OCA Concerned About Reports of Forced Sexual Activities in Schools

The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) is concerned about media reports and anecdotal incidents of sexual activity within schools. This sexual activity not only spans heterosexual engagements, but homosexual encounters as well. The OCA is raising particular concern about this growing... - September 14, 2014

OCA Calls for Thorough Investigation to Identify Origin of Unidentified Fumes: Concern Raised About Health Effects on Children

The Office of The Children’s Advocate (OCA) has taken note of reports of unidentified fumes detected in the corporate area. The OCA acknowledges the response by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the... - September 14, 2014

OCA Deeply Concerned and Saddened About Suicide of Female Ward of the State: Children’s Advocate Reiterates Calls for a Remand Facility for Girls

The Office of The Children’s Advocate is deeply concerned about reports of a female ward of the State who was being housed at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in St. Andrew, committing suicide yesterday, November 21, 2012. Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon-Harrison, noted that such a... - November 22, 2012

OCA Calls for Collective Responsibility in the Fight Against Child Abuse

As Jamaica joins forces with international partners and organizations worldwide to commemorate Universal Children’s Day today, November 20, 2012, the Office of The Children’s Advocate (OCA), is reminding all Jamaicans that as a nation we must share in the collective responsibility of... - November 20, 2012

OCA Condemns Rape of Children in Western Jamaica: Office Calls for Implementation of Sexual Offenders’ Registry

The Office of The Children’s Advocate (OCA) has noted with deep concern and pain for the nation’s children recent reports of violent acts against children which have been reported in the media. The gruesome rape of three girls ages 8, 14, and 16 on Monday in Irwin, St. James, the... - September 27, 2012

OCA Concerned About Security Breach at Metcalf Street Juvenile Remand Centre: Office Calls for Thorough Investigation

The Office of The Children’s Advocate (OCA) is concerned by reports that a 15 year old male juvenile of the Metcalf Street Juvenile Remand Centre in Kingston has escaped. The OCA is particularly concerned that the juvenile was able to breach the Department of Correctional Services’... - July 03, 2012

OCA Calls for Thorough Investigation Into the Alleged Shooting Deaths of Teenage Girls

The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) is deeply concerned about the alleged shooting deaths of children by the police. The OCA has taken note of the alleged circumstances under which 16 year old Vanessa Kirkland of Greenwich Town was killed last night, March 20, as well as the death of... - March 21, 2012

OCA Concerned About the Possible Effects Riverton Fire Will Have on Children’s Health

The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has taken note of the ongoing fire at the Riverton City Dump, which is affecting sections of the corporate area. While the OCA acknowledges the efforts being carried out by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and its partners in... - February 10, 2012

Children’s Advocate Commissions Investigation Into Drowning of St. Andrew College Students

The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), under the direction of the Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison, today February 6, 2012, commissioned an investigation into the drowning of 15 year old Shane Burke and 16 year old Demel Osbourne. The boys who are students of St. Andrew... - February 06, 2012

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