children’s rights

School’s Out for Summer: But for Many Migrant Kids, the Hard Work Is Just Beginning

By Grace Stevens, age 12

You have to be at least 16 to get a job in the United States… right? It turns out that in the past five years, there has been a 70% increase in the number of children illegally employed by companies, according to the Department of Labor, and at least 10 states have introduced or passed laws rolling back child labor protections in the past two years.

Youth Activists Take On Pedestrian Safety

On average, five kids are hit by a car in New York City every day. 14-year-old Allison Collard de Beaufort is the founder and president of the Vision Zero Youth Council, part of a project supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio to make the city’s streets safer.

Rethinking School Suspension

When children are over-disciplined it has a long-term impact on society and themselves. Students are being excessively punished by suspension and expulsion at ages as early as four or five, and there are harmful consequences.

Militarization of Youth

At most public high school job fairs in the United States, students will run into military recruiters. In 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act passed, containing a small section requiring public schools to give over all student contact information to the military and allow recruiters to visit school campuses.

The Child Migrant Crisis

Since October 2013, more than 63,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, double the number from the same period last year. Many of them have come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to reunite with family in the United States or escape violence in their countries.

Childhood Under Attack in Gaza

On August 15, 2014, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that Israel’s attack of the Gaza strip that began on July 8 killed 1,999 Palestinians, including 1,434 civilians (72 percent), of whom 467 are children (23 percent).