Costa Rica: Improving Drug-Abuse Prevention Responses

On July 29, NCSC carried out a validation workshop for a juvenile justice protocol to respond to scenarios involving substance abuse and young people. This protocol will serve as a framework for managing interactions among the Costa Rican judiciary, the National Child Welfare Agency, and the Ombudsman’s office in cases where substance abuse  is involved. During this workshop, more than a dozen youth participants contributed to the development of the protocol along with members of the Costa Rican judiciary and other public institutions.

One of NCSC ’s objectives  is to advance  approaches that strengthen the restorative character of the juvenile justice system. The development of new protocols will serve as a roadmap guiding the actions of the numerous actors engaged with youth in conflict with the law, including the judicial branch, civil society partners, and the public. 

The Juvenile Restorative Justice Program in Costa Rica is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs  and implemented by NCSC.