The Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy launched a special campaign to encourage youth to make themselves heard and raise their voice against domestic violence.
The Campaign Make Yourself Heard: The Walls Do Not Speak, You Need To! explains what domestic violence is with clear messages on relationships based in respect, tolerance, human rights, sexual identity, self-esteem, and emotions. The program also trains adults, development associations, and other organizations addressing these topics in each community.
The main objective of this two-month campaign is to increase prevention of domestic violence at those communities where there is higher incidence of this social problem. The initiative is part of the national comprehensive strategy Sembremos Seguridad.
The campaign’s major partners are 9-1-1, the Ministry of Public Security, the Judicial Branch, the Observatory of Gender Violence against Women, the National Childhood Board (PANI), the Social Security Board (CCSS), the Young Person Council, the Ministry of Public Education, the Costa Rican Sports and Recreation Institute, the National Music Education System and the Civic Centers for Peace from Desamparados, Heredia, Aguas Zarcas, Cartago, Pococi, Santa Cruz and Garabito.
The U.S. Embassy has developed this program jointly with Parque La Libertad.