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Justice for Every Child

The concept of justice for children is a holistic one which seeks to improve respect for international standards for all children who come into contact with the justice and related systems whether as alleged offenders, victims/witnesses, or in relation to their care, custody and protection. Justice for Every Child project (2018-2021) is UNICEF’s project financed by the Swiss and Swedish governments.

Strategic Domain:
Justice
Status:
Ongoing
Strategic partner:
Republika Srpska, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Implementer:
United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF)
Project implemented in:
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Brčko District
Cantons:
Zenica-Doboj Canton, Tuzla Canton, Central Bosnia Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Canton 10, Sarajevo Canton, Una-Sana Canton
Municipalities (16):
Zenica, Tuzla, Trebinje, Travnik, Prijedor, Mostar, Livno, Kozarska Dubica, Grad Sarajevo, Grad Istočno Sarajevo, Doboj, Čapljina, Brčko distrikt, Bijeljina, Bihać , Banja Luka

Justice for Every Child builds on UNICEF’s previous project by capturing the momentum created, consolidating reforms, and ensuring the sustainability of key efforts. It has supported and built on a key milestone: the Republika Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Brcko District have adopted comprehensive legislation affecting justice for children— the Law on Protection and Treatment of Juveniles and Children in Criminal Proceedings. Building on these efforts, the Project supports authorities at State, Entity, Cantonal, and Municipal levels to enhance access to protection and services for children at-risk, children in conflict with the law, child victim/witnesses and children in civil proceedings which protect their rights, promote prevention, and reduce offending.

The overall objective of the Justice for Every Child is to improve the application of international standards in BiH so that children at-risk, child victims/witnesses, children involved in civil proceedings, and children in conflict with the law are better served and protected by the justice, security and social welfare sectors.