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Who Will Speak for the Child? Human Rights at Home and the Convention on the Rights of the Child


December 7 | NYU Law School | NYC

With Nadine Strossen, Laura W. Murphy, Walter Dean Myers, Jonathan Todres, Deborah Ellis, and Uzodinma Iweala; remarks by author Susan Kuklin, of PEN’s Children’s Book Committee

Co-sponsored by PEN’s Children’s Book Committee, the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy (ACS), and NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was intended to be a comprehensive, legally-binding human rights treaty for the protection of children irrespective of national boundaries. As the 20th anniversary of its U.N. adoption passes, the U.S. and Somalia remain the only two nations party to the U.N. that have not ratified this document. This panel brings together writers, legal scholars, and advocates to discuss what may be done to build momentum for CRC ratification.

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• Jonathan Tores discusses the CRC
• Walter Dean Meyers discusses justic facilities
• Deborah Ellis reads from collected stories 

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.