Millions of children have no access to education, work long hours under hazardous conditions, or have their safety and futures threatened by armed conflict. They suffer targeted attacks on their schools and teachers or languish in institutions, prisons, or detention centers, where they endure inhumane conditions and assaults on their dignity, including physical and sexual assault. These abuses affect their development and may result in a loss of opportunities that are needed for healthy growth. Young and still developing, they may be exploited by the very individuals responsible for their care. We are working to help protect the rights of children around the world, so they can learn safely, be treated fairly, and thrive as they grow into adults.


Our people

Left: Illustration of young mother studying while breastfeeding. Right: Illustration of the same mother sitting in class.

Empowering pregnant girls and adolescent mothers to stay in school.

A Human Rights Watch index