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


First Focus Campaign for Children Releases Proactive Kids Agenda

| December 13, 2018 |

Blueprint Shows How 116th Congress Can Act on the Best Interests of Children


The Proactive Kids Agenda for the 116th Congress

| December 13, 2018 |

Any policies that affect children should base their foundations on the best interests of the child.


Letter to Congress: The Family Separation Crisis and Labor-HHS

| July 30, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children and 60 other groups sent a letter to the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human


Champions for Children 2017

| July 19, 2018 |

Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and


Members of Congress Who Advanced Children’s Issues Recognized by First Focus Campaign for Children

| July 19, 2018 |

Contact: Simona Combi, 202-657-0679, simonac@firstfocus.org July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and


Social Media Kit: 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard

| July 19, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children released its 2017 Champions Scorecard. In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress


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


Fact Sheet: Family First Prevention Services Act

| March 9, 2018 |

The Family First Prevention Services Act was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. This act reforms


Unfair, Insulting Tax Bill Gambles with Our Children’s Future

| December 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children, issued the following statement after passage of the Republican tax bill in the House


Letter to Senate in Support of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017

| November 6, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the