Every day millions of children face violence, exploitation and abuse, and are denied their rights to safety and security. UNICEF’s child protection programs strive to create an environment where children grow up free from harm.

Protecting children from abuse

UNICEF's work with partners in this area focuses on a number of issues, including:

  • Protecting children's rights online, given that Internet access and digital engagement has become such an integral and natural part of daily life
  • advocating for greater investment in — and improved access to — mental health services and support
  • working toward ending child labor and child marriage, harmful practices that threatened to make comeback during the COVID-19 pandemic

Part of UNICEF USA's mission supporting UNICEF's work promoting the rights and well-being of children around the world is to advocate for social reforms needed to address serious threats to vulnerable children in our own country. UNICEF USA is committed to racial justice including police reform and reimagining public safety in a just and equitable way. 

Read more on how UNICEF is working to protect children across the globe.

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