Mexico ranks first in the world in physical violence and homicide of children under 14 years of age. Rapes in this population group increase year after year so it is urgent to implement solutions. Four girls and boys die daily from violence. The widespread presence of organized crime cartels and social inequity greatly affects children who are regularly traumatized. Eight out of every 10 sexual abuse cases against minors, the abuser is a family member. In the Mexican court system, a minor’s testimony is rarely taken into account. Only the victim’s parents or guardians are legally capable of filing a criminal complaint in family law cases, even though sometimes the child’s parents and guardians are responsible for the abuse.
ASCDEM (Agrupation (Organization) Society for the Civil Defense of Minors) is a bilingual child protection organization that puts the needs of victims of child abuse first as a human right and assists local communities to facilitate reports of child abuse effectively and efficiently. ASCDEM is in the process of creating mobile Child Advocacy Centers (CACs). The CAC provides a child-friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children.
ASCDEM has assembled a team of professionals and advocates, but we lack the desperately needed funding to create the needed mobile CACs and need your help. By sponsoring ASCDEM, you can help us thank the dedicated people whose work helps keep our communities safe and provides healing with hope to the youngest victims. Your donation will also help us continue our ultimate goal of changing the way Mexico responds to crimes against children by building a strong network.
On behalf of the staff, volunteers, advocates, and most importantly the children, we would like to thank you in advance for your commitment to the defense movement for children in Mexico. These children depend on your support.
For more about our organization and mobile CACs, visit our website: https://ascdem.org/
- Melanie Antonacci
- AJ Wacaser
- Beth Melton