The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a
volunteer-driven network of academics, attorneys, child and human rights advocates, educators,
members of religious and faith-based communities, physicians, representatives from non-governmental
organizations, students, and other concerned citizens who seek to bring about U.S. ratification and
implementation of the CRC.
During the 2002 UN Special Session on Children, members of the U.S. delegation dismissed the CRC
and its principles. Their criticism of the CRC underscored a lack of unified action over the years
by U.S. proponents of the CRC to address incomplete or misleading information about the Convention.
Through the leadership of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), a core group of child advocates
convened the first meeting of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC in August 2002. Participants
focused on efforts needed to build a national coalition. In 2003, representatives from more than 50
U.S. non-governmental organizations met in Washington, DC for a two day strategy session entitled “Moving the
CRC Forward in the United States”. Out of this effort, the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC was
formalized. From its origins, the Campaign has grown to encompass membership from 200 organizations and