The IIN is as Specialized Organization of the Organization of American States (OAS) in childhood and adolescence, which assists the States in the development of public policies to be taken for the benefit of children and adolescents, contributing in the field of their design and implementation in the perspective of the promotion, protection and full respect of the rights of children and adolescents in the region. Special assistance is aimed at the needs of the Member States of the Inter-American System and at the particularities of the regional groups.


Posicionar al IIN como una instancia de excelencia y referente técnico-político a nivel regional en materia de derechos de la niñez y adolescencia, articulada dentro del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos.


To contribute to the development of public policies which will ensure the promotion, protection and enjoyment of child rights in OAS Member States, and promote the construction of a culture of rights for children, within a context of strengthened democracy.


To strengthen the capacity of OAS Member States and their respective societies by means of the relevant institutional frameworks, in order to comprehensively safeguard the full enjoyment of child rights.


1. To develop means and tools which will support the states in establishing efficient and comprehensive strategies and actions for the promotion and protection of child rights.

2. To support the states in their tasks with regard to following up, advocating for and monitoring the fulfillment of child rights.

3. To promote the sharing of experience and lessons learned among the states in the region.

4. To strengthen the IIN’s position as a Specialized Organization of the OAS in the area of childhood, regionally and internationally and, at the same time, to create linkages and become a regional reference point for the United Nations System.