Why Ratify?

The CRC, incorporates the full range of human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political, and social - into one text that promotes and protects the well-being of the world's children and their families. Read more.

 US Ratification and implementation of the CRC:

"By not ratifying the treaty we have everything to lose and nothing to gain." Charles MacCormack, Former President of the Save the Children in the CQ Global Researcher

The CRC changes children's lives!

  • In East African refugee camps, orphans no longer have to depend on a friendly adult to get fed.
  • In Senegal, Niger and Egypt village elders have been concvinced to postpone marriages for child brides so that they can get educated.
  • In Minnesota, because the US has ratified the CRC's protocol against trafficking in children, teens who were forced into prostitition are put into rehabilitation rather than prison.

The reasons for ratification and implementation of the CRC are many and strong. There are many benefits to ratification, accompanied by a few, quite manageable responsibilities. There are many disadvantages for the United States, especially now that the United States is the only UN member that has not yet ratified the CRC. The ratification process is straightforward and can be implemented once we have the political will. Even without ratification, it is in the interest of the US to articulate its implementation of the CRC’s standards for children’s rights.

Positive changes resulting from implementing the CRC throughout the world...


Does the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child Make a Difference?
Presented at a Conference at Michigan State University Law School Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children
April 4, 2013, Howard Davidson