Why We Need to Come Together Officially, to End Violence Against Children

January 3, 2017By Christina BradicProtecting Children 2 Comments

Officially, there are over one billion reasons to come together to end violence against children. Over half of the world’s children are affected by violence, and every one of these more than one billion children deserves a life where they can thrive and reach their full potential. Violence against children includes abuse, exploitation, forced labor, … Read More

The World Can’t Ignore What’s Happening in South Sudan

April 19, 2016By Guest AuthorProtecting Children No Comments

Earlier this month, Relevant Magazine interviewed Jessica Bousquette, World Vision policy advisor for child protection, about the state of South Sudan amidst a conflict that has been going on since 2013. Since the conflict began, there has been much violence displacing over 900,000 children within South Sudan, keeping them from school and putting them at greater risk for malnutrition and exploitation, including child soldier recruitment. Over the past two years, over 400 advocates have send messages to the President to bring awareness to this conflict and the impact it is having on children.

Leveraging the U.S. Budget to Fight Child Labor

February 26, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 3 Comments

Congress is now considering the President’s budget, introduced in early February, and will begin creating the budget for FY17. Among the many things included in this budget is funding (that has been allocated since 1995) for programs that support and protect nearly 2 million children in or at risk of entering child labor. As Congress decides what programs are funded, your voice is needed.

Red Hand Day: “If I run out of food, I will go.”

February 12, 2016By Jessica BousquetteProtecting Children 1 Comment

Today as we observe Red Hand Day, a day to raise awareness about the use of child soldiers, half of the nearly 60 million displaced people around the world are children. They, like Jeremiah, face risk of abuse, hunger, neglect, exploitation, and other forms of violence as they are separated from their parents or caregivers, as they run out of options for livelihoods and survival, or as education is interrupted by disaster or conflict.