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June 9, 2015

NO to Child Labour—Yes to Quality Education

by Nathan Jumper

World Day Against Child Labour posterThe following statement was made in June 2014 and is attributable to the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN):

Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal economy and agriculture. Eighty-five million of these children work in severely hazardous conditions. Several millions more are victims of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities.

But in recent years we have made progress. Since 2000, the United Nations has reduced child labour ...

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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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November 5, 2014

ECPAT Luggage Tags at Germonds Presbyterian Church

by Velta Upeslacis


ECPAT TagsWhile attending the 58th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014, I learned about various NGO's and how they are contributing to women's empowerment both nationally and worldwide.  
I recently attended a conference "Changing the Conversation"  where the Rev. Mark Koenig , director of the was a prominent speaker.  In a small group discussion,  he told us about a bright, hand-woven  luggage tag that he had which is sold by ECPAT-USA for a mere $12.  ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) made a powerful impact on me when I learned about it at the ...

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June 4, 2014

Children, Not Soldiers

by Max Hill

Ricky Velez-Negron ChildrenNotSoldiersIn March, the United Nations and UNICEF launched an initiative to end the use of children as security forces by governments. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui launched the initiative. This campaign is known as Children, Not Soldiers.

This initiative is a call to action that highlights the importance of allowing all children of the world to have the chance to grow up without being recruited and used as soldiers. In his announcement of the initiative, the Secretary-General stated, “children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns ...

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June 3, 2014

Red Card to Child Labour Campaign

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by Grace Segers

On June 12, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will be supporting the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign. The ILO reports there are an estimated 168 million child workers in the world. These children suffer abuse as sweatshop workers, miners, child soldiers, sex workers, or in other horrific and inhumane positions. The Red Card to Child Labour initiative is an attempt to raise awareness of these children’s plight through social media.

The Red Card campaign will culminate on June 12 with a Thunderclap message. Thunderclap allows various organizations and people ...

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