Over the past months we have been working on this as a side project to our legal advocacy work. Since about 2004 we've accumulated a wealth of experience in protecting the rights of children in Vietnam. Our work has included advocating for children in court... helping kids and their families obtain birth certificates... supporting young people who have been victims of crime... and even enrolling kids in school in cases where the schools have tried to deny them access.
So we wrote a book about all of these experiences, enticingly called: Guidelines for good practice in providing legal advocacy services for children who are in conflict with the law in Vietnam.
We then went a step further and wrote a comic book for kids, called Truoc Dot - or Slippery Slope - about a teenage boy getting into trouble with the police. Apart from the story, there's specific information for young people who are arrested.
Both of these publications are available for free on our website:
The Guidelines are in both English and Vietnamese.
We're hoping that this launch will be a good start to helping other organisations in Vietnam learn from our successes and our mistakes.