A worldwide movement for children's rights

Defence for Children International (DCI) is an international human rights organization that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights for 30 years.

DCI is represented in over 40 countries worldwide through its national sections and associated members, each working on child rights issues that are relevant to their national contexts, ranging from juvenile justice, putting a stop to child labour, child trafficking and violence against children to promoting child participation in society.

DCI’s International Secretariat, located in Geneva, is the focal point of the organization. It represents DCI’s mission at international level and develops projects which promote child rights globally and which support the activities and growth of DCI’s national sections and associated members.

Our mission

Defence for Children International is dedicated to ensuring on-going, practical, systematic and concerted international action directed towards promoting and protecting the rights of the child, as articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), its optional protocols, and all the other human rights instruments.

Our vision

Children should enjoy and exercise their rights in a just and responsible society.