Justice Ministry Child Section Launches “Anti-Theft” Campaign

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The Child Justice Section (CJS) of the Ministry of Justice, with support from UNICEF, has launched a juvenile delinquency prevention campaign with emphasis against stealing, in the Borough of New Kru Town.
New Kru Town, a slum community, is one of the high-risk communities for juvenile crime.
The event will be a community dialogue aimed at discouraging juveniles from coming into conflict with the law, or simply being arrested for theft and other minor offenses.
The program is scheduled for Friday, August 28, at the New Kru Town Hall.
The Acting Coordinator for the Justice Ministry’s CJS, Ms. Tomah Kennedy, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia, said the campaign is intended to encourage juveniles to make better decisions and to avoid peer pressure that would lead them to commit crimes.
These series of dialogues will also address other issues like Super Friday, the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and juvenile violence.
She added: “Our ultimate goal is to stop children from getting into conflict with the law and being arrested and to encourage them to make better decisions for their future.”
Madam Kennedy pointed out that Friday’s program will comprise of a drama on the theme ‘stealing’ to be performed by the Ministry’s juvenile peer educators. There will be speeches, break-out group discussions and a raffle draw to climax the occasion.
“We are expecting that the juveniles in attendance who, after hearing this message, will spread the word to their friends and throughout their community,” said the Acting Coordinator.
“The slogan for this dialogue is ‘Think, Talk, Transform,’ with the concept that when we think about the problems and talk about solutions, we can transform lives,” she said.
“Earlier this year, we held a dialogue in Bong County where over 350 youth benefitted and discussed how to avoid delinquent behaviors. After New Kru Town, we will move on to another community,” said Ms. Kennedy.
Ms. Kennedy boasted that since the establishment of the CJS in 2010, there has been progress in the reduction of juveniles in prison.
She explained that the CJS was established to work along with the Judiciary to advocate for juveniles in detention, prevent juvenile delinquency and assist in anti-human trafficking and adoption issues.

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