Educate a Girl, Change the World

Educate a Girl, Change the World

October 10th, 2018

Over 130 million girls worldwide are currently being denied an education. While the Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the right to an education for all children, the girl child is often denied this right due to poverty, discrimination, violence, and cultural practices. October 11th marks International Day of the Girl Child. The […]


Understanding the Republican Morality Gap in Dealing with the Children of Undocumented Immigrants at the Border

Understanding the Republican Morality Gap in Dealing with the Children of Undocumented Immigrants at the Border

June 15th, 2018

By James Garbarino, PhD How can Trump Republicans—like Jeff Sessions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to cite but two notable examples—justify the cruel and psychologically abusive separation of children from their parents at the US border, simply because those parents crossed into our country seeking asylum as undocumented (“illegal”) immigrants? It’s not principally a matter of […]


Addressing Substandard Housing in Chicago

May 29th, 2018

June is National Healthy Homes month and a perfect time to think about how substandard housing impacts the health and well-being of children and to reflect on a strategy for addressing substandard housing in our community. Millions of families throughout the nation struggle to secure safe, healthy and affordable housing. This is especially true for […]


Protections for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth at US Schools: A Children’s Rights Perspective

May 17th, 2018

May 13th marked the two-year anniversary of the “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” (2016) sent by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to schools across the United States. The letter summarized the protections Title IX offers to transgender students by prohibiting discrimination based on a student’s gender identity […]


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 […]