Established: 1988 – National Director: Sofía Almazán Argumedo
For over 25 years, Casa Alianza Mexico has provided care and protection for boys and girls who have experienced extraordinary trauma, including abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, addiction to harmful substances, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
The rising tide of violence and instability in Mexico has made their work even more urgent, as more and more children and teens find themselves victims of various types of abuse and in desperate need of the care they provide.
Programs at Casa Alianza Mexico include small homes in distinct locations in Mexico City that house up to 80 children and teens per night and a separate home for 17 Teen Moms and 24 babies. They also have a fully developed Independent Life Program that prepares youth for life after Casa Alianza and a 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline, Acercatel, which serves youth in crisis across the entire country.
Residential Care there is six residential centres. Divided by gender and by Level, in order to provide specific care to the residents. There is no maximum or minimum time frame that a boy or girl will spend in each of the residential centres, but rather the staff at Casa Alianza Mexico consistently evaluate each child’s progress in achieving their Life Plans, in order to decide when it is advisable to advance to the next level.
Casa Alianza Mexico also has a residential centre for young mothers and pregnant teens between 12 and 22 years of age.
Other programmes include:
Acercatel – “There will always be someone to listen to you”
In addition to all other programs, Casa Alianza Mexico established the groundbreaking Acercatel, a toll-free hotline for children and teenagers in crisis and in need of immediate emergency support.
Acercatel is an anonymous, confidential and toll-free phone service to support kids in crisis. The phone line, which reaches throughout the country, is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and receives around 30,000 calls a year from children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 18.
The staff of the Luna Program provide specialized care and support to youth in regard to all issues relating to sexuality, sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
Casa Alianza Mexico has a long and well-established program of advocacy, specific to the realities faced by children and teenagers in Mexico. Some of the advocacy that is a vital part of the mission of Casa Alianza Mexico includes:
Casa Alianza Mexico is recognized as a leader in advocating for the passage of new legislation regarding trafficking, migration and child refugees.
Casa Alianza Mexico has been given the special status of official “Migratory Station” by the Mexican Government Institute of Immigration.
In May 2011, National Director Sofía Almazán participated in an official visit to the US for a meeting organized by the US State Department, concerning the issue of trafficking. Mexican legislators, prosecutors and judicial authorities also participated in the meeting.
For over a decade Casa Alianza Mexico has spearheaded the movement to get rid of the stigmatizing term ‘street children’ in Mexico.
Casa Alianza Mexico is currently advocating for the creation of a new protocol for the treatment of youth addicted to inhalants.
Programmes we are seeking funding for this year include: Education/skills for life, Street outreach and Sport for health.