Javier works with many others – advocates, organisations and authorities – and has done things such as:
• Developing programs that give incarcerated children access to education, support, culture and sport, which can help them create a better life.• Developing programs where relatives of victims of crime can meet with incarcerated young people and support one another, allowing them to move on with their lives through healing dialogue instead of punishment and revenge.
• Giving incarcerated children the chance to get visits from their grandparents (not just from their parents, as used to be the case) and increasing the number of visiting days.
• Getting new laws passed that help young people serving life sentences, and that protect children and young people from violence and abuse when they are incarcerated along with adults.
• Protesting to stop solitary confinement and inhumane treatment of incarcerated children.
• Giving faith leaders the opportunity to work together for change alongside incarcerated children, victims of crime, schools, universities and organisations.
Text: Carmilla Floyd
Photos: Joseph Rodriguez