The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Campaign Events

November 2007 Nationwide CRC Briefing Days

In celebration of Universal Children’s Day and the CRC’s 18th Anniversary, local and state CRC Briefing Days were convened at universities across the country on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. 

Cities participating in these events included the following:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Denver
  • DC
  • Hartford, CT
  • Honolulu
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Rockland County, NY  

Stay tuned for summaries of the CRC Briefing Days Events!

April 2007 Senate Briefing

The Campaign co-sponsored its first Senate Briefing this past April with sponsors

Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Systems Integration, the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law, the Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois, and the National Juvenile Justice Network.  The event was attended by 70 people, including staff from seven Senate offices. 

Speakers included Jaap Doek (2001-2006 Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child), Mark Soler (Center for Children’s Law and Policy), and Randolph Stone (University of Chicago Law School).

The briefing was moderated by Shay Bilchik (Georgetown University) who affirmed that the Convention provides a comprehensive approach to respecting the basic needs of all children, not just those involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Professor Doek provided an overview of the Convention’s key principles and how U.S. ratification could strengthen our efforts to improve our children’s welfare. 

Professor Stone discussed the disproportionate representation of children of color in the juvenile justice system.  Dr. Stone expressed that the CRC can be used as an effective tool in not only addressing these needs of these children/youth but also reducing their presence in the juvenile justice system.

Mr. Bilchik focused on the Convention’s relevance to concerns regarding the treatment of children housed in juvenile justice facilities.

For a complete synopsis of speaker highlights, please refer to the Campaign’s Spring Newsletter_2007.

May 2006 Summit for the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

Mobilizing Communities for Ratification

In the Spring of 2006, the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) convened its first national Summit, "Convention on the Rights of the Child: Mobilizing Communities for Ratification", on the campus of American University in Washington, DC. 

This dynamic event was attended by over 300 individuals, including 100 youth, from 29 states, Puerto Rico, and 11 countries.  Professionals working in the civil and human rights, educational, legal, medical, religious, and social services fields were present at the Summit alongside youth from Covenant House, Homeschoolers UN Club, High School for Human Rights (Brooklyn, NY), and the Children's Theater Company. 

Participants took part in and attended various workshops, panels, plenary sessions, and artistic presentations designed to educate individuals on the CRC, implications of U.S. ratification, best practice models for advancing children’s rights, and how to organize efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

The following Summit presentations are available for download:

The Summit concluded with the drafting of the “Declaration of the CRC Summit:

We believe that children and youth are our most important resource in an increasingly interconnected global community.  Together we affirm our support for the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), joining with 193 countries that have ratified the CRC.

As an international framework for children and youth, the CRC protects and respects children, youth, parents, and their families.  Children are individuals with inherent rights and play an important role in society.  U.S. ratification of the CRC will help protect the well-being and safety of children and youth.

Based on its history and tradition of human rights and responsibilities, the United States must demonstrate its dedication to provide all children and youth with a better today and a better tomorrow.  We declare that a bipartisan commitment to ratify the CRC will provide current and future generations with opportunities and the support vital to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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