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The extent of child poverty in America is one of our closely guarded secrets.
The world's richest country and largest economy is the second highest in child poverty among the 35 most developed countries, we rank 34th, just above Romania.
Can we imagine a world without child poverty? One hundred and ninety three nations, including the United States, have said they can. In fact, of the 17 Goals detailed in The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda adopted last September- Ending poverty is #1.
If you believe as we do that inequality and poverty have created an emergency for today's children and that a financial transaction tax can provide the funding needed to meet children's needs, please show The Same Heart to your friends, organizations and classmates.
As a difficult year winds down, I see reason for optimism. This past September, 193 member states of the United Nations, including the United States, adopted The Sustainable Development Agenda or Agenda 2030, a road map for ending poverty in our lifetime.
There is no excuse for tobacco companies exposing kids to pesticides working in the tobacco fields. Many previous attempts to close legislative loopholes have failed, but it's time to get behind the Children Don't Belong on Tobacco Farms Act sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin and Representative David Cicilline.
House Resolution 2764 needs to be moved out of committee and brought up for a vote to protect children working in the fields in these United States.
Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerns the right to a legal identity and nationality for children.
Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child says that children have a right to life.
Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires governments to respect the rights and responsibilities of families.
Article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires governments to review their laws to safeguard children's rights
“We do live in fear, and that’s violating our rights too. Nobody should live in fear. Not having the DREAM Act right now is affecting a lot of people. And it’s affecting our human rights, and I feel that the government might not realize that. Or maybe it does, but I don’t know why it hasn’t been passed, if that connection is made. It’s inhumane.”
Filming in Kenya in late 2012 we interacted with hundreds of children; at their schools, in their homes and as we crisscrossed the country in our production van. The filming had gone on for weeks and it was depressing to see these bedraggled babies, with their rags and obvious malnutrition. We wished a major charity was in the van, handing out food aid and clean water but we settled on lollipops, thousands and thousands of lollipops.
We'd see a group of children by the side of the road and stop and prepare for a lollipop moment, a way of giving love with no strings attached.
The United States government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said today, in a report and video.
A lovely short film by photojournalist Sydney Combs on a community of Maasai women, who are supporting each other in starting small businesses to feed their families.
Our current policies shortchange families and harm the development of young children.
More of Robin Romano's photographs of children around the world.
U.R. (Robin) Romano (1956-2013) had a rare gift of being able to reveal a child's spirit in his photography. These are some of his best shots, capturing children from around the world.
Calling a teenager who is being exploited for sex a child prostitute reinforces the pimp's message of her worthlessness. The LA County Sheriff's Department has been working to reframe the problem and educate police officers and other county workers who come into contact with trafficked teenagers.
In 2014, 90,000 unaccompanied minors made the treacherous journey from Central America to the United States. No longer are people simply fleeing poverty, now they are fleeing for their lives.
The government of Uzbekistan still forces students, teachers, healthcare workers and public servants to pick cotton. Proceeds of the cotton harvest enrich a small group of Islam Karimov's friends.
Teenage children too young to legally buy a pack of cigarettes are getting exposed to nicotine while they work on US tobacco farms. The US government and tobacco companies should protect everyone under 18 from hazardous work in tobacco farming
All but one of the world's nations have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All but the United States. It's time to change that. Read the Unicef overview of the CRC.
Update to the 2014 Cotton Sourcing Snapshot report by the Responsible Sourcing Network
2014 report by the Responsible Sourcing Network on what companies are doing to keep Uzbek cotton picked with forced labor out of their supply chains.
Children's Defense Fund report showing how the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.