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A Mother’s Story — What Parents Need to Know About Trafficking

Jamie Chesman, mother of trafficking survivor and anti-trafficking activist Danielle Douglas, has worked with UNICEF USA'S End Trafficking project to raise awareness of human trafficking in the United States.

— This year, the End Trafficking project has had the honor of working with Jamie Chesman. Jamie’s daughter, Danielle Douglas, is a survivor of human trafficking and an anti-trafficking activist. Danielle was 17 years old, a freshman at Northeastern University, when she met the trafficker who forced her into two years of sex slavery. She shared her story of […]

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UNICEF USA Must Reads

— A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues. Best of the FieldNotes Blog A brief pause in the Syrian conflict A cease-fire in Homs allows UNICEF to help children evacuated from the besieged city. Classrooms as refuge in the Central African Republic UNICEF opens temporary classrooms […]

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How Violence Plagues the World’s Poor

Photograph courtesy of IJM

— “The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor.” – Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, ”The Locust Effect” While working in over 190 countries and territories around the world, UNICEF comes face to face […]

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More than 500 Syrian Children Evacuated from Homs

Women, children and the elderly make up most of the evacuees. This family, pictured in July 2013, gather for a meal at a shelter for displaced people outside Homs. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0548/Alma Hassoun.

— Following a cease-fire that went into effect on Friday, more than 1,000 civilians — including more than 500 children — were evacuated from the Old City in Homs, Syria’s third largest city and a center of violence in the ongoing crisis. Despite the cease-fire, humanitarian workers have been deliberately targeted, according to Valerie Amos, the […]

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UNICEF Opens Classrooms for Children in CAR

Students at the temporary learning space at Grande Seminaire in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. ©UNICEFCAR/2014/Logan

— The situation for children in the Central African Republic is alarming. They have been displaced by violence, separated from their families, even made targets of atrocities as the impoverished country descends into conflict and chaos. Children’s education has been disrupted, too. Over the past year, an inspection of 176 schools found that 65 percent had […]

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In Colombia, UNICEF Helps Put Kids Back in School

A student (right) tells Rosa Jimenez, project coordinator for "La Escuela Busca al Niño, La Niña" (left), about her experience returning to school. Photo: Kristen Mangelinkx.

— Kristen Mangelinkx is Vice President, Regional Fundraising, at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She writes from her field visit to Colombia. We left the old city of Cartagena and drove south for an hour to reach Arjona where UNICEF and the University of Cartagena have teamed up to address the issue of children who are […]

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