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June 15, 2015

Act now: human rights of Palestinian children

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children—some as young as 12 years old—are detained and arrested in an Israeli military detention system where ill treatment and abuse are widespread.  

Many are taken from their families in night raids, held without charges or due process, and subjected to abuse and poor conditions while in custody. 

Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced a “Dear Colleague” letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging diplomatic action from the State Department on the issue of human rights for Palestinian children.

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June 12, 2015

New perspectives on education: Palestinian children living with disabilities in refugee camps

by Madeline Bacchus

On Wednesday, June 10, a discussion was hosted by a member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and a member of World Vision on new education perspectives for Palestine refugee children with disabilities living in refugee camps in Lebanon. The setting of the camps is already dangerous for those who are able-bodied, with narrow streets, exposed electric wires running alongside water and limited natural sunlight.  The added on limited number of schools and health facilities makes life extremely difficult for those living with a disability.  Access to education specifically is limited, if not impossible ...

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June 10, 2015

PC(USA) Disability Inclusion Sunday 2015

From our partners in the Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA):

Whether your congregation or worshiping community celebrates Disability Inclusion Sunday on June 14, 2015, the date designated in the Presbyterian calendar, or at some other time (or times), Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC), one of the ten networks of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) urges you to take advantage of our many resources.

 This year, PDC, in collaboration with the Office of the General Assembly and the five human resources departments of the PC(USA), is excited to ...

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June 1, 2015

A Shift in Perspective- Child Sex Trafficking and Advocacy in NYC

by Sarah Hoyle

Thursday, May 28 was a long day. I didn’t step back into my summer dorm until 9:30pm, still in my work clothes and my not-made-for-NYC shoes. Rev. Koenig, German Zarate, and I had just come from a performance and panel discussion hosted by End Child Prostitution and Trafficking-USA (ECPAT-USA), the NYC Clergy Roundtable and other organizations working to end sex trafficking. ECPAT-USA is a long-time partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The performance, "A Day in the Life" by the young women of The Arts Effect NYC, gave faces to the stories of ...

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May 28, 2015

Interfaith vigil for Palestinian children

No way to treat a child logoAll are invited to attend an Interfaith Vigil on the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children, Monday, June 1, at noon, at the U.S. Capitol's Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

The vigil will highlight the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli detention and focus on the need to protect all children, both within our US communities and abroad. 

Each year hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The United Nations and many human rights groups are concerned by reports ...

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