News From Organizations and Coalitions in Advocacy for Children and Young People Globally
Vol. 135: U.S.-Australia Joint Statement, InterAction Farm Bill article, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing.
May 29, 2023
The U.S. and Australia issued a joint statement about “An Alliance for our Times” to reinforce their commitments in the Indo-Pacific. In this statement, they agreed to build cyber capacity and protect children online stating that:
“The United States and Australia recognise the importance of supporting the Pacific to adopt and adapt to new digital technologies, and to manage the risks that accompany these, in order to ensure a more peaceful, prosperous, and resilient region. We commit to working together on cyber security capacity building objectives, approaches, and policies in the Pacific, and to listen to Pacific partner countries’ priorities to inform future cooperation. Online child sexual exploitation and abuse is increasingly prevalent, commodified, organized, and worsened by the speed, scale, and scope of digital technologies. We are steadfast in combating all forms of child exploitation and abuse in our communities, online and internationally. For this reason, we have decided to take steps to establish the Australia-United States Joint Council on Combating Online Child Sexual Exploitation. The Council will develop and facilitate the implementation of a joint, multidisciplinary work plan which includes cooperation in the Indo-Pacific; driving a trauma-informed and victim and survivor-centered approach; research and development; operational opportunities; policy and legislation; prevention, awareness, and outreach; and Safety by Design.”
To read the full statement, click here.
InterAction published “Preparing for the Farm Bill Reauthorization at a Time of Critical Need.” It highlights the rise in global hunger and malnutrition and describes how the Farm Bill would combat it, reiterating its importance as a tool for reversing these trends. Title III of the Farm Bill authorizes several important international food aid programs that save lives in times of emergency and address the root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition. These programs include:
They call on Congress to “update and re-authorize the Farm Bill food security programs. Support for these programs will save millions of lives, and reduce insecurity and instability in the future, thus advancing United States moral imperatives and national security interests.” To read this article, click here.
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing titled “Bring Abducted Children Home” with Michelle Bernier-Toth, Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; Jeffery Morehouse, Executive Director, Bring Abducted Children Home; Noelle Hunter, Director, International Child Abduction Prevention and Research Office; and Patricia Apy, Legal Expert on International Parental Child Abduction. The hearing focused on international parental child abduction, which is a crime in the US but not in some other countries.
Special Advisor Bernier-Toth stated that “In the United States, international parental child abduction is recognized as a crime, but that is not true in many other countries. Custody laws also vary from country to country, complicating what are already traumatic cases. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention) was developed to provide a uniform civil legal mechanism to handle parental child abduction cases. The concept is simple – that a child wrongfully removed or retained from their country of habitual residence in violation of a parent’s custodial rights should be returned promptly to that country, where competent authorities are best situated to make a custody determination in the child’s best interests.”
Other witnesses spoke about their experience with international child abduction. They called on Members of Congress to give Congress greater authority and oversight capabilities to respond to and aid constituent requests; fund research on international parental child abduction, governmental performance, and impacts on children and families; fund training across relevant sectors to effectively educate and prepare responders and the legal community to consistently uphold the rule of law concerning internationally kidnapped children and victimized families; and help parents wage and win this costly battle to reunite with their victimized children.
To read more about this hearing, click here.
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is seeking to hire a Program Assistant (PA) for its Women, Peace and Security Team in the Center for Thematic Excellence. The PA will “provide day-to-day programmatic, operational, resource, and administrative support for the Women, Peace and Security Team in the Center for Thematic Excellence. The PA assists in developing and updating informational and programmatic material, coordinates event logistics and event development, supports budget and contract management activities, and conducts basic research as needed. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Director for the Women, Peace and Security Team.” They are seeking to hire ASAP. To learn more and apply, click here
For more information, visit the Children’s Policy and Funding Initiative website: www.childrensinitiative.net
Vol. 135: U.S.-Australia Joint Statement, InterAction Farm Bill article, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing
Vol. 134: HFAC Roundtable Discussion, ChildFund and World Vision Event, & GCE-US Spotlight Event.
Vol. 133: Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation, House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing, and Decolonizing Education Financing.
Vol. 132: Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2023 International Summit on the Teaching Profession & Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools to Transform Education for All Children event.
Vol. 131: USAID Budget Hearing & Cities Summit of the Americas.
Vol. 130: USAID Budget Hearing & Cities Summit of the Americas.
Vol. 130: USAID Youth in Development Policies, USAID report on tracking funds for children and youth, and Hill Hearings.
Vol. 129: U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, InterAction Aid Delivers Report, & How to Engage the World Bank Around Child Rights event.
Vol. 128: GWI WPS White Paper, DRI NYT Letter to the Editor & The Global Boyhood Initiative and Equimundo event.
Vol. 127: USAID Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Policy, World Vision Policy Paper, & Summit for Democracy.
Vol. 126: USAID Policy Launches, U.S. Department of State Country Reports, and U.S. Department of State Women and Youth Fireside Chat.
Vol. 125: White House GPC, House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing, and 12-year anniversary of the war in Syria.
Vol. 124: U.S. President’s Budget FY24, UNICEF Report, & International Women’s Day.
Vol. 123: Calls to Action, White House GPC Report, & UN Human Rights Council 52nd Session.
Vol. 122: WHO EDC Guidelines & Cities Summit of the Americas.
Vol. 121: U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, ECW High-Level Financing Conference, & First Focus Child Immigration Webinar
Vol. 120: President Biden’s State of the Union, Earthquakes in Türkiye & Syria, and International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Vol. 119: InterAction Aid Delivers 2023 report, 20th Anniversary of PEPFAR, & multiple Calls for Submissions
Vol. 118: READ Reauthorization Act Reintroduced, PLAN International Report, & Education in Emergencies Event
Vol. 117: Education in Emergencies: A Global Call for 222 Million Children, UN 92nd session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, & the World Economic Forum.
Vol. 116: FY2023 omnibus appropriations numbers & language, Sign-on Letters, & Global Rights for Women.
Vol. 115: FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, & the U.S. Strategy on Global Women’s Economic Security.
Vol. 114:2022 U.S. Strategy to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Globally, reintroduced International Violence Against Women Act, & the Youth Alliance Working Group Updates
Vol. 113: International Children with Disability Protection Act Event, APCCA Event, & Safe from the Start ReVisioned launch.
Vol. 112: C is for Cookie Social, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, & U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues.
Vol. 111: COP27, U.S. Department of State Agency Financial Report FY2022, & EU Digital Services Act.
Vol. 110: Children & Youth at COP27, GCE-US Community of Practice Meeting, & USAID Grants.
Vol. 109: First Focus Scorecard, The Brave Movement, & GCE-US Call-to-Action
Vol. 108: Congressional Caucus for Children & Youth Globally, UN Security Council Debate, & Upcoming Events.
Vol. 107: The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act, The Brave Movement, & AAP Global Mental Health Summit.
Vol. 106: The International Day of the Girl, First Focus & ForeignAssistance.gov, and the "What Makes Me?" Report.
Vol. 105: First Focus Children’s Budget Book 2022, World Mental Health Day, & Bureau of International Labor Affairs Child Labor Reports.
Vol. 104: The International Children with Disabilities Protection Act, the READ Act Reauthorization, & Keeping Girls in School Hill Event.
Vol. 103: The Transforming Education Summit, Organizational Sign-On Letter, & Youth Protection and Safeguarding.
Vol. 102: UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Together for Girls Report, and CPFI Youth Alliance Working Group Update
Vol. 101: UNDP Report, Updated COVID-19 Orphan numbers, & Lancet Report.
Vol. 100: First Focus Sign-On Letter, U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, & The End Tuberculosis Now Act of 2022.
Vol. 99: GCE-US OMB Letter, WHO Youth Council, & New UNICEF publication.
Vol. 98: First Focus backgrounder, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) brief, & Event on Youth Perspectives on the Nexus of Climate and Peacebuilding
Vol. 97: Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council, International Youth Day 2022, & Biden’s Africa Agenda.
Vol. 96: The Children’s Safe Welcome Act, Washington Post Op-Ed, & USAID Policy Framework: Draft for Comment virtual event.
Vol. 95: Keeping Girls in School Act MarkUp, USAID Policy Framework draft, & various House and Senate Foreign Affairs hearings.
Vol. 94: Global Education Advocacy Day, The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, & U.S. Department of State report.
Vol. 93: The Brave Movement, the Youth Alliance Working Group, & Devex World 2022.
Vol. 92: Devex & The Hill Op-Eds, G7 Summit Final Communique, and How to Child Rights Event.
Vol. 91: International Children with Disabilities Protection Act, Reach Every Mother and Child Act (Reach Act), USAID Humanitarian Policy, & G7 Summit.
Vol. 90: The FY 23 House of Representatives State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IDESVC), & USAID comments on US Global Water Strategy draft.
Vol. 89: U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, Together to #ENDviolence Leaders Event, & Children’s Week 2022.
Vol. 88: FY 2023 President’s Budget Request and Congressional Budget Justification Appendix 2, USAID Menstrual Health and Hygiene guidance, & USAID’s Leading Through Learning Global Platform.
Vol. 87: First Focus Legislative Scorecard, Youth Alliance Working Group, & United Nations held the 90th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Vol. 86: Devex Op-Ed, Grantee Language during Fiscal Year 2023 USAID Budget Request Committee Hearing, & Reactions to Texas School Shooting.
Vol. 85: The G7 Foreign Ministers statement on Afghan Women and Girls, The Hill Op-Ed, & House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on USAID’s FY23 Budget Request.
Vol. 84: Children’s Policy & Funding Initiative POTUS Letter, White House 2nd COVID-19 Summit & Thrive Coalition Positive Parenting Event.
Vol. 83: Dangers Facing Children with Disabilities in Ukraine’s Orphanages, USAID Youth in Development Policy 2022-2030, & International Basic Education Letter.
Vol. 82: First Focus Letter & COVID Event, USAID Child Care Event, and Funding & Professional Opportunity.
Vol. 81: Sign-On Letters, Choose to Invest in Development and Humanitarian Action report for FY 2023, and The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum.
Vol. 80: Global Action Week for Education, Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) Consultancies, & U.S. Department of State 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
Vol 79: USAID calls for comments, Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) sign-on letter, & Mainstreaming Youth, Peace and Security in the United States.
Vol. 78: Children's Policy & Funding Initiative Presidential Letter and Youth Alliance Working Group,, Biden Administration Budget Request, and the READ Act Reauthorization, Landmark CSA Case at Inter-American Court.
Vol. 77: What Kids Want Congress to Know, InterAction statement on the FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, & Ukraine.
Vol. 76: FY 2023 SFOPS GBV Appropriations Request, FY 2022 Humanitarian Account, President's remarks on GBV, Advocacy on Ukraine, Syria, and Online Abuse.
Vol. 75: UNICEF Executive Director Interviewed on MSNBC, USAID's $2.6B requests for Gender Equality and Equity, & Annual Day of the Right of the Child.
Vol. 74: Children's and Youth Community Appropriations Letter FY23, First Focus Letter to Biden-Harris Administration, President Biden's address at the State of the Union & Children in Ukraine.
Vol. 73: Crisis in Ukraine & The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security Virtual Event.
Vol. 72: Children and Youth Sign-On Letter, Updated Caregiver Loss Numbers, & Global Disability Summit 2022.
Vol. 71: USAID 2022 Protecting Children and Youth from Digital Harm Symposium, Human Rights Watch, * Professional & Funding Opportunities.
Vol. 70: Devex article on Online Sexual Abuse of Children, NGO Community’s Response to USAID’s Climate Strategy, & United States GBV Strategy.
Vol. 69: Increase in Child Sexual Abuse, Rise in Violations Against Children in Conflict, & the State of Community-led Development.
Vol. 68: 25th Anniversary of the Children and Armed Conflict Mandate, Global Vaccine Deliveries, & the High Level Global Conference on Youth Inclusive Peace Processes.
Vol. 67: Anniversary of the Thrive Act, Global School Closures, the MINDS Act, & USAID Global LEAD Toolkit Launch.
Vol. 66: Human Trafficking Prevention Month, New UNICEF Executive Director & Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA) Civil Society Convening.