Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

While my son is getting ready to head out tonight to harvest Halloween candy, excited by the chance to lug a pillowcase full of chocolate bars around the neighborhood,I’ve been thinking about the children who harvest the cocoa that goes into the chocolate in his bag. Because while he finds an evening of hauling candy … Continue reading Trick or Treat? The True Cost of Chocolate

Good Question

Will the United States step up and be a moral leader for the refugees fleeing Central America? Sonia Nazario, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Advocates' 2015 Human Rights Award recipient, asks this question in her news report on how the United States, according to Nazario, "has outsourced a refugee problem to Mexico that … Continue reading Good Question

No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help

The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach is an image we should never forget. Instead of romping on the resort beach, Aylan―in his red shirt and dark pants—lies lifeless, his face buried in the sand. Aylan; his brother, Galip; his mother, Rehan; and his father, Abdullah, had fled the violence in Syria, … Continue reading No Matter Their Country, All Refugees Need Attention and Help

You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future

A week away from the start of my final year of high school, I am ready. My pencils are sharpened, ready to attack the loose-leaf paper in the three-ring binders waiting in my backpack. My textbooks are in the mail, I’m all signed up for the school bus, and I'm excited about receiving my school … Continue reading You & I Can Give a Child a Bright Future

Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

Oromos and others in the Ethiopian diaspora are on the edge of their seats. Not only are general elections in Ethiopia scheduled for Sunday, but today the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is reviewing Ethiopia's human rights record. Ethiopia under review at the UN Today, May 22nd, the United Nations’ Committee on … Continue reading Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association's (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body that oversees implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IOYA worked diligently to raise funds from … Continue reading Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia