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November 2014 marked 25 years since the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is the most widely ratified international treaty incorporating comprehensive s human rights with the intent of protecting such rights for all emotional protections. Article 37 specifically addresses protections in instances when a child is deprived of liberty with article 40 establishing parameters for juvenile justice.

While the U.S. played a key role in drafting the UNCRC, it still has yet to ratify this treaty. The reality is that our nation may become the lone member nation failing to ratify; the U.S. is the only nation in the world that has not ratified the UNCRC to protect children’s rights.

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