June 13, 2017

International Child Rights: Global Challenges and Local Implications


Baltimore, MD, (June 13, 2017) – Felicity Sackville Northcott, Ph.D., Director of External Partnerships and International Services, will give a presentation at the Community College Master Teacher Institute’s annual workshop, International Child Rights: Global Challenges and Local Implications.

This two-day workshop is hosted by The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for European Studies along with the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies, and Madison College’s Center for International Education.

Dr. Northcott will teach on three topics: 1) International Child Rights Framework: International Legal Instruments/Tools of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the U.S. Action Plan Children in Adversity, 2) Child Migrants, Refugees, Minorities/Indigenous People, Central American Youth, Unaccompanied Refugees, and Indigenous Rights, and 3) A Child’s Right to a Family, Families not Orphanages, Orphan Tourism/Service Learning and Intercountry Adoption.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with a general introduction to the international framework for the protection of child rights. The framework includes the CRC and related UN instruments as well as how global institutions protect, or fail to protect, the human dignity of each child. Specific challenges that are included in the U.S. Action Plan on Children in Adversity will be explored in more depth, including child trafficking, migration, refugees, children outside of family care, and each child’s right to an identity and nationality. By exploring these specific challenges, participants will be encouraged to link the broader international framework to their local context through proposed course content and identification of hurtles from traumatic childhood experiences that their students or clients may be struggling to overcome.

International Social Service, USA Branch is the U.S. member of a global child protection and social service network. International Social Service connects vulnerable children, adults, and families, separated by international borders, to the services and support they need.



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