Home and family

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC on “The Right of Boys and Girls to a Family. Alternative Care. Ending Institutionalization in the Americas”

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC

Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care. Ending institutionalization in the Americas”*.

Early childhood


Prevention and Responses to Violence against Young Children

Lima, 27 – 28 August 2012







Harmful Practices



Address Harmful Practices against Children

 With a Specific Focus on the Interplay between Children's Right to Protection from all forms of Violence and Customary and Religious Laws


Addis Ababa, 13-15 June 2012


No innocent bystanders: fighting child sexual abuse in the Caribbean

Marta Santos Pais - Fighting child sexual abuse in the Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica, 15 May 2012 – A nine-year old boy systematically raped by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work, an 18-month old baby boy dying because his inner organs were destroyed when his uncle raped him, a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.

Break the Silence on Child Abuse - UN Representative

Marta Santos Pais - Break the Silence on Child Abuse - UN Representative


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, has made an appeal for the region to "break the silence" surrounding child abuse to end the scourge, which is affecting a significant number of children.

UN RADIO NEWS (FRENCH)- Défis et opportunités dans la lutte contre la pornographie infantile

Marta Santos Pais Défis et opportunités dans la lutte contre la pornographie

Cette semaine dans Escale, coup de projecteur sur la lutte contre la pornographie infantile avec Marta Santos Pais, la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies contre la violence faite aux enfants.

La pornographie infantile existe hélas depuis que le monde est monde, mais avec l'arrivée des nouvelles technologies elle prend une ampleur sans précédent, selon la Représentante spéciale.

SRSG visits Japan to advance national efforts aiming at children's protection from all forms of violence

SRSG Santos Pais visits Japan

On a four day visit to Japan, the SRSG advocated for the strengthening of national legislation to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including within the home, fight child pornography and to promote the signature and ratification of the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2011.

The SRSG held important meetings with high level officials, including the Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, the Parliamentary League for Supporting Child-Line, the President of Parliamentarians for UNICEF and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, as well as with UNICEF Office and Japan Committee for UNICEF.

Joint Statement from the high-level round table on the role of Regional Organizations on the Protection of Children from Violence (2011)


We, the representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR Pro-Tempore Chairmanship of the Permanent Commission of the Initiative Nin@Sur, the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child participating, with UNICEF, in the first held meeting of Regional Organizations and Institutions on Violence against Children, organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC),

Gathered in New York to share lessons learned and reflect on good practices and priority areas of concern resulting from the regional processes promoted in our respective regions to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children,

Santo Domingo Declaration to prevent and address violence against children


Authorities from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic, gathered in Santo Domingo in a regional follow-up meeting to the UN Study on Violence against Children, adopted a strategic declaration to promote progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study.

Full text in Spanish

National Consultation on Social Justice for Children: To End Child Abuse and Violence Against Children

National Consultation Social Justice for Children To End Child Abuse / Violence

On November 4, 2011, the SRSG participated in a national consultation organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York as the founding institution of the interdisciplinary field of Children’s Studies and its Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service. The event aimed at drawing attention to the prevalence of all forms of violence against children and their maltreatment in the United States. This national consultation discussed critical dimensions concerning the widespread use of violence against children, and ways of effectively preventing its incidence, including in the home, in schools, in child protection systems, in juvenile/criminal justice systems, in health and mental institutions and in other social settings.