Weekly Roundup

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Missouri governor signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect, Missourinet 

The Governor has signed legislation that an advocate says will help fight the abuse and neglect of young children in Missouri.

House Bill 1877 requires that people be listed on the Child Abuse and Neglect registry for more crimes: rape; sodomy; promoting prostitution of a victim younger than 18; sexual exploitation of a minor; using a child in a sexual performance or promoting a sexual performance by a child; and possessing child pornography or giving it to a minor.

Learning Behind Bars, The Atlantic

The number of youngsters in U.S. correctional facilities has been cut in half—a dramatic drop of 53 percent from 2001 to 2013—according to a Pew analysis of federal data. Still, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child-advocacy group, found “in every year for which data are available, the overwhelming majority of confined youth are held for nonviolent offenses.” And children of color bear the brunt of juvenile-justice policies: Black children are nearly five times as likely, and Latino and Native American youngsters are two to three times as likely, to be incarcerated as are their white peers.

Breaking the Shackles of Child Labour Imperative to Ensure Right to Education: CRY, PR Newswire

The rain Gods have a crucial role to play in children’s education in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in India. Since the livelihood of the communities is dependent on farming, lack of rains not just ruins the crops, but the chances of children going to school. To make ends meet, families force their children to take up economic roles to aid the family’s income, even if it is a meager amount.

This is when CRY – Child Rights and You, an Indian NGO which works to ensure children aren’t deprived of their rights, intervened. CRY’s partner organization Shramika Vikas Kendram (SVK) encouraged and supported the women of the community to step up and take charge of the plummeting situation. 

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