children's rights

145 petitions

Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Mike Quigley

Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law

I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.    

patricia ward
58,701 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Google, Microsoft, Facebook

Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.

I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare.  When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage.  These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children.  Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible.  Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through

Nacole S., The Dr. Oz Show
209,300 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Senator Clausen

Change Daycare/School Laws to better protect our kids/Close Hillside Learning Center

ATTENTION!!!!!For some reason people are having troubles signing the old petition. This petition was made so that people who have had issues signing the old one will still have a chance to sign and have their voices heard. These petitions are for the same exact cause and will be linked together as one. Thank You! Please do not double sign! LINK TO 1st PETITION --   STORY STARTS HERE! Hillside Learning Center is located in Hastings Minnesota. Last August, a teacher that was employed at this daycare was responsible for continuously restraining and then biting a 6-year old child with autism. This daycare has had a large amount of violations which you can look at in links below. DHS revoked the license of the daycare and the daycare appealed the action.  DHS and Hillside came to settlement agreement in which the owner and director must hand in their license as of March 1st, 2017.  The directors lawyer has clearly stated in a newspaper interview that their intentions are to have the husband of the soon to be ex-director be in charge and run the daycare instead of closing the doors. He will still need to get the license by March. Her husband helped and worked at Hillside also. He was seen at the daycare often and was responsible for some of the paperwork. The director states that "nothing is changing and Hillside is not closing" in the interview in Star Gazette Newspaper.  That is exactly the fear of many people!! We need to stand up and let them know we are not supporting it!! We won't stand for abuse and neglect of our children!  This petition is important for a few reasons.   Bringing awareness to the fact that daycare laws and policies need to be changed. We need stronger laws!  We need laws that are going to protect our children! We need cameras in the rooms! Stronger policies such as mandotory reporting of abuse to police immediatly and mandatory time limit when contacting parents after abuse! Not allowing for daycares to have their own investigations or interviews with children. Police should do that! Not allowing family members to apply and recieve a license for a daycare shut down by DHS.Stand up, link arms and give a voice to the children who were affected by the actions and neglect from this daycare or might be in the future! PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND KEEP THEM SAFE! Show Hillside and Government officials that we do not and will not support Hillside Learning Center keeping their doors open nor caring for our children! We will not support any daycare that has been shut down by DHS for good reason!! Asking Government officials to step in and make sure Hillside closes their doors for good. That no family members have the ability to take over or get provided a license to do so. They were ordered to hand in their license for a reason! Allowing family to take over changes nothing, just like the director stated! They publicly rubbed it in that they found a loop hole in the law!  Lets seal that loop hole so no other daycare can use it!!           DEMAND THEY CLOSE THE DOORS OF HILLSIDE LEARNING CENTER FOR GOOD! DEMAND THEY CHANGE LAWS AND PROTECT OUR KIDS BETTER!! STOP PROTECTING THE DAYCARES AND SCHOOLS WHEN THEY HURT OUR CHILDREN!! Please SIGN and then SHARE to show your support!! Thank you!!   FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK OUT THESE LINKS BELOW!!! INFORMATION LINKS:  STAR GAZETTE FOX 9  DHS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT  DHS HILLSIDE LICENSE INFORMATION   PIONEER PRESS   Photo Credit of Main Photo: Hastings Star Gazette Newspaper Hastings, MN       

57 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Greg Abbott

Support my children’s custody case being reheard in another county besides Polk County

My name is Balie Humble, and I’m the proud mother to identical twin girls and my handsome son. I have been the primary caregiver to these babies for all of their lives. Thanks to a crooked and corrupt county I have now lost my custody to these sweet angels without any reasoning or cause. The twins are only four and my son two. Their father manipulated and abused the system. My children were taken from me because of who my ex knew in the judicial system and our town. I was never proven to be ill fit or undeserving of my children. I don’t drink, smoke, abuse drugs, nor am I a criminal. I have a beautiful house, loving fiancé, great job in tow as well does he. I’m currently getting ready for college for the fall semester, and had my babies enrolling in montessori school for this upcoming year. I had handled all of their insurance and medical needs. One of my twins has serious medical issues which her father has ignored and made her miss important appointments/procedures. While I was still with the kid’s father I suffered emotional and physical abuse while pregnant which many of the instances the police were called and he was charged. He wasn’t even suppose to be named a joint conservator due to his history of family abuse. I could type for days to let you know every corrupt and malpractice issue that has occurred to me at the hands of this man and county. The pain and suffering my family and I have endured is unreal. Please help and support me as I try to get my babies back home! If you would like to take the time to read every corrupt issue, series of events that have lead up to this, and show why this should have never happened in more depth come like my Facebook page! I will include the link! Any and all support is greatly appreciated as well as any prayers or good vibes sent our way! Please sign our petition! God bless you all! STAND BY ME!

Balie Humble
147 supporters