Leveraging the U.S. Budget to Fight Child Labor

February 26, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 3 Comments

Congress is now considering the President’s budget, introduced in early February, and will begin creating the budget for FY17. Among the many things included in this budget is funding (that has been allocated since 1995) for programs that support and protect nearly 2 million children in or at risk of entering child labor. As Congress decides what programs are funded, your voice is needed.

Red Hand Day: “If I run out of food, I will go.”

February 12, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 1 Comment

Today as we observe Red Hand Day, a day to raise awareness about the use of child soldiers, half of the nearly 60 million displaced people around the world are children. They, like Jeremiah, face risk of abuse, hunger, neglect, exploitation, and other forms of violence as they are separated from their parents or caregivers, as they run out of options for livelihoods and survival, or as education is interrupted by disaster or conflict.