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The Essentials in Juvenile Justice

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Thanks to their shared goals in regards to training and information, the IDE and the Sarah Oberson Foundation have worked together on numerous occasions. The Foundation is even housed on the IDE’s premises. As a result, once a year, in the month of November, an evening of reflection is organised by the Foundation, with the logistical and scientific support of the IDE.

On the 28th of September 1985, in the French-speaking Swiss village of Saxon, a 5-year-old girl named Sarah Oberson vanished without a trace. Despite a long and thorough search, to this day, Sarah has never been found, nor has any plausible answer been found to assuage her family’s grief.

Thanks to the public’s solidarity and generosity, the foundation bearing her name opened its doors in 1998. The Sarah Oberson Foundation (FSO) a non-profit organization, was created to improve the destiny of the suffering children. Its activities consist of sparking off and leading the dialogue about the mourning situations, disappearance, mistreatment and about any violation of children’s rights. The FSO is commited to engage the Swiss authorities, and collaborate with them, in order to contribute to the establishment of a quick and effective response to children’s disappearances all over the country, as well as an efficient support towards families. The work of the Sarah Oberson Foundation is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Since 2009, the website for the Sarah Oberson Foundation has been managed by Ms. Clara Balestra, who works in close contact with members of the IDE.

FSO Evenings: recent topics

2015 To be a poor child in Switzerland
2014 Children and separation: the causes stated by the proposed interventions
2013 From Lucie to Marie: from zero-risk situations to the need for reintegration measures
2012 Running away: Rite of passage or a cry for help?
2011 Parental separation, child disappearances: some leads...
2010 New technologies: opportunities and dangers for children
2009 Enfan'phare: the 20th anniversary celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
2008 10th anniversary of the Sarah Oberson Foundation
2007 Violence against children
2006 Couples torn apart, children in danger. Kidnapping children internationally.
2005 Youths and suicide in Valais

The publications related to these evenings of reflection may be ordered online.

Sarah’s disappearance will never be a closed case ...
…neither will those of all the other children who disappeared and were never found.

For more information on the Sarah Oberson Foundation or on the Sarah Oberson case, please visit their website: www.sarahoberson.org.