Defence for Children International is a leading child rights-focused and membership-based grassroots movement founded in 1979. DCI is a worldwide movement for children’s rights with National Sections and Associated Members active across the five continents. Each of DCI’s National Sections works on the child rights issues that are the most relevant to their respective national contexts. Their International Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It plays a crucial role in lobbying and advocating for children’s rights within United Nations human rights mechanisms. A World Service Foundation based in Brussels was created in 2016 to advocate toward the European Institutions.