"This award is a very important recognition of the work we do as a Missions Office and together with Salesian missionaries across the world, in 136 countries, in favor of children and young people. The protection and education of the most vulnerable children are our raison d'etre. We are grateful for awards like this, which continue to give us energy to continue our mission," explained Fr José Antonio San Martín, SDB, Head of the Missions Office, after receiving the award.
Also awarded - besides "Misiones Salesianas" - were "Human Rights Watch", the Center for Juridical Studies, the psychologist Alessadro Padovani, Professor Terrie E. Moffit and Professor Barry Goldson. "The winners of this edition are an example of the values that this recognition seeks to promote, that is, broad and exceptional professional work that contributes to the progress of juvenile justice systems and the protection of the rights of children and young people all over the world," said the director of the OIGG, Francisco Legaz.
The International Observatory on Juvenile Justice (www.oijj.org/en) is a public service foundation based in Brussels, Belgium, which since 2002 has been working for the rights of children and young people at risk of social exclusion, especially those in conflict with the law or immersed in the cycles of youth violence and delinquency. The main objective of the Observatory is to promote fair and borderless juvenile justice.
It is a space for development, provider of services and the creation of shared knowledge that aims to promote the improvement of juvenile justice systems and policies, the implementation of international standards, the fostering of the skills of professionals in the sector and the exchange of good innovative practices.
The "Juvenile Justice Without Borders" awards were created by the OIGG to recognize the work of people and institutions fighting for human rights.