Below is information on a briefing on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be held 11:00 a.m. to 12:00.p.m. on Monday, April 16th, in Senate Russell Building room 485. The briefing is designed for Congressional staffers but other interested people are welcome to attend. Jenni Gainsborough Director, Washington Office Penal Reform International www.penalreform.org 1025 Vermont Ave., N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone (202) 580-6940 ------------ Staff Briefing on the U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child Please join us for a briefing on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00.p.m. on Monday, April 16th, in Russell 485. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was undertaken as part of the celebration of the1979 United Nations International Year of the Child. Over a 10-year drafting period, the CRC developed into a comprehensive human rights treaty for children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights -- civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights. In 2002, United States has ratified the optional protocols to the Convention, but the United States remains one of only two countries --Somalia is the other-- that has not ratified the Convention. The National Juvenile Justice Network, The Campaign for the U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, the Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois, and the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law all support the Convention and encourage you to attend this timely briefing with these distinguished speakers: * Jaap Doek, Law Professor at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and Chairperson of the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2001-2006. Professor Doek will provide an overview of the key principles and articles of the Convention and explain how ratification could strengthen efforts to improve the welfare of children in the US. * Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, who will address the relevance of the CRC to issues concerning the treatment of children in juvenile justice institutional settings. Randolph Stone, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago will present information on the over-representation of children of color in the juvenile justice system and how the CRC would help us better address their needs and reduce their presence in that system. Shay Bilchik, Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Systems Integration, will moderate the briefing. ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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