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December 4, 2014

Red Hands continue to make a difference

by Richard Aylor

Red HandsSince April, 3 member states and 1 non-member state have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Ethiopia ratified on May 14, Guinea-Bissau ratified on September 24, and the Dominican Republic ratified on October 14.  The State of Palestine, a non-member state, ratified on April 7.   It has been a great 2014 as we move forward in raising awareness internationally to protect children from being exploited as soldiers.

This raises the number of United Nations member states that have ratified the Optional Protocol ...

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July 30, 2014

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Today marks the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the leader within the UN System on human trafficking issues is asking people around the world to join them by taking action.

Here’s how:UNODC Give Hope

You can also join efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Human Trafficking Roundtable. The Human Trafficking Roundtable is made up from a variety of programs within the Church, all working to eliminate trafficking. You can learn more about the work that each office is doing by clicking here. From fair food, protecting children from commercial ...

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February 24, 2014

Red Hands continue to make a difference: two more member states ratify

On January 15, 2014, St. Lucia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Estonia ratified on February 12, 2014 It is a great start to 2014, as we move forward in raising awareness internationally to protect children from being exploited as soldiers.

This raises to 28 the number of United Nations member states that have ratified the Optional Protocol since Presbyterians became involved in the Red Hands Campaign. There are still 39 United Nations member states left to ratify.

Every effort counts. Keep your Red Hands ...

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January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl and Human Trafficking

There is a lot of talk about the Super Bowl and human trafficking. In our community, here in New York City, voices are being raised, actions are happening!  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Human Trafficking Roundtable and partners have been careful not to conflate human trafficking with prostitution: while some prostitution is trafficking, not all is.

Our partners in at the Freedom Network USA have responded with a press release that addresses the question of sex trafficking and the Super Bowl and other large sporting events.

We commend the increase in talk about human trafficking, but remind people to ...

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November 20, 2013

The Growing Voice of the Red Hands

by Esther Lee

Red handsIt is our joy to announce that this year, Cameroon (4 Feb 2013) and Zimbabwe (22 May 2013) ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The momentum continues to build. Thanks to all who participated.

The Red Hands made by Presbyterians all over the country are delivered to the permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their governments to sign and ratify the protocol. Though this treaty does not guarantee absence of children in the military forces ...

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May 16, 2013

US remarks at high-level talks on trafficking

Remarks by Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the high-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.


AS DELIVERED

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m pleased to join so many partners and stakeholders today to discuss progress and the path forward on our shared commitment to combat modern slavery, what we also call trafficking in persons. We’re here today because modern slavery is a crime that hurts our countries and communities. It rips families apart, undermines the rule of law, creates instability ...

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January 15, 2013

Children are children, not soldiers - 11 years on

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2013 marks the eleventh anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Find worship resources, ideas for participating in the Red Hand Campaign, and suggestions for further study for this occasion. Red hands being madeThey may be used at any time.

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the ...

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December 2, 2012

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Human Trafficking Roundtable has ways for Presbyterians to get involved in ending modern day slavery.

Below is the statement from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


Eighty-five years have passed since the entry into force of the Slavery Convention, yet this dehumanizing practice has acquired new manifestations in the 21st century.

Every day, in all regions of the world, women are trafficked, sold and locked in brothels for sexual exploitation. Little girls are forcibly married, sexually abused and used as domestic workers.  Children work in ...

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October 12, 2012

No child soldiers: more steps on the journey

Red Hands from West Virginia PresbyteryAs representatives of the Member States gathered for the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, several important events took place in the effort to create a world  where children are children not soldiers:

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June 25, 2012

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the US

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child met last week with nongovernmental organizations that offered recommendations to the United States to improve its efforts to stop the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  ECPAT-USA, a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s human trafficking roundtable submitted an alternate report to the Committee. 

ECPAT-USA has posted a description of the process as well as the alternate report. 

To learn more about what Presbyterians are doing around the issue of human trafficking, visit the Human Trafficking Roundtable.

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June 6, 2012

Summer volunteers work on Red Hands

 

Sophie Beal and Elodie de Bethmann are summer volunteer interns at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  This is their first week with us, their first blog with us, and their first time getting involved with Red Hands.  Below is the blog from Sophie and Elodie.

More photos are available on our Facebook Page.


The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has taken on two new volunteer interns for the summer. We are both excited to have this incredible opportunity to experience the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Mission Council at the United Nations ...

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December 8, 2011

How to make Red Hands

Red hand being made with paintThe Red Hand Campaign asks nation states to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and make clear their commitment to ending the use of child soldiers.  The goal is for every country in the world to ratify the optional protocol by 2012, the tenth anniversary of when it took effect.

To take part in the Red Hand Campaign:

  1. Create red hand prints on paper (using finger paint, drawing an outline, using red paper, or in some other way) and then add their names, hometowns, and ...

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September 22, 2011

Red Hands make a difference

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)

Red Hands being madeWe moved another step closer a world where children are children and not soldiers today. Presbyterian Red Hands helped make it happen!

Saint Lucia signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Children and Armed Conflict.

Saint Lucia received Red Hands from Presbyterians asking them to sign and ratify the Prototocol. Signing takes the crucial first step; Saint Lucia still needs to ratify the ...

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July 22, 2011

Red Hands at work

What difference do Presbyterian Red Hands make?

A display of Red Hands with the message that children are children, not soldiersThis year three states: Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Chad recently signed an action plan to end the use of children by the country’s security forces.

Clearly the international consensus that "Children are children, not soldiers" is building.

Presbyterians are playing a part. The Red Hands made by Presbyterians are delivered to permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their ...

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July 21, 2011

Red Hands say no child soldiers

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
Matthew 19:14

Peng Leong stuffing envelopes with Red HandsRed Hands, made by Presbyterians across the church, were sent to the permanent missions of 26 member states of the United Nations today. The Red Hands, in a variety of styles, all bear the same message: "Children are children, not soldiers."

With the Red Hands went a request that the state sign and ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in ...

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March 1, 2011

New Presbyterian representative to the United Nations

Ryan Smith has been called as the new Presbyterian representative to the United Nations on the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Ryan brings experience working in faith-based non-governmental organizations in the United Nations community and Washington....

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March 15, 2010

A Prayer for the People of Myanmar (Burma)

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Myanmar. Guide them in the paths of peace and the ways of justice. We pray for the children of Myanmar, especially those who are soldiers, orphans, refugees, or forced into labor and...

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