Why Our Work Matters
When we fail to protect our children from harm or effectively treat children who have suffered harm, we condemn them to a life of continued abuse, hardship, poor health, incarceration, and early death. This is why addressing human rights abuses against children must include an inter-sectional approach where every system that impacts our children is examined, held accountable, and improved. Only by addressing these issues together can we mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and ensure that every child has the ability to reach their full potential and lead long, healthy, and productive lives.
Our Human Rights Focus
“Ripples of Hope”
Our Theory of Social Change
By creating positive change on human rights issues affecting children in one area of a region of the country or world, we create momentum that eventually leads to broader wide-scale, systemic change in that region. These incremental policy reforms – even if it is in only one state or country – positions advocates to build on that success year-after-year. As we cultivate hope in every corner of the nation or world, we create a multiplier effect that emboldens child advocates and inspires policymakers to champion similar reforms which in turn creates more hope for future reforms.
The power of hope lies in its ability to inspire and cultivate further action. In a world full of darkness, hope is the flame that can light an infinite number of candles, and it is in the light of all of those candles that darkness is driven out. But it starts with a single candle. The “Ripples of Hope” Theory of Social Change was conceived by President & Founder, James Dold, who first used the theory to help create national movements to fight human trafficking and end the use of juvenile life without parole. Year-after-year this theory radically transformed the way the nation responded to modern-day slavery and how it treated children convicted of serious crimes.
Why Hope Matters
“Suffering is one of the unfortunate certainties of the human condition, but our suffering is only tragic if we let it be. Out of our suffering hope is born. At first this hope is just for us, but we can use it to light the candle of hope for others and ease their suffering too. When enough candles are lit in the darkest and most forgotten places of this world and even those who were once forgotten can see, only love is left. Hope is everything because hope is love.”