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Center for the Human Rights of Children 

November 20, 2009
Dear Friends,
Today, the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We dedicate this issue of our newsletter to the principles espoused by the Convention.

The CRC has produced significant achievements in the lives of children, including improved global mortality rates of children under the age of five, and new laws to protect children from labor abuses, human trafficking, and service in armed conflict. However, we still have work to do.  There are children in the United States and abroad who continue to live in poverty, who are victims of abuse, violence, and exploitation, and who are denied education and access to immunizations against childhood diseases.

Earlier this year, the Center for the Human Rights of Children staff attended a national conference in Washington, D.C. on the CRC, and took a leadership role in strategy discussions around U.S, ratification of the treaty.  We believe advocacy on behalf of children's rights comes at a critical time as the United States seeks to demonstrate its regard for fundamental human rights. Please join us by learning more about the CRC, its impact in Chicago, what youth around the world think about children's rights, and ways you can improve the lives of children at home and around the world.

Katherine Kaufka Walts
Happy Anniversary

On November 20, 2009, the world celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  It was drafted and adopted by the United Nations to ensure that all children are guaranteed essential and inalienable human rights by their own governments, and became the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history.

The CRC itself is guided by four main principles: non-discrimination; a focus on the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival, and development; and respect for the views and input of children. Rights guaranteed by the Convention include, among others, the right to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and the right to participate fully in family, cultural, and social life.

The CRC is the first legally-binding international instrument to incorporate the full spectrum of human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political and social - and as such it stands as a model for the protection of universally acknowledged basic standards of life. The CRC protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services. While the United States played an active role in drafting the Convention, today the only countries that have not ratified the CRC are the United States and Somalia.
Child What Children Have to Say about Human Rights

Watch what children around the world have to say about the Convention on the Rights of the Child!
An 8 minute film celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, produced by ChildFund Australia and VIAfilm.
chicago Chicago and the CRC

Earlier this year, Chicago joined nine other cities and two states that have passed resolutions in support of the CRC, the first comprehensive international treaty that protects children by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services. The Chicago resolution provides the city with a framework through which different public agencies can align their work to effectively promote the well being of children.

Northwestern's University School of Law Center for International Human Rights and a diverse coalition of children's rights advocates, including Loyola University Chicago students, advocated for the passage of the City of Chicago resolution in support of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.


CRC Resources

Special free issue of Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal on the 20th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Provides an overview of two decades of development in the areas of child maltreatment research, data collection, and reporting practice, as required by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and information and practice exchange to support governments and professionals in their important efforts globally.

Plain language explanation of applicable articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Lesson plans for parents/teachers (ages 8-10) (see "Educational Resources")

Voices of Youth - Global Discussion

Campaign for U.S. Ratification
Did you know? Out of the more than 120 million children of primary school age not in school, the majority are girls.
See the Center for the Human Rights of Children Awareness Campaign on Girls' Right to Education at
LUClogo About the Center

Recognizing that children require special protections, the Center for the Human Rights of Children was founded at Loyola University Chicago in 2006. The Center pursues an agenda of interdisciplinary research, education, and service to address critical human rights issues affecting children and youth,
both locally and globally.

The Center represents Loyola University's efforts to protect and advance the human rights of children, engaging students, faculty, and the community at large through research, scholarship, advocacy, and programs.

Contact Us
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D.| Director | | 312-915-6351
James Garbarino, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty Fellow | | 773-508-3001
David Doyle | Doctoral Candidate | Graduate Assistant | | 312-915-6357

To learn more about the Center, please visit
Mission: Loyola's Center for the Human Rights of Children seeks to represent, coordinate, and stimulate efforts to understand, protect and apply the human rights of children in the face of injustice and poverty of body, mind, and spirit.