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Center for the Human Rights of Children

Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

June 18, 2012, Geneva Switzerland - CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, participated in a pre-session meeting with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to present findings and recommendations from the CHRC Alternative Report to the Periodic Report of the United States government to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concerning the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Prostitution, and Pornography (OPSC). The Committee makes recommendations to governments to improve their efforts to stop the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The CHRC/Young Center report focuses on sale of children for labor and labor trafficking in the United States.

In 2011, together with ECPAT-USA, the CHRC hosted a regional meeting of NGOs, scholars, and advocates to contribute to the Alternative report to the US Government Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child concerning the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC). In addition to being signatories of the ECPAT-USA alternative report, the CHRC and the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights published a supplemental alternative report focusing on sale of children for forced labor in the US.

The CHRC would like to thank students Natnael Moges (School of Law), and Catherine Lee (CAS, Psychology Dept) for their research and contributions to the alternative report.

To see a copy of the alternative report, click the links below.

CHRC/Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Alternative Report 2012

2012 Alternative Report Appendix A

2012 ECPAT-USA Alternative Report


from left to right: Maria Woltjen, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, Katherine Kaufka Walts, Loyola U. Chicago Center for the Human Rights of Children, Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, Gertrud Lenzer, Director of the Children's Studies Center at Brooklyn College, and Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, in front of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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