Together with you, World Vision has been working on a goal—to ensure children are protected from exploitative child labor through strong U.S. government support. This is a big goal, but one we believe we can—we must—achieve. As with any large goal, we break it up into smaller goals and inevitably see progress along the way. This summer … Read More
Call your Representative to help fight child labor. Eighty-five million children around the world are in dangerous, dirty, and degrading jobs around the world. Of these, 5.5 million are in forced labor. When a child works, they miss out on education, play, and a part of their childhood — their physical, mental, and social development is negatively affected. … Read More
Yesterday, Sunday June 12, was World Day Against Child Labor, a day created to help bring attention to the 168 million children who are working instead of going to school, playing, being in a safe place, and simply enjoying childhood. Of those, 85 million children work in hazardous and unsafe labor conditions and 5.5 million … Read More
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.
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.
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.
As news of a budget deal rolled out this morning, we held our breath. Earlier this year our hearts sank as we realized that the entire budget line item for programs to fight child labor within the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) had been cut from the proposed FY2016 federal budget. These programs have a proven … Read More
Update September 16, 2015: Congress has introduced a budget bill that includes restored funding for ILAB programs to fight child labor! Your actions and prayers made it happen. Thank you. We want to say thank you to our advocates. In addition to making phone calls and having meetings, you have sent over 15,000 emails to … Read More
Today is recognized as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – including the 5.5 million children in forced labor. However, the United States Congress has made the decision to zero out the account that funds programs that have effectively worked with partners to withdraw 1.7 million children from the worst forms of child labor, including … Read More
Earlier this month, Senator Marco Rubio– a Senate sponsor of the Girls Count Act, shared on CNN why this legislation is so critical. Senator Rubio argues that legislation such as the Girls Count Act, as well as strong foreign assistance, not only positively impacts and saves millions of lives, but also advances U.S. national interests. … Read More