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Not a day goes by that my Inbox doesn't have a story about human suffering in some corner of the world; droughts in northern Africa, refugees fleeing civil war, children dying from HIV and other preventable diseases, hunger and malnutrition taking a toll on one third of the world's populace. In each case, human need dwarfs the international community's willingness or capacity to respond.
It really is past time for the United States to join the rest of the world in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
I think of how we treat all children when I measure justice in the world. My heroes are normal people who show their compassion by taking action.
I was in DC to tape an interview at the Supreme Court and looked outthe window of my luxury suite, within view of the Capitol Rotunda, I noticedseveral mothers with babies in tow, hovering below.
If we can imagine a world where a tiny tax on financial transactions generates hundreds of billions of dollars every year to be used to alleviate poverty, it would be fair to ask, "Who gets this money", "How do we deliver money and services to the poor?" and, "How can we be sure the aid won't be stolen or wasted?"
For the past twenty years, I have filmed children all over the world in every conceivable form of poverty and abuse, from global child labor (Stolen Childhoods, 2004) to the struggles of street children (Rescuing Emmanuel, 2009). The Same Heart is the third film in this trilogy, and it confronts one of the central issues of our time: growing inequality and poverty with its impacts on children in the U.S. and abroad.
The playground appeared perfectly normal with students clustered here and there laughing and enjoying their lunch break. But if you looked closely, you’d notice another group milling about or sitting alone, the students with empty lunch pails.
Len Morris is interviewed for Worldview on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio about The Same Heart.
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.
While most people expect the face of child poverty to be African or Asian, child poverty is a global phenomenon that doesn't exempt any race or country.
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.
Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico.
Human Rights Watch has documented wide discrepancies between Mexican law and practice. By law, Mexico offers protection to those who face risks to their lives or safety if returned to their countries of origin. But less than 1 percent of children who are apprehended by Mexican immigration authorities are recognized as refugees, according to Mexican government data.
“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 focus of the 2016 World Day Against Child Labour is on child labour and supply chains. This ILO brochure details what businesses are doing to clean up their supply chains.
Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
2,018 young men who spent their formative teenage years in the UK care system have been sent back to Afghanistan over the past 9 years, often to very precarious and dangerous situations.
Since March 2014, RSN has been systematically monitoring what happens to former child asylum seekers who have been forcibly removed to Afghanistan after turning 18.
Humanitarian action is at the core of UNICEF’s work, encompassing effective preparedness, early response and recovery to save lives and protect child rights. Of particular interest is the section on funding shortfalls on page 11...
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.