About Us

Who We Are

The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) is a unique hybrid organization: part non-governmental organization (NGO), part academic institution, located in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), focused on social innovation with and for children and youth. For the past 20 years, IICRD has been a bridge building organization working with a wide variety of partners in participatory, applied research, professional education, and community capacity building initiatives. Our programs and projects catalyze change, transformation, and healing for the most vulnerable young people in our society, in Canada and in over 30 countries around the world.

Our vision

Children, their families and communities thrive in a world where there is dignity, belonging, and justice for all. 

Our Mission

With a focus on working with children and communities living in adversity, IICRD‘s work promotes the rights and wellbeing of children at all levels. IICRD transforms lives by:

  • promoting learning, and nurturing capacities, knowledge, practices, and policies that place the wellbeing and the rights of children, their families, and communities at the centre.
  • facilitating innovative, strength based and child led processes at the community, organizational, and international levels
  • fostering healing and accountability to children,
  • connecting actors across the child protection system. 


IICRD connects people, places, and practices - to create dignity, belonging and justice for young people and our world.


To give rights local meaning and catalyze positive change, we use five principles to guide our work.



Our program areas:
We follow five pathways to fulfill our purpose of achieving dignity, belonging, and justice for children and our world.



See how the IICRD practices and brings children's rights to life, through the current projects below, and our stories.



Our Team

Executive Director
Deputy Director
Engagement and Evaluation Director
Partnerships and Practice Director
Ontario YouLEAD Coordinator
YouLead Canada Coordinator
BC YouLEAD Coordinator
Student Placement

Our Board Members

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Our Associates

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Our Partners

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Global Reference Group

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Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

A Canadian non-profit charity working locally, nationally, and internationally

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