is a longtime friend of CWS from the Dominican Republic. CWS supports regional advocacy and support of children whose parents are incarcerated. Felicia participated in programs through our partner in the Dominican Republic, Caminante Proyecto Educativo. She has shared her own experience as the child of an incarcerated parent with international audiences and has helped bring attention to an …
From the Shadows to the Negotiating Table
In the face of coronavirus, prisons around the world have the makings of a tinderbox for an outbreak. Inmates live in cramped spaces. Sanitation conditions are often poor. Older inmates or those with health conditions live among the general population. In some cases, worried inmates have demonstrated and demanded protection when the virus arrives at their facility. One of these …
Celebration of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Highlights Voices of Children of Incarcerated Parents
Today in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest judiciary body in Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted a special session. Judges from the court heard directly from children affected by migration, incarceration and armed conflict. Two of the presenters, Hector from Nicaragua and …