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Friday, January 13, 2006 

Mary Clarke appointed children's advocate
Observer Reporter
Thursday, January 12, 2006

MARY Clarke, former manager of the Social Development and Gender Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has been appointed children's advocate, Health Minister John Junor announced yesterday.

She will be responsible for investigating and representing cases of violation of children's rights and various forms of crimes and abuses against the nation's children. She will also serve as the watchdog for agencies and organisations, which are responsible for the island's children.

Clarke's appointment is in accordance with the stipulations of the Child Care and Protection Act, which came into effect March 2004.

Her appointment became effective at the beginning of the New Year.

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