Child Rights

Every child should have quality healthcare, a good education, and a safe home and community. But the United States lags behind other nations in protecting these basic rights. America has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed nations, and the United States leads the world in violence against children and child poverty. Child farmworkers in the U.S. also continue to work in dangerous conditions at very young ages, and the United States is also one of the only nations that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. First Focus is working to educate policymakers about the need for reforms that protect the basic rights of every child in America.

Resources


Statement: Family Separation is Child Abuse

| June 19, 2018 |

In May, the Trump administration issued a zero-tolerance policy for families crossing the U.S. border. According to a recent report, 1,887 new children are


It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

| April 18, 2018 |

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

| November 3, 2017 |

“What could happen if the 18 million children of immigrants in the U.S. were given a path to opportunity?” Recently, the Annie E. Casey


Letter to Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

| October 6, 2017 |

On October 4, 2017, First Focus sent a letter to Professor Philip Alton, of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. First


Campaign Reduces Barriers for Foster Youth Who Want to Drive

| June 19, 2017 |

Learning to drive is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence and opportunities, enabling


Eliminating Child Labor at Home and Abroad

| June 17, 2017 |

  More than 150 million children around the world are forced into labor. Even in the US, it is legal for children as young


We Need Policies to Fight “Lunch Shaming”

| June 2, 2017 |

This past year, news outlets have exposed the act of “lunch shaming” in school districts across the nation. Stories of shaming kids for not


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It