Adalist-Estrin highlighted her visit to Montevideo by giving a presentation at the launch of the publication Invisible No More, a study of children of incarcerated parents in Latin America and the Caribbean conducted by Gurises Unidos and CWS Latin America.
She was joined by Eduardo Bonomi, minister of the Interior of Uruguay; Jorge Ferrando, director of the Uruguayan Institute for Adolescents and Children, the country’s national child welfare organization; Uruguay Supreme Court Judge Ricardo Perez Manrique; U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso; Maria Noel Rodriguez of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Gonzalo Salles, director of Gurises Unidos; and Martin Coria, CWS Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Each presenter shared perspectives on the issue of children of the incarcerated and applauded the new report, which is a new area of focus for the 25-year-old children’s rights organization.
Adalist Estrin’s presentation reinforced the Invisible No More findings and shared ideas for promising practices in the United States that could be considered, as Uruguay moves forward in forging alliances and designing interventions to respond to this population of children and families.
“We have a head start of nearly four decades of gathering information and developing policies and practices for children of the incarcerated, but our colleagues in Uruguay and Argentina covered that ground in two short years,” says Adalist-Estrin. “Many of our ideas for programs such as parenting classes in prisons, and afterschool- and school-based support groups specifically focused on these kids and families, are new to them. However, they have a cultural context of assuming family strengths and valuing family relationships that was really evident everywhere I went. We can learn much from them as this exchange continues.”