DTJ was founded in 2004 after three friends took a global journey to understand suffering, discovering that for each form of injustice they witnessed, children repeatedly suffered more acutely. As storytellers, it became clear that people do not need anyone to speak for them, everyone has a voice, many are just not being heard. DTJ decided to step into this space of using media and story to advocate for intervention on behalf of children and to journey with the story until change is realized. DTJ was officially incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2006. Speaking up and ensuring justice continues to serve as the ethos of DTJ's creative, educational and advocacy work.
DTJ is a team of journalists and story-tellers who expose injustices facing children in-crisis and advocate for intervention partners until change is realized. DTJ filmmakers, writers, photographers, artists, and designers have travelled to over 50 nations, committed to exposing injustices children face. DTJ intervenes directly in select situations and provides direct care occasionally, but relies on partnerships with viable and effective NGOs and organizations found within communities to channel human and financial resources to impact people facing injustice.
DTJ media has been seen on CNN, BBC World News America and through on and offline channels worldwide.
Discover The Journey exists to:
SPEAK UP for children in-crisis by exposing injustices affecting children around the world through story, media and art, and to ENSURE JUSTICE for children in-crisis by advocating for intervention across cultures in Love.
DTJ will become the leading international media outlet for story, media and art concerning children living in crisis caused by injustice, poverty and war. DTJ will also have a respected and viable track record as well as a committed future in creative education and advocacy, ensuring justice for children world-wide.
- DTJ discovers an injustice facing a child or group of children through research or referral.
- According to our resources, a DTJ team of journalists and story-tellers begins working alongside nationals to unwrap the story and develop a strategy to expose the injustice.
- DTJ develops, creates and produces media and advocacy tools to most effectively communicate the injustice and present the story of the children.
- DTJ media is strategically distributed to advocate for intervention partners, developing and maturing those relationships.
- DTJ continues to journey with the specific story and children affected until change is realized, the definition of which will change on a case to case basis.
DTJ'S CHILD PROTECTION MANIFESTO
DTJ has developed the following policies and best practices that inform how and why we tell stories about children in-crisis. Our manifesto of story is rooted in thousands of hours spent listening to children in dozens of nations around the world emerging from a vast range of cultural, political, geographical, and social contexts. In additioning to adhering to UNICEF’s “Principles for Ethical Reporting on Children,” DTJ seeks to serve children children at-risk through our media, story telling and advocacy. No media we create should ever endanger, stigmatize, or ostracize a child, but rather em- power, dignify and give voice to a child. DTJ is committed to protecting and honoring each child we represent through the various forms of media.
TELLING THEIR STORIES | DTJ's Child Protection Manifesto edition 001 Click here to download [PDF]