by Meredith Zauflik, Chicago Congressional Action Team Leader and Whitney Cross, Chicago Community Engagement Fellow
On July 31, 2015 Chicago Congressional Action Team members Beth Beilfuss, Cecelia Torres, and Meredith Zauflik along with Whitney Cross, the Chicago Community Engagement Fellow, had the privilege of meeting with Representative Mike Quigley (5th Congressional District Illinois) to discuss UNICEF’s work and funding.
We each arrived with our small, blue UNICEF pins and a bag of nerves.
Representative Quigley supports children’s health and security. During his six years in Congress, he has co-sponsored important bills like the Girls Count Act of 2015 (H.R. 2100) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 2015 (H.R. 1779). In addition, he also co-sponsored the Global Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1567), which aligns with Goal 2 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
During our time with Representative Quigley, we thanked him for his support of UNICEF and the $132 million in federal funding that will provide life-saving services to the world’s most vulnerable children. Services that include such things as immunizations, polio eradication, access to education, and combating malnutrition.
We also thanked him for his continued work on issues relating to children and youth both here in the United States and abroad. Representative Quigley and our team were able to celebrate the success of the Girls Count Act, signed into law by the President on June 12, which will help more children around the world have access to birth registration. We also discussed the continuing need of legislation like the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which will help protect youth in the United States from exploitation and trafficking.
Thank you Congressman Quigley for your continued support of UNICEF and commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children.