We believe that all adults – caregivers, parents, and community leaders – share in the responsibility to protect all children.
Children across the world – especially those born into extreme poverty, lacking adequate parental support and/or living in orphanage care – are vulnerable to abuses of their rights and exploitation in various forms. Our extensive experience working with children at high risk of mistreatment, abandonment and exploitation, as well as with their families and communities, has lead us to make Child Protection a priority in our work. HRI promotes child protection across all programs and activities. Special program emphasis is being placed on the following to ensure the protection of children in the specific settings where HRI works:
The term “child protection” refers to “preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage.” (UNICEF, May 2006)