In his first blog post of 2016 at Human Rights at Home, Professor Jonathan Todres discusses the need for a Children’s Bill of Rights. He points out that the U.S. is the only country in the world that has not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Last fall, representatives introduced a House Resolution calling for passage of the Children’s Bill of Rights, championed by the bi-partisan group First Focus. Todres calls for a collective New Year’s Resolution, to support this bill of rights which would “cement our commitment to ensure that children have what all (or nearly all) parents would wish for their children anyway: protection from harm, a relationship with caring parents, access to a safe, quality learning environment, and appropriate health care when needed.”
Jonathan Todres is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His research focuses on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being, including child trafficking and related forms of exploitation. He is the co-author of Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law.