We are a small non-governmental organization (NGO) located in Denmark. Our goal is to work for that every country on the earth will ratify the United Nations Conventions of the rights of a child. It is sadly not the case today.
But a technical ratification is not enough. Countries need to acknowledge that signing a legal document has consequences. United Nations conventions can not be abandoned whenever a country feels that it has a special need not to keep their word .
Secret Prisons for Teens was founded in 2006 as it became clear that imported methods used on at-risk teenagers in Denmark were both untested and dangerous.
The Wiki database over residential programs for teenagers was established in 2007. Today there are over 700 entries over behavior modification programs in about 27 countries.
The goal with the wiki database is to create a worldwide dictionary over residential programs and other solutions used to address the so-called at-risk teenagers behavior.
Working with other organizations
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Over the years we have shared information with a lot of organization on an unformal basis. We gave extensive feedback to various organizations in the United States during the 2008 presidential election.
However each organization has their own goal and while we exchange information, we do not necessary share goals. We are based in Denmark. We base our texts on Danish values. Our statements might not be considered to be told with a Neutral point of view due to our cultural origins.
How do we work
We are a number of named and unnamed persons assigned to various message boards and social networks. Beside our normal life each member of Spft has a specific work area. Every information is sent back to a number of volunteers who maintains the wiki databases.
We do not meet in persons with survivors or other staff members. For pure ethical reasons we communicate over the Internet only. If a volunteer approaches you asking for a personal meeting, please report it to the email alert<a>secretprisonsforteens.dk
Our policy is to let volunteers work on message boards in another country than they live. It makes them harder to target legally. Most of our work is done inside the Danish borders. Denmark is known to be a country supporting free speech regardless of the consequences.
- Konventioner i Danmark - kun til pynt?, by Bente Rich, Information, October 10, 2008