Frequently Asked Questions

Please look through our frequently asked questions below. Click on a question to see the answer. Have a different question? Contact us.

1. How can we affect change?

In spite of the current obstacles, we believe that change is possible. While our teams work to support Palestinian child victims facing pressing needs by offering direct legal and supporting services, monitoring and documenting violations against them, and advocating on their behalf, we need your help. Join with us in demanding an end to violence and abuses against Palestinian children by becoming a member today. By becoming a member, you will receive breaking news updates, analysis and targeted calls to action.


2. Why does our work matter?

In the face of violent conflict, Palestinian children are urgently at risk. Mounting rates of unemployment and poverty in the West Bank and Gaza increasingly place children at risk of abuse and exploitation in their own communities. Each month of 2012 registered an average of 198 Palestinian children in Israeli custody, with the overwhelming majority suffering ill treatment of some kind. Even more devastating was the loss of 501 children during the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. As the only organization whose work and mission solely focuses on child rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), DCI-Palestine is the primary line of defense for these children.


3. What is our definition of a “child”?

We define a child as anyone under the age of 18. We have documented human rights violations of infants and have offered direct services to Palestinian children aged 5-17.


4. Who do we serve?

We serve Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which include: Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. At present, we do not serve Palestinians citizens of Israel.


5. How do we verify information?

Our Monitoring and Documentation Unit, consisting of five field workers and one coordinator, independently verifies all documented cases. In a typical case, this unit collects sworn affidavits from the victim and witnesses, evidentiary photographs, supporting documents such as medical reports, and field workers’ first hand observations.

Our Legal teams (Legal Unit and Child Justice Unit) also support verification processes: conducting visits to prisons and detention centers, and representing child detainees in Palestinian and Israeli courts.


6. Who relies on our reporting?

DCI-Palestine is the primary reporting agency under UN Security Council Resolution 1612 in the OPT on ill treatment and torture of children in Israeli military detention. The US State Department, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Save the Children, UNICEF and other UN agencies often rely on our data as well. We also publish a newsletter for our funders, partner organizations and members.


7. Who funds DCI-Palestine?

We primarily rely on grants and donations from individuals. Some past and current funders include: UNRWA, Save the Children International, World Vision International, OXFAM-Italy, and Commission of the European Communities, among others. For a complete list, please see our annual reports.


8. Who are our affiliates?

We are part of the global movement, Defense for Children International, founded in 1979 and based in Geneva. Its national sections and affiliated members span 50 countries. Additionally, we are a founding member of the Palestinian Network for Children’s Rights (PNCR), composed of 60 community-based organizations, which implements advocacy and protection strategies to promote children’s rights in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Other Networks

Middle East and North African, Child Rights Network (MANARA), Working Group on UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (1612 WG), Child Protection Network (CPN), Palestinian Human Rights Council (PHROC), Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (PNGO), National Committee for Juvenile Justice, Occupied Palestine and Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI), UN Working Group on Child Protection (CPWG).


9. How can I get involved?

Join the movement to demand increased protections for Palestinian children in the OPT now! Donate or become a member and subscribe to our newsletter here. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


10. How will my donation be used?

Forbes Middle East ranked DCI-Palestine as the top 30 “Most Transparent Charities in the MENA Region,” and second in Palestine. Your contribution today will be used to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and at-risk children in the OPT.

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