Child Abuse Prevention Month: ACE Interventions

Child Abuse Prevention Month: ACE Interventions

April 11th, 2018

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM)–a month in which we raise awareness around maltreatment of one of our most vulnerable populations, children. Maltreatment defines almost all forms of violence against children, including exploitation, physical and mental violence, abuse and neglect. CAPM was first recognized in a 2016 proclamation by President Obama. President Obama’s […]


National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness:  The Bigger Picture

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness: The Bigger Picture

January 2nd, 2018

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a month that we not only raise awareness, but also stand in support of those victims and survivors of these crimes. There has been great progress since 2000 when both the United Nations and U.S. Congress passed laws addressing the trafficking and exploitation of people. The […]


Happy Universal Children’s Day?

November 20th, 2017

Happy  Universal Children’s Day!!!   Yes, that’s right, November 20th is Universal Children’s Day; a day the UN General Assembly declared in 1954 as a day to “promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving child welfare.”  November 20 also has added meaning because on this date the UN adopted two critical documents that promote […]


Considering the Intersecting Identities of Girls Worldwide

October 27th, 2017

While the Convention on the Rights of the Child addresses the rights of all children regardless of their gender identity, gender inequality often leaves girls particularly vulnerable to human rights violations. Such violations include but are not limited to childhood marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and sexual and/or gender-based violence. Additionally, millions of girls across […]


Access to Education Can Prevent Child Trafficking

May 8th, 2017

Over my past year as a CHRC Graduate Scholar, I have been exposed to the shocking reality that modern day forms child slavery and trafficking not only persist, but are also deeply entrenched in certain cultural practices around the world. As part of my own research on the topic, I came across an ABC report […]


Deportations Hurt Children’s Mental and Emotional Health

Deportations Hurt Children’s Mental and Emotional Health

April 13th, 2017

A 2014 article published by the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism tells the story of eleven year old Fanta Fofana, a Senegalese-American child from the Bronx, who woke up to Immigration Customs Enforcement in her apartment. In the midst of chaos and commotion, her father was detained. Fofana, and her five siblings […]


Improving the US Response to Child Trafficking

January 3rd, 2017

Earlier this month, I participated in the Pre-session on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography – a forum to listen and respond to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding the US’s performance in its treaty obligations. It was humbling to be permitted to speak on […]


All Refugee Children Have the Right to an Education

November 8th, 2016

Approximately 3.7 million of the world’s refugee children are currently not in school. While all children have a right to an education, refugee children are five times less likely to have access to a basic education than their peers. As a result, these children – who face constant threats to their physical and emotional health […]


The Complexities of Girls’ Involvement with Armed Forces and Groups

October 10th, 2016

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, which the United Nations established in 2011 to “galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when we, as global citizens, should come together to highlight, discuss, and […]


Undocumented Students and the Pursuit of College, by Jaye Hobart

Undocumented Students and the Pursuit of College, by Jaye Hobart

June 1st, 2016

Preventing undocumented students from receiving federal financial aid not only hurts the students, it hurts American society.  Annually, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who obtain a high school diploma are eligible to pursue higher education.  Unfortunately, many of these students do not pursue higher education.  A potential explanation for this is that the cost of […]