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Justice Ministry launches child protection section at LNP

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Deputy Justice Minister, Wheatonia Barnes
Deputy Justice Minister, Wheatonia Barnes

(elbcradio.com/June 11, 2015)-The Justice Ministry says it has established a child protection section to address the challenges affecting Liberia’s juvenile justice system.

Deputy Justice Minister, Wheatonia Barnes, said the establishment of the Child Protection Section is a necessary initiative.

She said the Section establishment’s necessity is drawn from the devastation  the 14-year civil crisis rendered the country’s physical and organizational structures, including the juvenile justice system.

Cllr. Barnes said the Section, set up with support from the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNCEF), will coordinate child justice issues, including legislative advocacy, policy formulation, child trafficking, among others.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Deputy Minister Barnes spoke Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the opening of a training program in Monrovia.

The training program centers on the Fundamentals of Child Protection for Officers of the Women and Children Protection Section at the Liberian National Police (LNP).
The Deputy Justice Minister then commended UNICEF for providing funding to support the work of the Women and Children Protection Section.

The section is responsible for issuing immigration clearance for juvenile adoptees and children with special medical needs, Cllr. Barnes added.

 


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