Child Soldiers of Misfortune

Public schools serve as prime recruiting grounds for the military. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (Optional Protocol) is meant to safeguard the rights of children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war. Further, it was written to guarantee basic protections to former child soldiers, whether they are seeking refugee protection in the United States or are in U.S. custody for alleged crimes. Read these articles and learn about the US violations of this protocol, both at home and abroad, which rob children of foreign nationals and our own citizens of their childhoods.

Soldiers of Misfortune

Public schools serve as prime recruiting grounds for the military. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (Optional Protocol) is meant to safeguard the rights of children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war, and to...

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No Child Left Unrecruited

REPOST: No Child Left Unrecruited?, by David Goodman, Mother Jones Magazine, Nov/Dec 2002: Recruiters cited the No Child Left Behind Act…buried deep within the law’s 670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact information for every student—or face a cutoff of all federal aid.

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