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UNICEF USA Steps Up to Show Support for Disabilities Convention

The cover page of the booklet containing more than 67,000 names of Americans who support CRPD ratification. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF was among the leaders in mobilizing people to sign the petitions and letters!

— Mark Engman is Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. At the U.S. launch of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report in May, Senator Tom Harkin spoke eloquently of his commitment to fight for U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). He urged UNICEF supporters […]

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USF Salutes Sabre for Fighting Trafficking

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— Sabre, the global travel technology company, recently launched its “Passport to Freedom” initiative to fight child sex trafficking and exploitation. The company also joined the “Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.” This is a big deal: Sabre is the first such company to join “The Code.”
The Code, a joint venture of ECPAT International and the tourism private sector, provides a way for businesses in the travel and tourism industry to combat child sexual exploitation. UNICEF serves as an advisory partner for The Code.

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Progress on legislation to support water and sanitation programs

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— This week, the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011 (S. 641) unanimously passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee! Our thanks to the Committee’s leaders, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), as well as the bill’s sponsors, Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Corker (R-TN).

Your voices helped make this progress possible! But the job is not done – the legislation still must pass the full Senate, and the House of Representatives still needs to pass a companion bill of the same name (H.R. 3658). You can help – keep contacting your Members of Congress to ask them to support the Water for the World Act.

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Senator Frist visits Dadaab camps

© David Lienemann/White House photo | Dr. Jill Biden and Dr. Bill Frist visit with two recently arrived refugee families at the Dagahaley refugee camp, in Dadaab, Kenya, Aug. 8, 2011. Doctor and former Senator Bill Frist is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon. He currently is chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit that promotes improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace.

Mark Engman is with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Public Policy & Advocacy team.

Heart surgeon, U.S. Senator, Senate Majority Leader, chairman of a nonprofit – Bill Frist has played many roles during his life of public service. But his most important role right now is that of humanitarian.

Dr. Frist joined Dr. Jill Biden (wife of Vice President Joe Biden) on a trip to see the effects of the famine affecting 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, and to draw attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees in the camps of Dadaab, Kenya.

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Delta Airlines takes a stand to protect child rights

— In March, Delta took another step forward as a leader in helping the world’s children: it became the first major airline in the world to enter the fight against the sexual exploitation of children by signing the “Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.”

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The U.S. human rights record and how to share it

— Most Americans probably missed it, but November 5 was an important milestone for the United States – on that date was the United States’ first ever presentation of a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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