On the 7th of october 2020 from 3pm to 4.30pm CET an international webinar of global experts gathered to discuss new resources to help professionals dealing with the situation of children deprived of liberty in time of covid 19.

Terre des hommes partnered with Baker Mckenzie, IBCR, PRI and AIMJF, to create a resource which aims to accelerate the release of children from detention around the world, during COVID-19. The web page, which includes a policy and practice brief, as well as operational guidelines, aims to provide urgent guidance to those working in youth justice. The resources provided summarise international legal instruments and regional mechanisms that are relevant to evaluating the circumstances of children in these settings, and present a set of policy recommendations, illustrated by practical examples of rapid response actions to realise children’s fundamental rights.

This advocacy project is part of a wider new initiative launched by Terre des hommes, justicewithchildren.org, which aims to:

• Make children’s rights effective worldwide,

• Promote access to justice and participation of children in formal, and informal justice systems,

• Improve the connection between justice for children and child protection systems,

• Assess the use of deprivation of liberty and promoting non-custodial measures worldwide,

• Exchange practice-oriented strategies to reduce and prevent juvenile crime and proposing effective responses to recidivism.


Barbara is an Executive Director of the Terre des hommes Foundation since 1 January 2020. In her 20 years with the ICRC, spent both in the field and at headquarters, Barbara Hintermann has acquired a thorough knowledge of humanitarian action and its ecosystem. She then headed the foundation Initiatives and Change Switzerland, which is active in the promotion of peace in the world. Since January 2020, Barbara Hintermann is the Executive Director of the Terre des hommes Foundation in Lausanne.
Angela is a Partner and Executive Director of Pro Bono at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. Ms. Vigil's works in different areas of public interest law. Her specialty is in children's law where she has an active practice in the representation of children in trial courts, appeals, human rights forums, and public policy. She has been honored for her work in human rights, pro bono and children's advocacy. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues including U.S. Supreme Court decision relevant to defenders, human rights, pro bono practice, She helped lead the first-ever White House Hackathon on foster care and technology and has continued the work started there in other technology developments around the country focusing on at risk and vulnerable children and youth. She is a leader in the American Bar Association, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Florida Bar Foundation, and the Global Center on Cooperative Security.
Cédric Foussard is an expert on justice for children, working at the international level. Foussard is currently coordinator of the Global Initiative on Justice with children and is Advocacy and Global Learning Senior Advisor for Terre des hommes Foundation. For more than a decade he was Director of The International Juvenile Justice Observatory, an international not-for-profit organisation that promotes a global approach to child rights, especially for children in conflict with the law. He has contributed to several international and European publications on access to justice for children.
Yann Colliou is the head of the Terre des hommes Foundation Juvenile Justice Programme. He has 25 years of experience in the fields of humanitarian aid and development aid, particularly in the areas of child protection, juvenile justice, psychosocial support and the fight against violence against children. He holds a master’s degree in Action and Humanitarian Law. Since 2013, he has been guiding more specifically his work and reflections on customary justice in developing countries, supervising research and implementation of pilot activities in this field in Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Colombia and Burkina Faso.
Ann Skelton is a Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria, where she holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa. She is also the Director of the Centre for Child Law which promotes children’s rights in South Africa through advocacy, law reform, research and litigation. She is a practicing lawyer who often appears in South African courts, arguing landmark children’s rights cases. Ann is member of the United Nations Child Rights Committee.
Philip Jaffé is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, full Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland since 2008. Philip has been Director of the Center for Children’s Rights Studies. He is currently a member of the United Nations Child Rights Committee. Philip is also Board Member of the Swiss Center for Expertise in Human Rights and the International Institute for the Rights of Child. He is a Court-appointed expert in numerous civil and penal judicial cases involving children and families.
Ms. Taghreed Jaber is the Regional Director for Penal Reform International (Middle East & North Africa). Ms. Taghreed leads the organization’s regional engagement with decision makers, donors and relevant stakeholders, and is an integral advocate for penal reform within the International team, which focuses on juvenile delinquency issues, prison reform, women in detention, pre-trial detention, combating violent extremism in prison and arbitrary detention. Ms. Jaber also participated in drafting and reviewing many of the UN standards in relation to penal reform, she worked within a team of experts on formulating the UN Bangkok Rules; for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measurers for Women Offenders, and the Nelson Mandela Rules; UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Marta Gil is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Coordinator for the Access to Justice Program at Tdh for the past five years. She previously worked in the MENA region with Oxfam as gender justice advisor and with ActionAid as child protection and GBV coordinator. Earlier, she led the legal and justice part of the Global Study on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism working with ECPAT International and later as part of team of UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office. The professional trajectory of Marta includes as well experiences with the corporate social responsibility sector at KMPG in charge of the legal pro-bono department, with the Council of Europe as gender advisor in Rule of Law projects as well as seven years as a state lawyer specialized in child protection and GBV cases in Spain.
Guillaume Landry is a specialist in child protection. He was the Young Ambassador for action against anti-personnel mines (2002—2003) for UNICEF Quebec and was on the team researching the commercial sexual exploitation of children at the ECPAT International network in Bangkok. Also, he was a Child Protection Advisor for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Research Specialist and Project Manager in West Africa on behalf of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, and consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, GIZ, Save the Children and the Canadian International Development Agency. He also worked with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in updating the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations training module on child protection. He became Director of Programmes and Development at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) in September 2006 and was named Director General in April 2014.
Nicole Ford is an associate in the New York office of Baker McKenzie. While her primary practice focus is U.S. state tax planning and controversies, Nicole has extensive pro bono experience and has been involved with pro bono matters for her entire career, including volunteering with the New York low-income taxpayer clinic and assisting non-profit companies with obtaining federal tax exemptions. Nicole has also assisted with a number of the firm's pro bono initiatives, including children's rights projects and serving as a team lead in the creation of the Homeless Youth Handbook. Nicole worked most recently with Terre des hommes to prepare the operational guidelines applicable to legal professionals working with children in the time of COVID.
Manfred Nowak is an Austrian human rights lawyer, who served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. He is Secretary General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, Italy; Professor of International Human Rights and Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and a former judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016, he was appointed Independent Expert leading the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.