Making Human Rights Real

By Ira Lustbader, Litigation Director, Children's Rights

Children’s Rights’ work is part of a global movement to end violence against children. That’s why we were honored to author a chapter in the landmark new book Violence Against Children: Making Human Rights Real, edited by renowned scholar and children’s advocate Dr. Gertrud Lenzer.

A Family Reunited

By CR Staff

After months of separation, a Congolese asylum seeker, Ms. L, was finally reunited with her 7-year-old daughter. Children’s Rights and other nonprofit organizations filed an Amicus Brief in support of the ACLU in its lawsuit against the Trump administration for separating the mother and daughter.

Put Kids First: Urge Congress to Enact Sensible Gun Control

By Sandy Santana, Executive Director, Children’s Rights

Yesterday, in a senseless act of gun violence, at least 17 people lost their lives at a high school in Parkland, Florida—one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. We urge you to contact your Congressional representatives to enact sensible gun control. You can dial the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

SB 375: Georgia Considering Bill That Uses “Religious Beliefs” to Discriminate Against LGBTQI Youth in Foster Care

By CR Staff

This week, the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on SB 375, which would allow service providers the right to decline services to a child on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Children’s Rights strongly opposes this measure, which would effectively provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQI youth in foster care in Georgia. […]

Sex Work and Foster Care: What M.D.’s Story Can Teach Us

By Elizabeth Gretter, Senior Attorney

I will never forget the moment in late 2013 in a courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, when we all learned that M.D. was still missing.   M.D., one of the Named Plaintiffs in our Texas case, had run away from yet another failed foster care placement and upon her return to care, told workers that she […]

2017 Action Report: Building a Better Future For The Kids Who Need Us Most

By CR Staff

2017 was a groundbreaking year for Children’s Rights. With individual donation dollars we have accomplished major achievements across the country: We launched a groundbreaking case in Iowa challenging lack of mental health care and improper use of solitary confinement and physical restraints at an all-boys state juvenile detention center.  We launched Healthy Kids, a holistic advocacy […]

Meet Edgar Carranza: Foster Youth Advocate

By CR Staff

23-year-old Edgar Carranza is a former foster kid and a foster youth advocate working with Georgia EmpowerMEnt. Read his powerful description of the realities and impact of living in state care: Q: How did you come to find yourself in state care? I was thrown into foster care at age 13 when my father was deported. […]


By CR Staff

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement regarding the formal end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, released the following statement: “Children’s Rights condemns the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The repeal will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands […]


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