Our Strategy for Social Change
Human Rights for Kids is dedicated to achieving lasting systemic change. Through Ripples of Hope, Human Rights for Kids engages policymakers, advocates and system stakeholders to increase protections for vulnerable children across the United States. Our strategy of hope is infused into all that we do.
The First Ripples
Ripples of Hope was developed by Human Rights for Kids President & Founder, James Dold. James first piloted this strategy to facilitate the successful passage of more than 40 anti-human trafficking laws in 20 states, in just three years. Building on this success, James successfully advocated for the passage of laws banning life without parole for children in multiple states in every region of the country. In less than five years, the number of states banning life without parole for children quadrupled.
Why Ripples of Hope
Ripples of Hope effectively leverages resources in order to maximize change. Our theory posits that by creating positive change on human rights issues affecting children in one state in each region of the country, we create momentum that will lead to continued wide-scale, systemic change in that region and, eventually, to the entire country.
As we achieve policy reforms in different regions – we position advocates to build on that success year-after-year. This cultivates hope in every corner of the nation and creates a ripple effect that emboldens child advocates and inspires policymakers to champion similar reforms, which in turn creates more hope for future reforms.
This is why Human Rights for Kids has state legislators from geographically and politically diverse regions of the country on its Board of Directors. It is also why we feel uniquely positioned to create long-term, systemic change on children’s rights issues in the United States.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”