Flights to the Northeast are filled with people of color fleeing this government - what the Trump Administration’s anti-immigration policy looks like on the ground - or rather in the air.
Twenty years of filming the effort to eradicate child labor culminates in the world premiere of Children of Bal Ashram this coming Thursday
Investments in infrastructure means investment in children.
Two exhibitions featuring the work of Media Voices for Children open on Martha’s Vineyard and in Key West.
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Children in Jharkand risk their lives and their health mining mica destined for popular makeup and common household products. Is it better for brands to avoid the association with child labor altogether by using synthetic mica, leaving impoverished communities high and dry, or could there be a better way to ensure that children get an education and have a future in Jharkand?
Children accused of affiliation with ISIS are being detained, and often tortured and prosecuted, regardless of their actual level of involvement with the group. This sweeping, punitive approach is not justice, and will create lifelong negative consequences for many of these children.
People claw coal out of the ground by hand in Jharkand state in northern India. The health and educational impacts on the lives of poor children can hardly be overstated.
Each day in India, 180 children go missing, stolen and trafficked into child labor. Two out of three of them will never be found.
"If the sounds of gunshots were generated into song sales, Baltimore would’ve gone triple platinum by now." -Kondwani Fidel
In rural Uttar Pradesh, one woman challenges men to cover their faces with veils and then successfully execute their work.
According to official figures, over 100,000 women and 50,000 children remain untraced across India. Rupa Devi and her two daughters are one of the latest missing person cases dismissed by local police.
Naresh Biswas, a community activist, has been working tirelessly with the Baigas of Baigachak for over two decades and has persuaded 700 families to return to their traditional farming and food cultures.
A new Gallup survey reveals that 1 in 4 Indians fears losing their land or home. A beautiful film by the Place Project explores the meaning of home for indigenous and urban poor people and makes the argument for strengthening land rights of the poor.
Women farmers offer a way to rethink our current food production system, which is heavily polluting and over-reliant on fossil fuels.
The ABCs of Child Labor...15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use?
Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to the effects of climate change. Around 30% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Hidden Connections is a 20 minute documentary revealing how these two facts are intertwined.
Australia is obliged to offer protection to refugees. Instead, many are processed at a detention centre on the remote, independent island of Nauru, 3,000km from Australia.
Rare footage inside the refugee detention camps on Nauru shows the impact on children of indefinite captivity on the 21km square island nation of Nauru.
The Greek coast guard goes out on a daily basis to rescue refugees from sinking boats. They feel as though they have been left to deal with an enormous humanitarian emergency by themselves, while more distant countries natter on about what to do and how many people they can be asked to absorb.
17-year-old Lilian tells the story of fleeing death threats in El Salvador and coming to the United States alone.
Violent crime perpetrated by the “maras”, as the gangs are known, has claimed the lives of 7,500 young Salvadorans since mid-2014. Tens of thousands of Salvadorans, among them large numbers of unaccompanied minors, feel they have no choice but to flee the country.
Thousands of children in Indonesia, some just 8 years old, are working in hazardous conditions on tobacco farms.
Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy.
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.”
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.
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.
MEDIA VOICES VIDEO LIBRARY
Former child laborers are raised and educated to be activists against child labor at Bal Ashram, the children’s home established by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his wife, Sumedha.
"Child Abuse - down, down!" Indian schoolchildren chant to protect their peers from sexual exploitation on the Bharat Yatra marching throughout India.
Young teenagers used as mules in Campo Grande drugs trade.
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.
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.
Students from Broad Meadow school raising money to support Kenyan Schoolhouse
MEDIA VOICES DOCUMENTS LIBRARY
Solitary confinement. The UN has called it torture. On any given day, one in five prison inmates in Louisiana are in solitary, often for “administrative reasons.” This report has firsthand accounts of what that feels like.
AFOP interviews child migrant farmworkers laboring in US agriculture and asks them about their lives.
Media Voices for Children joins 61 organizations to support the Wall Street Tax Act. Let’s get this done!
The Environmental Protection Agency has signaled its intention to review and roll back key protections for children exposed to pesticides in American agriculture.
The conventional view of Africa is that it is poor. In truth, far more money flows out of Africa than is paid in aid.
Poetry and personal testimony by children trying to regularize their immigration status.
Around the world today, 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced within their own countries. More than half – a shocking 28 million – have been uprooted by horrific conflicts.
Vincent Harding wrote that "the most authentic American dream is of a nation that does not yet exist, a transformed one whose complex richness we have occasionally sampled in harsh struggles for a new nation, one sometimes yearned for as “a more perfect union.”
Stakeholders in the movement to impose a financial transactions tax explain how it would work.
The Australian Government is choosing to subject women, men and children to an elaborate and cruel system of abuse with a policy that is intentionally designed to harm people, as highlighted in the new report issued by Amnesty International, leaving refugees to rot on the stony island of Nauru offshore. The local population abuses them with impunity, and authorities have ignored numerous cases of self-harm and assault of children.
CORE HUMAN RIGHTS CONVENTIONS
UNITED STATES LEGISLATION
1938: Fair Labor Standards Act
Under the Fair Labor Standards act, children under eighteen cannot work certain dangerous jobs, and children under the age of sixteen cannot work during school hours. The Fair Labor Standards Act affected 700,000 workers, and President Franklin Roosevelt called it the most important piece of New Deal legislation since the Social Security Act of 1935. Read more about the act here.
1944: Prince v. Massachusetts
Sarah Prince, a Jehovah's Witness in Massachusetts was convicted for violating child labor laws when she brought a nine-year old into a downtown area to preach on the streets. The U.S. Supreme Court held that the government has broad authority to regulate the actions and treatment of children. Parental authority is not absolute and can be permissibly restricted if doing so is in the interests of a child's welfare. While children share many of the rights of adults, they face different potential harms from similar activities. Read more about the case here.
1974: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
In 1974 Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which created the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and allocated federal funding to states in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. It also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for demonstration programs and projects. Read more about it here.
1978: Indian Child Welfare Act
The ICWA was enacted in 1978 because of the disproportionately high rate of removal of indigenous children from their homes. Before enactment, as many as 25 to 35 percent of all indiginous children in the United Staes were being removed from their homes and placed in indigenous homes. In some cases, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was found to be paying the states to remove indiginous children and to place them with non-indiginous families and religious groups. With hopes to remedy this, in 1978 Congress passed the ICWA, which allows tribes exclusive jurisdiction over child custody proceedings cases. Read more about the ICWA here.
1997: Adoption and Safe Families Act
The ASFA was enacted in an attempt to correct problems that were inherent in the foster care system that deterred the adoption of children with special needs. Many of these problems had stemmed from an earlier bill, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, although they had not been anticipated when that law was passed, as states decided to interpret that law as requiring biological families be kept together no matter what. The ASFA marked a fundamental change to child welfare thinking, shifting the emphasis towards children's health and safety concerns and away from a policy of reuniting children with their birth parents without regard to prior abusiveness. Read the New York Times report on the ASFA here.
1789: Declaration of the Rights of Man
Passed during the French Revolution as a collaboration between General Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of the Rights of Man became a formative document in the history of human rights. The declaration defines a single set of individual and collective rights for all men. Influenced by the doctrine of natural rights, these rights are held to be universal.
Read the Declaration here.
1959: The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of the Child
In 1924, the League of Nations drafted the first human rights document approved by an inter-governmental institution. After considering a number of options, including that of drafting an entirely new declaration, the United Nations resolved in 1946 to adopt the document, in a much expanded version, as its own statement of children's rights.
Read the Declaration here.
1973: Minimum Age Convention (No. 138)
Adopted in 1973 by the International Labour Organization, the Minimum Age Convention requires ratifying states to pursue a national policy designed to ensure the effective abolition of child labour and to raise progressively the minimum age for admission to employment or work. The convention (number C138 of ILO) replaced several similar ILO conventions in specific fields of labour.
Read the full text of the convention here.
1999: Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No. 182)
The Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, known in short as the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1999 as ILO Convention No 182. By ratifying this Convention No. 182, a country commits itself to taking immediate action to prohibit and eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is responsible for assisting countries in this regard as well as monitoring compliance.
Read the full text of the convention here.
2011: Convention on Domestic Workers (No. 189)
The Convention on Domestic Workers, formally the Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers is a convention setting labour standards for domestic workers. The main rights given to domestic workers as decent work are daily and weekly rest hours, entitlement to minimum wage, and to choose the place where they live and spend their leave. Ratifying states parties also take protective measures against violence and should enforce a minimum age which is consistent with the minimum age at other types of employment.
Read the full text of the convention here.