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


Letter: On the “Best Interests of the Child” Standard and Policy Packages

| July 29, 2019 |

On June 18, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to House Democratic Leadership regarding the “best interests of the child” standard


Letter: Our Support for the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act (S.2113)

| July 29, 2019 |

On July 24, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to the Senate Democratic Leadership in support of the Stop Cruelty to


Letter: In Support of the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Patrol Custody Act

| June 24, 2019 |

First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter in support of H.R. 3239, the “Save Kids Act,” by Representative Raul Ruiz. Excerpt: On behalf


Letter: Proposed “Parental Rights” Constitutional Amendment Undermines Protections for Children

| April 29, 2019 |

On April 25, the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) sent a letter to leaders on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in strong opposition to


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 |

July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and Defenders of children, according to


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