Protect our children and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child!

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What is the CRC?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a multilateral human rights treaty that advocates for the rights of all children internationally; it benefits all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status. According to the Child Rights Campaign, the CRC incorporates the full range of human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political, and social - into one text that promotes and protects the well-being of the world's children and their families. It provides a vision of children as individuals, and as members of a family and community, who have rights and responsibilities in appropriation to their age and stage of development. Implementation of the CRC has led governments to change and formulate laws, policies and programs to meet the specific needs of children in their country.

How does this affect your children?

According to the Child Rights Campaign, this is a testament to the common understanding among countries and communities that children have the right to survive and develop; to be protected from violence, abuse, and exploitation; and for their right to participate in their communities. Over the past 30 years, the CRC has reconstructed the view and the treatment of children worldwide.

The United States of America is the ONLY country that has yet to ratify the CRC.

 Why the United States needs to join:

- It will help our nation focus our energies and resources where our children need them the most.

-It will give added help to children in exercising their rights in the United States and in other countries.

-It will protect U.S. parents’ rights to raise their children.

-It will provide a way to assess the law and policy on children’s rights and well-being comprehensively in the U.S.

-This will help Americans have a more effective voice in discussions with other governments and in worldwide organizations to improve parental and children’s rights and well-being.

-It will further illustrate to the world that the U.S. is committed to protecting human rights and improving the welfare of children everywhere.

- The U.S.'s non-ratification of the CRC is quite hypocritical, as the country lectures other countries on children’s rights.

-It’s time the U.S. finally takes steps towards joining the rest of the world and ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

-Finally, the U.S. Government now lacks any voice in UN discussions about other countries' implementation of the CRC, or about the interpretation and application of the CRC. This deprives us of a tool to change international policies on children's rights.

How you can help:

By signing this petition, you are asking the United States to agree that all children deserve the right to protection, a healthy development, and to survive and thrive. It is incredibly important that we come together to show our support towards the U.S.'s ratification of the CRC. Your support will help children everywhere by telling the President of the United States and the Secretary of State that we as Americans want our country to defend the rights of children across the world.