Violence against children, in all its forms, takes a disastrous toll on the physical, mental, and social development of the more than 1 billion children around the world who are affected. They deserve a real childhood. 

If we solved the problems of child trafficking, child marriage, and child labor, there would still be more than 800 million children in the world affected by violence. We need a complete solution.

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Half the world’s children—over 1 billion—experienced violence in the last year. Violence against children includes physical, emotional, and sexual violence, and many of these children suffer other harms –through abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Violence can come in many forms, including trafficking, child labor, early marriage, and other harmful traditional practices.

Every child, in every setting, in every country is vulnerable to violence. Often the most susceptible and least protected are children living in extreme poverty, children fleeing conflict, and girls.

Historically, the United States has taken a very targeted approach to ending violence against children – creating effective strategies to counter one problem at a time, but now is the time for a full solution.

"He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight." –Psalm 72:14

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs has been a model in helping to end violence against children through grant programs. These programs take a holistic approach to ending child labor – including education, economic opportunity, and community support. In the President’s proposed budget these programs have been eliminated. Ask your members of Congress to reject these cuts.

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(Last Updated 5/1/18)