Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid

Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid (Morocco) was appointed Special Rapporteur in May 2008.

Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid is a medical doctor in pediatrics, who has been involved for the past two decades in the protection of vulnerable children.

She has notably been involved in the training of social workers in her country, and in the drafting of studies on the situation of children victim of trafficking, of violence and of sexual or other forms of exploitation; children living in the street; institutionalized children; unaccompanied children; children deprived of parental care, etc.

She participated in the elaboration of the Moroccan national policy on the protection of the child, and has worked with several non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations.

She is a member of the Commission on the Rights of the Child of the Moroccan Consultative Council on Human Rights, and the founder and an active member of the non-governmental organization BAYTI, the first programme addressing the situation of children living in the street in Morocco.