Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Child Rights Framework for Addressing Trafficking of Children

TodresProfessor Jonathan Todres of Georgia State University College of Law, with whom I had the pleasure of editing a book urging U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, has published a new article on that topic in volume 22 of the Michigan State University College of Law Journal of International Law. Here's the abstract of the new article:

The United States, Somalia, and South Sudan are the only countries in the world that have not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The symposium essay examines the value of U.S. ratification of the CRC to the prevention of child trafficking. The essay discusses procedural benefits of human rights treaty ratification, drawing on lessons from the U.S. ratification of the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography. The essay then examines substantive benefits of the CRC, highlighting the treaty’s capacity to address many of the root causes of child trafficking and related forms of exploitation. Finally, the essay outlines the importance of a child rights framework to address the severe violations of rights that occur when children are trafficked.

Click here to download the article from SSRN. We continue to hope for U.S. ratification of the CRC and for full implementation of its rights around the world.


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