UNICEF responds to commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor, harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage and more. UNICEF aims to prevent and respond to such abuse, especially for those most vulnerable: children on the move, children living on their own and children living in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters.
Working with governments on both national and community-based levels, UNICEF advises and assists on child-protection legislation. In the United States, UNICEF USA launched the Child Friendly Cities Initiative: a two-year process in which local governments work with UNICEF USA to establish policies that ensure safer, more just, equitable, inclusive and child-responsive communities.
Educating and supporting families, UNICEF strengthens efforts to work with parents and caregivers to reduce violence against children in the home and strives to create a world where every child grows up free from fear, exploitation and harm.