Tag Archives: Children’s Issues

National Freedom Day

February 1st is National Freedom Day, an opportunity to reflect on the travesty that is human trafficking, as well as a time to rededicate ourselves to expunging this widespread violation of human rights and dignity. On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment into law – the constitutional amendment that ended slavery in the United States. National Freedom Day concludes the month of January, which was proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and this date also aligns with the Super Bowl – the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States each year.

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Infographic displaying the price of milk now ($3.65) and the price if we go over the dairy cliff ($6-$8)

The Dairy Cliff Approaches!

You might have hoped Congress was done with different cliffs to send us over—sadly this is not the case. Without an agreement on the Farm Bill by the end of the year, Congress and the nation will go over the “dairy cliff” on January 1st. Read more…

Small, temporary houses against a backdrop of southwestern rock formations

Protect the Vulnerable During the Holidays: American Indians and Alaska Natives at Risk

American Indians and Alaska Natives have signed a vast number of treaties with the federal government, which  broadly exchanged American Indian land for the promises of healthcare and education from the federal government. While these two contractually obligated services are underfunded in good years, the impact of sequestration on these programs is devastating, unfairly putting the burden of the deficit on American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read more…

Young Girl Eating Seemingly at a Food Bank

Protect the Vulnerable During the Holidays: Children at Risk

This post is the third in a series highlighting the effects of sequestration cuts and potential funding cuts that could come out of congressional conferences in the next few weeks. Read about the effects of these cuts on women here and on seniors here.

Children are arguably the most vulnerable population in the United States; legally unable to work, vote or travel independently, they are completely reliant on others for their basic needs. While we have touched on how sequestration has affected the individuals that children rely on, many programs impacted by sequestration will directly target our nations’ children. Read more…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Spotlight on our Military

When joining the Armed Forces, it is impossible to ignore the potential of risk: risk of serious physical, emotional or mental harm, and of the ultimate sacrifice. But domestic violence should never be a threat for our men and women in uniform.

Studies have shown that domestic abuse is more prevalent in military families than in civilian families. Data from 2008, 2009, and 2010 indicate that rates of domestic violence are on the rise – before 2008, the numbers had been more or less steadily declining. Additionally, women in military communities who have been subject to family violence are often unlikely to report abuse for fear of disclosure, in addition to limited victim services. Read more…

Education transforms girls' lives -- and entire societies

Reflections on International Day of the Girl

In December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared that October 11 would henceforth be known as the International Day of the Girl. For its second year in existence, the theme of this year’s commemoration is education as a form of girls’ empowerment.

Over the past year, the face of girls’ education advocacy has been sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her activism in support of education for girls. Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on Malala, who fully recovered from her injuries and has become an important voice on this issue around the world. Her story reminds us of the real and present dangers that young women face when they demand a right that is theirs by birth: an education. Read more…

Girls holding climate change signs

Climate Change’s Disproportionate Effect on Children

On Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists sponsored by the United Nations, released their latest summary report on our global climate crisis. This group of the brightest minds in climate science helps inform policymakers with trusted, cutting-edge intelligence about climate change. This most recent report is its first in six years. While the report includes a massive amount of information (about 2,500 pages worth), the biggest take-away comes in the form of just a few percentage points. In its 2007 report, the IPCC was 90% sure that humans are responsible for climate change; in this report they have announced that they are 95%-100% sure that humans are responsible for climate change.

The recent IPCC summary report inspires us to think about how our impact on the environment and our contribution to climate change affects those who are the most vulnerable among us. In fact, while children are the least responsible for the causes of climate change, they are disproportionately affected by the threat on health and wellbeing. When today’s children come of age around the year 2030, there will be more droughts, floods and storms as a result of climate change and these natural disasters will have greater impact on the world’s poorest nations. Read more…

Government Shutdown 201

We are exactly 6 hours away from a government shutdown. While you have probably heard or seen discussion about its impact, I’m here to answer some more nuanced, specific or awkward questions. Read more…