Mission, Values & Vision

Our Mission
Human Rights for Kids is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights for children. We use an integrated, multi-faceted approach which consists of research & public education, coalition building & grassroots mobilization, and policy advocacy & strategic litigation to advance critical human rights on behalf of children in the United States and around the world. Our work consists of: (1) Protecting children from harm; (2) Reforming justice systems to ensure we focus on rehabilitating children who come into conflict with the law; (3) Protecting immigrant, non-native children from harm and discrimination; (4) Promoting access to quality education for all children; and (5) Promoting healthy communities for children to ensure access to housing and health care.

Human rights abuses of children are perpetrated around the world by government entities, private companies, and individuals. Central to our mission is documenting and exposing these human rights violations and demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice and that child victims be provided with care, love, and support.

Whether it is the failure of governments to protect children from harm or provide quality education, these issues are interconnected and only by addressing all of them will we begin to eliminate and prevent human rights abuses against children altogether. Critical to our model and theory of change is bringing together experts in various fields to develop solutions to these issues and pressing the need for reform to the public, the courts, and public policy makers.

We also work to ensure that every nation state has signed, ratified, and is in compliance with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and other applicable international treaties that promote and protect the human rights of children.

Our Vision

Human Rights for Kids envisions a world where society protects children from violence and harm, provides treatment and care to those children who do suffer harm, rehabilitates and forgives children who make mistakes or harm others, and ensures that all children are healthy and have equal opportunity in the race of life so that they may pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.

Our Values

Love – we love our children, one another, and ourselves, including those who may disagree with us.

Hope – we hope for a better future for our children, one another, and ourselves.

Moral Courage – we believe that moral courage is the one essential, vital quality needed to create a better future for our children in a world that yields most painfully to change.

Empowerment – we believe in empowering those who have been directly impacted by human rights abuses as children to create change, and empowering one another to be our best selves.

Integrity – we believe in living out our values in every aspect of our work in good times and in bad times.

Honesty – we believe in being honest with others, one another, and ourselves no matter how difficult it may be because honesty is the foundation of love.

Inclusivity – we value inclusivity and believe that people of all backgrounds have an important role to play in creating a better future for our children.

Diversity – we value the diversity of children that make up the world and the diversity of one another which makes us stronger, more beautiful people.

Determination – we believe that through our determined efforts there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

Genuineness – we believe we are at our best when we are our authentic selves; there is only one of us and we were born to shine.

Selflessness – we believe in the importance of sacrificing for our children and for one another which is the touchstone of love.

Leadership – we are all leaders; we credit others when we achieve success and shoulder the blame when things go wrong, as they sometimes will.

Humility – we are humble which is most accurately reflected in how we treat and value others.

Confidence – we are amazing, gifted, and incredible advocates who are a force for good individually and together.