Tell President Obama: Send the CRC to the Senate

Join UNICEF and the thousands of others calling on President Barack Obama to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Senate for ratification. The CRC is a critical tool to protect children: It defines children’s rights, and holds governments accountable for protecting them from harm. It’s also the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history — and the U.S. is the only nation that hasn’t ratified it.

We need your voice to show the President that children’s rights matter to Americans.

Add your name today to call on President Obama to send the CRC to the Senate — before time runs out.

Your Letter

Subject: Please send the CRC to the Senate

Dear Mr. President:

I strongly urge you to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the U.S. Senate this year.

Since its adoption in 1989, the CRC has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The CRC has proven a powerful tool to improve laws and policies for children and families around the world.

Unfortunately, the United States stands alone as the only UN member that has not ratified the CRC. Although the Clinton Administration signed the CRC in 1995, the treaty has never been submitted to the Senate for consideration.

Americans care deeply about the well-being of all children, and believe in the power of family. Our Nation’s failure to join every other nation in the world as a party to the CRC tarnishes our global reputation as a defender of children and family. Here at home, as you know, our own children face unprecedented exposure to adversity, poverty, violence, abuse, and exclusion. As it has all over the world, the CRC would provide us with a comprehensive framework to analyze, document, and report on conditions for children, including how government agencies consider the views of parents and youth.

Mr. President, you can take the world one step closer to universal ratification of the CRC. Please send the CRC to the Senate this year.

Sincerely,

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