Human rights education is delivered at the high school level through our education project developed for students and teachers in Jamaican schools. The content and nature of the school’s programme help prepare young people to become rounded and productive adult citizens by fostering attitudes that will lead to good practices and respect for human rights. ‘Cry for Justice’, a 22-minute human rights education DVD-Video produced by Jamaicans for Justice, serves as a teacher’s guide to the project’s format, and students and teachers are encouraged to be ambassadors for human rights by sharing human rights information and knowledge with other students, teachers, family members, friends and the community. Engaging youth in human rights dialogue is a proactive approach to improving Jamaica’s human rights environment and creating healthier, safer communities in which to live and prosper.
JFJ provides police officers and military personnel with information on human rights and their principles so as to greatly enhance the police’s awareness of their special role in the respect, upholding and defence of citizens’ rights and in turn, engender a human rights-based approach to policing.
The legal advice sessions are conducted by JFJ’s attorneys in inner-city communities, bringing to the fore, core human and constitutional rights issues mainly pertaining to circumstances involving police and citizen relations. Of particular focus are instances involving personal, home and vehicular searches, detention, arrest, duty counsel and bail. JFJ has produced a comprehensive ‘Know Your Rights’ DVD-Video that illustrates these scenarios and outlines both the rights and responsibilities of citizens in these situations and also provides information regarding avenues for redress when breaches occur. Following each legal advice session, JFJ’s attorney facilitates private consultations with community residents who have personal matters for which they need assistance.