Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) presented a report to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights entitled Report on the Situation of Children in the Care of the Jamaican State. The presentation was made on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the hearing of the 137th ordinary period of sessions at the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
In attendance at the hearing from Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) were Susan Goffe, Spokesperson, Shawn Wilkinson, Legal Counsel and Tiana McLean, Legal Researcher (Intern). The Jamaican Government representatives were Douglas Leys Q.C., Solicitor General, Attorney General’s Chambers, Alison Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Child Development Agency of Jamaica and O’Neil Francis, Assistant Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers.
The protection of the rights of children in Jamaica particularly those in the nation’s places of safety and children’s homes, has been an issue and concern for JFJ since 2003. JFJ has monitored and documented the situation of Jamaica’s children in both State and privately run homes with the hope that highlighting their problems will lead to improvements in their situation.