Ministry of Home Affairs – Juvenile Justice Department signs Memoranda of Understanding with the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic

Today, the Ministry of Home Affairs- Juvenile Justice Department (MOHA-JJD) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic (GLAC) and Blossom Inc. to assist juveniles in contact with the law.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between MOHA-JJD and GLAC, enabling the Juvenile Justice Department (JJD) to work with GLAC in ensuring all juveniles in contact with the law are in receipt of their Birth Certificates to determine whether they are criminally responsible

Ms. Ayo Dalgety –Dean, Managing Director. Mae Toussaint Jr.Thomas – Permanent Secretary and Director of Juvenile Justice- Joan Ann Edghill-Stuart

GLAC will inform the General Register Office of the list of juveniles to obtain Birth Certificates to enable timely access to justice and to be qualified for admission into diversionary programmes and/ or closed or open residential facilities. 

Meanwhile, the Memorandum of Understanding signed between MOHA-JJD and BLOSSOM INC. is to enable Blossom Inc. to conduct Forensic Interviews and gather information about incidents of alleged sexual or child abuse in a manner that will yield information from the Juvenile and stand up to scrutiny in court.

Further, to provide a combination of behavioural and family therapy for juveniles who are in contact or conflict with the law and who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, behavioural problems and other difficulties related to traumatic life experiences.