16 April 2024


In Latin America and the Caribbean, violence has become part of the everyday life of children and adolescents.  Our region is considered one of the most violent in the world. It is time to stop the cycle of violence. Logo reads violence generates more violence #CutTheViolence List by countries Helplines | How does violence get hidden? |…, Violence is always violence, Violence does not occur in isolation. Acts of violence should not be treated as stand-alone incidents but as events rooted in the lives of children and adolescents. Violence is a cycle that generates more violence.   Children and adolescents who experience violence are more likely than others to experience other types of violence later in life or…, How does violence get hidden?, There are many ways of justifying and thereby hiding violence. If people can make it seem natural, it will carry on happening.  It can be disguised as affection, custom, or a form of parenting or education. It might even be disguised as a practice within sports, fashion, music, or a challenge on social media, among many other things.  It also…, What do you need to know about violence to make it stop?, There are three forms of violence: Sexual violence. Violent death, especially as a result of armed violence. Corporal punishment and psychological aggression, used as disciplinary methods. Definitions: Violent discipline  Corporal punishment  Severe corporal punishment Psychological aggression  Any corporal punishment or psychological aggression.…, What we need to do?, To end violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF urges governments to:   Adopt laws that fully prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. Amend national legislation to align with international standards regarding the criminalization of child sexual abuse and exploitation and protection of child victims. Invest in…, Parenting tips
16 April 2024

Country guide: Helplines for violent situations against children and adolescents

UNICEF is calling for efforts to identify all situations of violence against children. It is necessary to become aware of the situation and recognize cases of violence and break the cycle of violence trapping millions of children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Children and adolescents who experience violence are more likely…, Bandera Argentina Argentina, Línea telefónica de los chicos (Children's telephone line) Contact: Telephone line 102. This free and confidential telephone service for children and adolescents offers listening, support and guidance. It also conducts interventions, jointly with other government agencies, in situations of rights violations.  Web  , Bandera de Belice Belize, Domestic violence helpline Contact: 0800 292 96 88 (0800 A WAY OUT)  Web, Bandera Bolivia Bolivia, La línea de emergencia a la violencia (Emergency violence hotline) Contact: Dial the free telephone line 156 that provides assistance to victims of violence, including children and adolescents.  Web, Bandera de Brasil Brazil, Red de asistencia y protección social (Social assistance and protection network) Contact: Telephone line 100 Web TECA Contact: +55 21 2589 5656 123Alô! Contact: 0800 0 123 123, Bandera Chile Chile, Fonoinfancia Contact: Toll-free phone line: 800 200 818 Telephone: 800 116 111 WhatsApp: +56 9 3082 2187 Web, Bandera Colombia Colombia, ICBF Colombia (Colombian Institute of Family Welfare) Contact: Telephone line 141, phone line 106 in Bogota Web   TeGuio Colombia (sexual violence) Contact: Helpline number 018005190690 or text messages to WhatsApp 314 821 0435 Web  , Bandera Costa Rica Costa Rica, Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (National Children's Trust)  Contact: Line 1147, Bandera Cuba Cuba, Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (National Revolutionary Police - PNR) Contact: PNR 106/Attorney General's Office: 802 12345 Centro de Protección a Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes (Centre for the Protection of Children and Adolescents) Contact: La Habana: 72125419 Villa Clara: 42207124 Santiago de Cuba: 22692552 Consejería del Centro A+ espacios…, Bandera República Dominicana Dominican Republic, Línea de ayuda familiar (Family helpline) Contact: 809-636-3507 WhatsApp: 849-258-4479 Web   YouTube, Bandera Ecuador Ecuador, Servicio Integrado de Seguridad ECU 911 (Integrated Security Service) Emergencies of all kinds, including reports of violence. Contact: 911 Web   Ministerio de la Mujer y Derechos Humanos (Ministry of Women and Human Rights) Care centres (violet centres) and shelters for women victims of violence. Web   Juntas Cantonales de Protección de Derechos…, Bandera El Salvador El Salvador, Consejo Nacional de la Primera Infancia, Niñez y Adolescencia (National Council for Early Childhood and Adolescence) Contact: 119 helpline, available 24 hours a day Web Juntas de Protección de Niñez y Adolescencia (Childhood and Adolescence Protection Boards) Web  , Bandera de Granada Grenada, Sweet Water Foundation Child Helpline Contact: 473-800-4444 WhatsApp: 473-537-STOP (7867), Bandera de Jamaica Jamaica, Safe Spot A confiential and secure 24-hour helpline for children and adolescents.  Contact: 888-SAFE-SPOT (888-723-3776) WhatsApp: 876-439-5199 Instagram and Snapshat: @safespotja, Bandera México Mexico, Línea de emergencias (Emergency line) Contact: 9-1-1, Bandera de Nicaragua Nicaragua, Ministerio de la Familia (Family Ministry) Contact: Line 133, Bandera Panamá Panama, Centro de atención ciudadana (Citizen Help Centre) Contact: Phone line 311  Sección de atención primaria del Ministerio Público (Primary Care Section of the Public Ministry's Office) Contact: 520-1047/1053 Secretaría Nacional de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia (National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family) Contact: 6378-3466, Bandera Paraguay Paraguay, Fono Ayuda Contact: Line 147 Web, Flag of Suriname Suriname, Línea de ayuda para niños, niñas y adolescentes (Helpline for children and adolescents) The helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: 123 toll free phone line WhatsApp +597 850-7038. , Bandera de Trinidad y Tobago Trinidad and Tobago, ChildLine Trinidad and Tobago Contact: 131 y 800-4321, Bandera Uruguay Uruguay, Instituto del niño y adolescente de Uruguay (Uruguayan Institute for Children and Adolescents) Contact: Blue line 0800 5050 Web   Asesoramiento mujeres víctimas de violencia (Counselling for women victims of violence) Contact: 0800 4141 Cell phone: *4141, Bandera de Venezuela Venezuela, Ministerio Público (Public Ministry) Deals with cases of violence against children, adolescents and women Contact: 0800 FISCA 00 (08003472200) Web    
04 April 2024

Colombia: Mine action, an essential step to consolidate peace

On International Mine Awareness Day, we share the stories of Josué and Maribel, two adolescents who survived a landmine accident in Tumaco, South of Colombia, and who became an example of courage and resilience. They are also an example of everything we still need to do to ensure that these devices do not continue to generate new victims in…, "That's what it's all about, you have to keep on playing": Josué, 17 years old, Jose is walking down a ramp On 16 December 2022, Josué's life changed when he stepped on an antipersonnel mine with his left leg. It was December 16, 2022. Six days earlier, on December 10, Josué had turned 16. The cocoa plants were ready to be harvested in Santo Domingo El Progreso, a village in Tumaco, Nariño, very close to the border with…, "In the beginning I wanted to quit studying." , Josue raises his hand during class Josue's accident did not cause him to drop out of school and he only missed a month of classes. Since Josué's accident was in December, part of his recovery time was during the end-of-year vacations. Unlike other cases, the accident did not cause him to drop out of school and he only missed a month of classes…, "My dream is to become a lawyer to fight against injustice”: Maribel, 17 years old, Maribel walks on the beach Maribel, on the beaches of Tumaco, a city on the South Pacific coast of Colombia. She presents herself gracefully. "I am Maribel, I am 17 years old, I live in Tumaco and I am a happy person who’s constantly laughing. I see the bright side of life: as long as there is life, you have something to go on.  If you breathe,…, Stand up, recover dreams and insist on them , Maribel's father is holding her steady while she puts on her prosthesis Fredy, her father, accompanies and supports Maribel. Not only did he carry her out after the accident and give her first aid, forgetting his own wounds, with shrapnel from the explosion, but he accompanied her during her stay in Pasto and continues to be by her side, like all…
01 April 2024

Crisis in Haiti

Political turmoil, civil unrest, violence, crippling poverty and natural disasters: This deadly combination is jeopardizing the well-being and future of Haiti’s children. More than 3 million children – the highest number on record in Haiti – require humanitarian support.   Despite the insecure and volatile environment, UNICEF is working with…, What’s happening in Haiti?, Even before the current crisis, Haiti was the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, having experienced decades of inadequate basic services and a lack of human capital development, combined with extremely high inequality, marginalization and social exclusion.   These challenges have been compounded by the proliferation of armed groups who are…, How is the crisis affecting children in Haiti?, Una mujer carga a su bebé en la clínica de vacunación del Hospital Inmaculada Concepción en Haití Children and families are enduring relentless waves of brutal violence perpetrated by armed groups. Each day brings new horrors, the loss of loved ones, homes destroyed, and an ever-present shadow of fear. Children are being killed or injured on their…, How is UNICEF helping children in Haiti?, Un niño sonríe mientras revisa el contenido de una mochila negra con el logo de UNICEF Despite the highly volatile environment, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to protect families and provide life-saving support, including for those who are trapped and cut off from essential services. Together with the Government and partners, UNICEF is helping to…, Donate to support UNICEF’s work for Haiti’s children