View this excellent video summarizing the conflict in Central America and how it impacts children's human rights globally.
On September 1, 2014, President Obama was sent a letter urging him to submit the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the U.S. Senate this year. Over 109 leaders of U.S. organizations, including CHRC, signed the letter. The organizations represent millions of Americans that care about the rights and well-being of children both here and abroad. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the CRC which has aided many children and families throughout the world. We believe the CRC is an important tool that would help the United States better address the challenges faced by children and families in our own country, and throughout the world. CHRC urges the US Government to apply research-informed and humanitarian principles to promote the well-being of vulnerable children at the border. Click to read the letter.
The 2013 Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report, "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States" finds that the United States is in the very early stages of recognizing, understanding, and developing solutions for these crimes. A new guide to the report summarizes the most relevant/useful information to individuals who see children. The guide includes key terms and their definitions, in addition to an overview of risk factors and consequences.
The US is currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis at the border, with over 50,000 children currently apprehended, and more coming. Families, mostly unaccompanied children, are migrating from Central American and Mexico to the Mexican/US border due to extreme violence, gang related activity, and deprivation. The White House and Congress are currently reviewing options for responding to the crisis. Unfortunately, many of the “solutions” being proposed seek to undermine legislation set forth in 2000 and 2008 to protect vulnerable children, expedite deportation of children and families, and severely impact the rights of children. Due to the looming Congressional recess and speed of proposals issued, a response required a quick turnaround. Read more to learn about the CHRC’s response to this issue.
The presentations from the May 2014 Symposium, Creating a Non-Violent Future, are ready to be viewed at the CHRC YouTube Channel.
There has been an influx of young, unaccompanied children entering the United States in recent years. Lately, this humanitarian crisis has gained the attention of the media. Center Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, was featured in a Bloomberg article, discussing different solutions to the crisis.
Watch Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director, speak on Fox 32 News about unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States.