HRFK Leading National Efforts to End Human Rights Abuses Against Children
Our work has led to the introduction of 16 different child rights bills this year in 3 states and the U.S. Congress. These policies ranged from training educators on how to prevent child trafficking to criminalizing child labor trafficking in order to protect children from harm. Proposed policy changes also included ending mandatory minimum sentences for children, restoring formerly incarcerated children’s right to vote, and strengthening due process protections to safeguard the constitutional rights of children in the justice system – and many more!
We‘ve delivered oral testimony before 9 committees this year in Nevada, Arkansas, and Vermont. And we submitted written testimony to 4 committees in Hawaii. We also helped plan and organize a Press Conference in Hawaii where we delivered powerful remarks in support of proposed policies that would have advanced the rights of children in the justice system in the Aloha state.
FIGHTING FOR KIDS IN CONGRESS
HRFK advocated for the introduction of 3 child sentencing reform bills in Congress and is spear-heading a broad bi-partisan coalition effort to ensure these bills become law!
These bills include H.R. 1949, H.R. 1950 (Sara’s Law), and H.R. 1951.
VICTORY IN ARKANSAS!
This year HRFK developed and successfully helped pass SB 573 in Arkansas which will allow formerly incarcerated children to be discharged from lifetime post-release supervision and have their voting rights restored!
The new also requires children in Arkansas prison to be given access to the same educational and rehabilitative programming as adults.
One of the most incredibly rewarding parts of our work in 2019 has been walking alongside fellow advocate and survivor-leader, Sara Kruzan, as we worked to ensure the introduction of “Sara’s Law” around the country and in the U.S. Congress. We made sure that Sara’s voice was heard by policymakers and the public so that our nation understands that what happened to her was a human rights abuse. By recognizing this through the passage of Sara’s Law she will get the public apology that she deserves for being wrongfully imprisoned for nearly two-decades.
HRFK provided training to more than 100 survivors of sex trafficking to empower them to use advocacy tools and knowledge to change public policy at the 2018 GEMS More Than a Survivor Conference in Oakland, CA.
TRAINING TASK FORCES
HRFK Helped Train the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force on Child Labor Trafficking in January 2018.
We hope that you will join with us, because together we can make real and lasting change to ensure that every child’s human rights are protected!