Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The U.S. has not ratified this Convention, which recognizes the fundamental human rights of children.

To date, the U.S. and Somalia are the only two nations that have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

This Convention highlights the unalienable rights of children. It establishes that governments will, to the best of their ability, ensure that all children have adequate shelter and a safe living environment, nutritious food, clean water, health care, and education. It grants children the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns. In essence, the CRC requires governments to protect the humanity and value the potential of all children.

America's participation in employing the CRC is part of a larger picture-- it is an effort to protect children on a global scale. In ratifying the Convention, America is professing its faith not only in the future of America, but the world.

The possibilities are infinite. In succoring children in distress, we are unlocking a trove of untapped potential. We are instilling sentiments of compassion and tolerance. In turn, the global community will be equipped for whatever predicaments lie ahead.

We must make certain that all children can thrive. As my elected representative, I urge you to push for the ratification of the CRC. In failing to do so, we are not living up to our principles as Americans, and we are rejecting the well-being of our future.