WHO ARE WE?
Justice for Children (JCT) is a non-profit making organization, which was founded in 2002 by a group of registered lawyers to provide free legal services to minors in civil and criminal cases. The organization is registered as a Trust and this was done in December 2002. It was registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation under PVO07/12 in 2012. In assisting the minors JCT works with their natural or legal guardians. Among the factors that motivated the group are the escalating legal fees which cannot be afforded by many, the rising levels of poverty, the HIV and AIDS pandemic which is accompanied by problems of orphan hood, child headed households and the denial of children's rights, increasing cases of child sexual abuse and the absence of an organization which provides free legal services targeting at benefiting minors.
A Zimbabwe in which all children have access to justice and enjoy their human rights.
Justice for Children ensures access to justice to and the enjoyment of human rights by all children below the aged of 18 years through:
The provision of legal aid to children in difficult circumstances,
Empowering the children and adults on child protection laws and child rights and responsibilities, and
Research on issues affecting children and advocating for reform.
JCT is driven by child centeredness, teamwork, dedication, sensitivity, professionalism, transparency, accountability, confidentiality and innovation.
- To provide free legal services to children in difficult circumstances in civil and criminal matters,
- To empower the stakeholders and society on child protection laws and procedures to enable children to access justice,
- To research, lobby and advocate for legal, policy and attitude change in matters affecting children.
JCT has offices in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. It offers legal services to children in other centres like Chinhoyi, Bindura, Chegutu, Mhondoro, Mutasa, Kariba, Karoi and Mutare rural through the Legal Aid Mobile Clinics. The organisation however partners with other stakeholders throughout Zimbabwe in order to support children in those areas who may need legal services.