Innocence in Danger
is a nonprofit organization created in 1999 by a group of citizens under the initiative of Federico Mayor, UNESCO Director General and the President Ms Homayra Sellier. The organization was created in response following recommendations on the UNESCO meeting in Jan 1999 arranged to help combat abuse of children.
Today the organization operates in more than twenty nine countries around the world bringing together internet specialists, political decision makers, businessmen and media groups. IID represents a team who aim to sensitize, educate and inform both government and non government bodies along with community associations and schools. Since April 2000 Innocence in Danger
has been operating independently of any other organization.
Following the meeting of experts IID began implementing an action plan on the theme of child exploitation which included pedophilia on the internet, something that is a global challenge. One particular network comprised of more than 180 members in more than 46 countries. 107 arrests were made at the same time from countries around the world following an operation labeled Cathedral.
The organization insists that children are not labeled victims, instead they are affected. This is crucial in ensuring stigma is removed as the children have enough to contend with and need to be reassured that they are not alone in the world and that people do actually care which leads to them gaining the luxury
of trust again which eventually allows them to heal.
The foundation is currently under Swiss Federation control which coordinates actions internationally along with the national associations who coordinate actions in the specific countries they are created. There are other organizations that share the same objectives and ideals of Innocence in Danger
including Foundation International Innocence en Danger in Switzerland, Innocence en Danger France, Innocence in Danger
Germany and Innocence en Danger United States of America.
In the USA IID has joined forces with two of the very best
professionals when it comes to helping children recover from abuse. The healing retreat programs help children and their families and those who have benefited from the retreats have said the retreats are life changing and have been called a breakthrough in therapy. The retreats are full scholarship which means that food, lodgings; transportation is paid for through the organization Innocence in Danger
Summer camp in Gstaad
2010 took in children aged between 3 years and 14 years along with their mothers with a management team and a daily presence from President Homayra Sellier. Artistic activities took place every day and children were able to enjoy such as design, drawing and painting and pottery split into age groups. The fun activities allowed them to express themselves among an atmosphere of trust.
Along with activities children took place in playtimes, sports and excursions, all of which showed how much they wanted to excel and of course have fun of the very best