The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, issued a presidential mandate for the construction of a comprehensive care center in Ciudad del Niño following a request made by Attorney General Dominguez Brito in September 2013, who pushed for a facility for young adolescents in conflict with the law. It’s now the largest facility of its kind in the country.
Attorney General of the Republic, Francisco Dominguez Brito, led the inauguration of the Center Comprehensive Care for Adolescents in Conflict with the Law, located in Ciudad del Niño. The center has a holding capacity of 150 inmates who will receive broad services including social rehabilitation, life skills development, job training and medical care.
Saschia Seibel, Director of Entrena’s Alerta Joven project, Elisane Alemar from USAID, and Silvia Viñals of IDDI (Alerta Joven’s implementing partner), were all in attendance of the ceremony and are shown in the group shot.
A heartfelt testimony was given by Alerta Joven’s 18-year-old program participant, Gabriel Mena, who shared how his life has been impacted since he began participating in the youth development project.
Delivering the keynote speech to conclude the event, Dominguez Brito, highlighted the efforts to improve the rehabilitation system for children and adolescents involved in conflict. He also stressed the importance of projects such as Alerta Joven, emphasizing the benefits of Alerta Joven’s “SuperCamp” program for young inmates. The program was conducted in July 2014 as part of a rehabilitation program that worked to successfully reintegrate juveniles back into society.