Protect Children from Discrimination, Mistreatment, & Imprisonment

Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Protect children from mistreatment by accepting the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United States claims to be the land of the free, a place where equality reigns and everyone has a voice. This is not entirely true, marked by the fact that the U.S. is the only country in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. How can our nation be truly free if we do not wholeheartedly protect a child’s right to life and education?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines the social, cultural, economic, and political rights of children. It operates on four core principles that include non-discrimination, commitment to the best interests of the child, the right to life and development, and respect for the child. The document legally binds countries to ensure children have education, healthcare, and safe living conditions.

There are numerous issues with how the U.S. treats children, with significant homelessness, separation of immigrant families at the border, and an overzealous criminal justice system. Children of color are frequently tried as adults and sentenced to prison time for minor behavioral problems. There is no effort to rehabilitate or educate them so they can reenter society. The convention strongly discourages imprisonment for minors and prohibits life imprisonment without parole as a punishment, something the U.S. still allows.

It’s time that the U.S. recognize children’s rights, both to send a message to the international community and to protect its own children. Sign the petition below to call for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Dear Mitch McConnell,

The United States is the only nation in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and it is time to do so. The convention calls for the protection of the basic rights of  children, including safety, education, and healthcare. The U.S. has its own laws protecting children, but still has its problems. The criminal justice system disproportionality punishes children of color, child poverty runs rampant, and family separation continues at the border.

Children deserve basic legal protections, no matter if they are American or live halfway around the world. I demand that you put forward the Convention on the Rights of the Child for ratification.


[Your Name Here]

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