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IICRD Associate, Manuel Manrique Castro, weighs in on the impacts of policies affecting Central American migrants, particularly on children.
From the left: Mayara Maciel, Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Laura Wright, Reshma Shiwcharran and Tara Collins at the Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS) Conference 2018 in Caux, Switzerland
IICRD is playing an active role in the new International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP). The purpose of this partnership is to answer questions related to how children's participation in international and Canadian child protection programs and policies can be monitored.
A new toolkit, Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings, focuses on advocating and engaging stakeholders to use the power of sport to strengthen the protection, development and empowerment of vulnerable children and
Wrapping up the year, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development held its Annual General Meeting in November to share highlights, lessons and impacts from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. 
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development celebrates Universal Child Day and the anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 20th).
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development is gearing up with friends and family to join Ride for Refuge - a family-friendly cycling and walking event that helps to support charities that provide refuge and hope for some of the most vulnerable people on earth.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development's Philip Cook (Executive Director) and Bill White (Former Chair) host a workshop on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Cover of Annual Report
During our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 7th, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development presented its annual report (2016-2017), focused on the '
IICRD's Micheal Montgomery is moderating a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 21st at the Canadian Museum of Nature, located in Gatineau, Quebec.
How can we use traditional Indigenous values as a holistic framework for youth programming & accountability? A 3-day course for anyone working with First Nation, Inuit & Metis youth. Dec 8-10th, 2017 Victoria BC $500
Registration closes Friday Sept 15th. For more information please see:
For a full course description please go to:
IICRD Associate, Areli Valancia, launches her new book - Human Rights Trade-Offs in Times of Economic Growth, published by Palgrave in 2016.
IICRD Associate, Suzanne Williams and the Honourable Donna Martinson Q.C.
YouLEAD Advisor, Mike McKenzie is featured in Step Up - Youth Voices in Focus: A crucial conversation about youth, disaster, and climate change adaptation​.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development played a prominent role in a special issue focused on the research and practice in the field of children and conflict.
IICRD's Chancellor Amos is featured in Ha-Shilth-Sa - Canada's oldest First Nation paper. The article "EHATTESAHT MAN HOPES TO CREATE HIS OWN SUMMER JOB" was featured on April 12, 2017.
Cassandra Paynter, a University of Victoria student, created this digital story from her placement with the International Institute for Child Rights an
Cheyenne Stonechild, Cree woman and IICRD Director, is hosting a MAY 10 DINNER, for non, current or former Aboriginal youth-in-care ages 15 – 19.
As a next step for IICRD YouLEAD training program, IICRD has applied for the new GAC sponsored INTERNATIONAL ABORIGINAL YOUTH INTERNSHIPS (IAYI) Initiative.
From a March, 2017 article in El Mundo newspaper of Colombia, where Dr.
As part of the monthly YouLEAD learning webinars, IICRD Associate Kathleen Manion facilitated a conversation with Indigenous youth w
IICRD's YouLEAD program will be hosting an ART of HOSTING MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS training for YouthWorkers and Practitioners, from March 9th to 12th, 2017 at Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem (a renowned retreat facility near Agassiz).  Being held by facilitators Pawa Haiyupis and David
On November 21, 2016, a report was released that is fundamentally important for Indigenous child welfare in B.C., and that also connects with the IICRD mission to support dignity, belonging and justice for children and youth:
Here is an opportunity for advanced legal studies on Children's Rights, through the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (non-Dutch persons are invited to apply) 
During our Annual General Meeting on December 6, the International Institute for Child Rights and Devopment presented its Annual Report focused on Influence and Insights from 2015-2016.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development honours the life and legacy of Marta Arango who left this world in her home country of Colombia on November 25th – just months after her 80th birthday.
The International Child Protection Network of Canada M&E working group (ICPNC) is hosting a webinar on November 30th through WebEx.
YouLEAD announces an exciting line up of learning calls and training certificates in 2016-2017. See the flyer for more details about dates, locations and how to join.
IICRD Associate Marie Wernham authored a UNICEF commissioned a 2016 report to explore the links and synergies between the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This detailed,
IICRD Associate Ziba Vaghri is leading an international team to develop GlobalChild, an electronic platform that aims to have a standard of reporting for all countries on their compliance with the Unite
In the summer of 2016, Chancellor Amos and Sabrina Bonfonti joined the International Institute for Child Rights and Development as Co-Coordinators for the British Columbia YouLead project.
IICRD is looking for a BC Coordinator for our YouLEAD initiative. Please see the attached job posting, and for more info contact or  Thanks! (deadline for application May 30 2016)
Excited to attend the Journey Course June 23-26th 2016 on Pender Island
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development would like to congratulate several  scholar-practitioners for receiving awards to improve the lives of children, including: 
In February 2016, IICRD's Dr. Philip Cook uses participatory tools to engage sixteen graduate students at the University of Calgary to explore a module on child rights, child welfare and development. 
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development launches interim report focused on understanding communi
When wars and conflicts end, truth commissions are typically established to a historical and impartial record of the past. There is recognition in truth commissions that learning from young people about how they have been affected is important.
IICRD and the YouLEAD team prepare for the upcoming CPID/YouLEAD Certificate Training in Terrace BC March 11-13th 2016.
Refuge Camp Chad
Philip Cook and Armel Oguniyi wrap up a four day training in Chad with ARED and Community stakeholders as part of a UNICEF funded initiative focusing on strengthening social cohesion and peace building through child protection.
Photo: Bill Beatty of Michele Cook, IICRD Capacity Director at the opening   IICRD participated in the opening of the photography exhibit by Tony Hoare on November 17th, 2015.
UNICEF Canada launched a Research Agenda with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Ron Wray and Dr.
From our dear friend and mentor Bill White/Kasalid, on his recent experience bringing traditional Coast Salish teachings to Aboriginal Youth Workers from across Canada in the "Journey", a Child Protection in Development Certificate Course, from June 4-7, 2015 in the Salish Sea.
In 2013 I joined the Mentor Me girls group through the Pacific Association of First Nations Women.
Every Thursday since 2012 I have gone to a community meal inside of the Grandview Calvary Baptist Church for approx. 50 low-income residence of that area. In order to get a meal (which includes a main dish, a salad, and a desert) you must help set up, help clean up, or pay $2.
In January 2011 I joined the Youth Advisory Committee with the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society to try to help improve foster care. We are a group of 12 youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are currently or have been in foster care.
Every year during spring break, the Youth Advisory Committee holds an annual youth conference for all the kids and youth that are part of VACFSS.
Today, the Access to Justice for Children Conference in Vancouver, BC, is being launched with a Roundtable discussion, co-hosted by Suzanne Williams and former British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Donna Martinson with key experts on justice issues involving children, to:  
from the original Spanish "Dolor Sin Fronteras" by Manuel Manrique Castro
by Krista Oehlke “Child protection is not ‘child protective services,’ but encompasses a wide range of issues…which urgently need addressing.”  
IICRD, in collaboration with the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network, launched the 2015 webinar series:   Reaching the Most Vulnerable Children:  Strategies for Strengthening Child Protection Systems
The Representative for Children and Youth has recently launched a new mobile app, Rep4Rights, to reach out to children and youth in their preferred channel.
November 20th, marks the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Here is the link to access the report. You might find it interesting. 
...the power of the tools we experienced.....
"We are in need of courage and indignation on a global scale to ensure that the Convention on the Rights of the Child may start its second quarter of a century with renewed strength and vigor."  - Manuel Manrique Castro, IICRD associate
Young adolescent girls across the world do not see themselves as having rights or the power to make decisions about their own lives, according to a new global report. Meanwhile, a separate focus group conducted in Canada revealed Canadian girls have similar concerns.
As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short.
The CREATE curriculum is designed to provide health workers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with a general introduction to children’s rights and their application to day to day work practice.
The Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.
The 67th World Health Assembly adopts historic resolution "Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children"
I now embark on a journey of improving my knowledge and skills in child protection. I join this forum/community with such intention and purpose and I pray I will have a beautiful story to tell and  a successful journey to share. 
A child lives in our area lost both her mother and father with HIV AIDS. Accordingly, she forced to live with her relatives. However, she faced unexpected challenges. Her relative tried to neglect her. She Slept alone and eat alone in separate materials.
Starting next April, children and youth around the world will be able to denounce the violation of their rights before a special United Nations body.
New York—On April 28th 2014, during the Open Debate on Security Sector Reform, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to adopt resolution 2151. This resolution represents a growing trend to address the issue of child protection from a preventative angle.
The provincial government signed an agreement to provide further protection to children and adolescents using the Internet.
The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children is developing a web tool for children to provide a platform for children to share and access resources for/by children about ending and preventing violence (a sort of ‘clearinghouse’ of resources).
By Manuel Manrique Castro  Original published in Spanish in El Mundo de Medellín, Colombia  March 12, 2014  Translated by Cynthia Selde 
Conflicts in the modern age are being fought less frequently between states, and more often within them. And with this shift, the use of children in combat has emerged as a striking trend.
Column by IICRD associate Manuel Manrique, published on February 12, 2014 by the daily newspaper El Mundo de Medellín (The World of Medellín - Colombia) Translated by Cynthia Selde.
Ottawa—On February 12th— International Day against the use of Child Soldiers — the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative introduced the second edition of “Child Soldiers: A Handbook for Security Sector Actors”.  This handbook remains a first of its kind tool for security sector actors on the p
Children say they were confused by the warning signs and did not expect such big waves when Typhoon Haiyan lashed the Philippines three months ago, according to a new report by Save the Children.
the UNICEF Executive Board opened its first regular session of 2014 by drawing particular attention to the importance of child protection, a foundation for the fulfilment of all child rights outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This is the first report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic submitted to the Security Council and its Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
What happens when the very same companies that provide life-saving drugs violate some children's rights to improve health care for others, or simply to increase the bottom line? As the pharmaceutical industry becomes increasingly globalised, it is ever more important to ask this question.
With brutality against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) reaching unprecedented levels as youngsters are maimed, killed and beheaded, and amid rampant sexual violence, the world community must use all the tools at its disposal to stop the conflict, the Security Council was warned tod
Working in child welfare in developing countries, or any country for that matter, isn't a particularly easy or simple task, in fact it's quite the opposite.
Long-term violence in eastern DRC is causing permanent damage to children’s physical and mental health, says new World Vision report
The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution seeks to help build expertise on girls’ education policies and programs in developing countries.
This month, Carleton University launched the first Canadian Children's Rights Journal to coincide with National Child Day. The date marks the occasion when Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), spelling out basic human rights for children and youth.
Last week, I reported that nearly 70 per cent of British Columbians would like to see government financial support for kids in foster care extended to at least age 21, according to a survey by the Vancouver Foundation.
The Communist Party's central committee has responded to long-time calls to relax the one-child policy and to put an end to notorious labour camps.
A report highlighting the growing epidemic of violence against children in conflict with the law, and presenting a non-violent vision of juvenile justice.
In the past 2 months, IICRD has initiated a collaborative discussion with the School of Governance at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia.
January saw the launch of our monthly brownbag lunch series “Learning Lunches” at the offices of IICRD, with an hour long conversation on our recent experiences in the field for staff, associates and Board members.
Vancouver Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society
Within the past eight months, over 52,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived at the Mexican-U.S. border seeking refuge in the United States, from Latin America’s “Northern Triangle”: Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
On March 15 and 16, 2014, we offered an introductory course in Strengthening Child Protection in Community: An Evidence-Based Approach to Child Protections Systems.
The Charter on ethical research involving children has been released.  For more information, you can visit the site here or view the full charter here. 
The CRC closed its 64th session in Geneva on 4 October and has since issued Concluding Observations to nine States.
On Feb, 17 2014, Dr. Cook, Dr. Vaghri and Dr. Bennet and UNICEF Thailand, hosted a 1 day Thai national forum on indicators for early childhood in Bangkok. Skateistan, an inspirational documentary on the power of skateboarding as a means of supporting vulnerable boys and girls in Afghanistan
Check out this wonderful article from the Atlantic on changing social attitudes towards play and protection
Dr. Philip Cook, representing IICRD, has recently completed a 5 day visit to Colombia (Feb 5 - 8) to assist in developing national and municipal indicators for protection in early childhood (for children aged 0-6).
I read this article on today's BBC news and am impressed with Finland's simple solution to giving each child a good start, all in a box (that the child can even use as a crib)!
From May 5-8, IICRD, World Vision International and World Vision East Africa Regional Office (WV EARO) hosted 14 WV child protection practitioners from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
Dr. Philip Cook presented an overview of IICRD and CPID, March 18 at the Doctoral residency. During the presentation he profiled the Circle or Rights approach using the Thai CPP program as a case study.  
Dr. Ziba Vaghri (UBC HELP), Dr. Sue Bennet (CEO, Ottawa) and Dr. Philip Cook presented at the annual Consensus in International Pediatrics Conference (CIP), Bangkok, Feb. 16, 2014.
The Canadian Child Rights Academic Network (CRAN) met recently at the Landon Pearson Centre for Child Rights, Carleton University, Ottawa. The group of approximately 25 academics and NGO researchers convened to respond to youth perspectives on children's mental health (CRC Art's. 23, 24).
Philip Cook and Stuart Hart will be co-hosting the Global Reference Group on Accountability with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Jan 25-26, 2014. Other experts include: former Committee member Lothar Krapman, Dr.
I have just completed a 4 day fascinating learning journey with Right to Play in Mali (working with national and regional partners) exploring monitoring and evaluation of child protection in the context of the recent conflict in Northern Mali, a report will be produced for RTP and a learning team
"Manifestly and palpably weak" leadership and a high turnover of directors are undermining efforts to improve children's services in England, says Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. There are 20 local authorities rated as inadequate for protecting children.
BAMAKO - Just a handful of the hundreds of Malian children believed to have been drawn into the country’s recent conflict are formally receiving help.
NEW YORK – Around the world, young people have been making one-minute videos in UNICEF-hosted OneMinutesJr. workshops. Eager to express themselves, youth participants share their viewpoints on subjects such as disabilities, juvenile justice, violence, their future and their lives.
Many Syrian children are fleeing the war in their homeland without their families. UNICEF says more than 4,000 have crossed borders into neighbouring countries with no adult to look after them. To see a short video on this issue, click here. 
OTTAWA - The Harper government will not fund overseas projects that enable war rape victims and child brides to obtain abortions, International Development Minister Christian Paradis said Friday.
April and May brought Philip and I to East Africa for phase 2 of the TOC work and to support the ADP's in setting up their final evaluation of the Child Safe Spaces Project.
Dear IICRD friends (please forward this to anyone I may have missed),
An interesting article commenting on our current Systems from Micheal!
On a snowy January day 2014, Philip and I made a long overdue visit to Cranbrook to meet with Bart Knudsgaard and Eva Cole and other members of the Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child & Family Services Society.
A wonderful weekend of learning and developing deeper connections and community as we explored IICRD's Approach to Child Protection Systems Strengthening.
If you know someone who shows outstanding respect for the rights of children, you can nominate them for a CCRC Child Rights Award!
The UN Special Representative on Violence against Children (SRSG) annual report to the General Assembly marks the start of a new phase.
The UN Special Representative on Violence against Children (SRSG) annual report to the General Assembly marks the start of a new phase.
Child Rights Information Network's (CRIN) 2012-13 annual report wraps up the organisation’s work in the past year and the events that shaped it.
Child Rights Information Network's (CRIN) 2012-13 annual report wraps up the organisation’s work in the past year and the events that shaped it.
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