The publication is an effort of the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), a project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (the Center) at American University Washington College of Law to support the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment (SRT), a position that Professor Juan Méndez held from November 2010 to October 2016. The Center created the ATI in 2012 as part of its mission to develop new tools and strategies for the creative advancement of international human rights norms. During the time of Professor Méndez’s mandate, the ATI expanded the strategies used by the SRT in furtherance of its mandate by supporting, monitoring, and assessing implementation of his recommendations, and providing a multi-dynamic model for effective and comprehensive country-specific and thematic follow-up, in areas such as the torture and ill-treatment of children deprived of liberty.
In the aftermath of Professor Méndez’s mandate, the ATI has continued its role as a foremost player in the global movement against torture, by continuing to work closely with partners from international agencies, regional organizations, governments and policy-makers, and actors from civil society and academia, in an effort to have a positive impact on the landscape of efforts to fight and prevent torture worldwide, in particular when it affects the most vulnerable and marginalized persons worldwide, such as children deprived of liberty.
This publication includes the article ‘A Model of Psychosocial Intervention for Children Deprived of Liberty in a Juvenile Justice Framework: Efficiency Through International Standards’, whose authors are the IJJO Chairman, Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes, as well as Juan José Periago Morant, Criminal Law professor and jurist at the ‘Pi Gros’ youth detention centre (Spain), and Amparo Pozo Martínez Technical Director at Fundación Diagrama (Spain).
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