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November 6, 2014

Book Launch: Human Rights and Adolescence 


November 6, 2014  4:30pm

Harvard Global Health Institute
104 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Harvard Global Health Institute on Thursday, November 6 for a book launch celebration and panel discussion for Human Rights and Adolescence, edited by Jacqueline Bhabha


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August 19, 2014

Now Available from Penn Press:

Human Rights and Adolescence 

 "Through in-depth analysis of existing international legal norms and implementation gaps, this volume makes a compelling case for a conscious adoption of a rights-based approach toward adolescents. Carefully balanced contributions from very different horizons reflect perfectly the complexity of the issue. Their message confirms the editor's call for a deliberate international focus on the rights, challenges, and opportunities for these children on the verge of adulthood." —Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography

"A timely and important volume, Human Rights and Adolescence brings together work by a diverse array of global scholars and practitioners to provide a much needed understanding of a rights-based approach to adolescence. By placing an adolescent rights agenda at the core, Human Rights and Adolescence adds a nuanced contribution to the emergent field of adolescent research and policy. This interdisciplinary volume will be useful for students of law, policy, and public health." —Martha Brady, Senior Associate, Population Council

Human Rights and Adolescence presents a multifaceted inquiry into the global circumstances of adolescents, focused on the human rights challenges and socioeconomic obstacles young adults face.

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August 2, 2014

Modern Europe's Roma: Still Denied Social Justice

August 2, 2014 marks the 70th commemoration of the International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day. On August 2, 1944, the last 2,898 people from the "gypsy camp" in Birkenau were liquidated. Between 220,000 to 1. 5 million of Europe's Roma were killed during the Holocaust (known as the Parajmos by the Roma). After the Holocaust, human rights conventions and intergovernmental organizations ensured a protection and safety framework for Europe's minority groups, including Roma. However, the lack of information about the Parajmos in the school curricula in many countries, as well as the recent waves of anti-Roma hate crimes, violence, and the proliferation of extreme right parties and groups are worrying signs of forgetting the past and not securing the future.  Read more

July 30, 2014

NPR Interview:

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

With political, military, economic and religious strife proliferating globally, children are increasingly turning up in the headlines.

And while kids have always suffered during the turmoils of war and crisis, there’s a sense internationally that the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

“More than ever, children are in the firing line,” Jacqueline Bhabha, a professor of human rights at Harvard University told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “At the moment with Syria, Gaza, the Nigerian girls, the U.S. border, it really highlights the extent to which children are at risk in situations of conflict or situations of emergency.”  More

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July 28, 2014

Migrant's Rights Network Book Review:

Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age

Migration of young people is seldom considered a matter requiring a distinct framework of protection, but an important new book calls for a radical re-think on how to secure the rights of child migrants. Read more

July 24, 2014

We Can Do Better

It's official. The “surge” of unaccompanied minors from Central America is a humanitarian crisis—according to President Obama. The administration estimates that at least 80,000 children (internationally defined as people under 18) will attempt to cross the border on their own this year. At least 57,000 crossed between October 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, a 106 percent increase from last year and a tenfold increase above the flows of a decade ago. Like the tragic case of refugees from Syria, this is an emergency for which recent history should have prepared us. We have decades of experience in dealing with unaccompanied minors from Central America. We know the main causes driving their migration and we know some of the solutions. But unlike the countries bordering Syria, the United States is not responding as neighbors should to a humanitarian crisis. Read more

July 13, 2014

Op Ed: Las deportaciones de EE. UU. nutren la llegada de niños solos a su frontera

Estados Unidos debería cambiar la política de deportación de delincuentes a Latinoamérica». Aunque a priori parece no guardar relación, para la directora de Recerca, abogada y profesora de Salud y Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Harvard, Jacqueline Bhabha, ahí podría estar uno de los orígenes de la «crisis humanitaria» -como la ha calificado el propio Barack Obama- a la que se enfrenta el país con la llegada en masa de inmigrantes menores no acompañados. Las autoridades norteamericanas llevan contabilizados desde octubre más de 52.000, pero se estima que este año podrían llegar a alcanzar entre 80.000 y 100.000, unas cantidades que han desbordado totalmente al Gobierno. Read more

June 27, 2014

HKS Insight Interview 

The recent surge in the numbers of undocumented migrant children crossing into the United States is causing great concern among public officials, law enforcement and human rights advocates. Jacqueline Bhabha is the Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has written extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. Her latest book is titled "Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age."

Full Transcript of the interview


June 6, 2014

Op Ed: The Nigerian Schoolgirls Near You

The abduction of hundreds of young Nigerian girls by the Islamic militia Boko Haram has been front-page news for weeks. The global public is outraged by the group’s violation of fundamental principles and sensibilities: the prohibition of slavery, the protection of personal integrity, the obligation to protect children, and the right of adolescent girls to obtain an education and choose when and whom to marry.

Yet the presence of young Nigerian prostitutes on the streets of Western cities barely elicits a reaction. Indeed, most people simply avert their eyes. And the media barely mention the issue. Read more

May 30, 2014

CCTV Interview

CCTV's Elaine Reyes speaks to Jacqueline Bhabha from Harvard University's school of public health to find out more about India's latest rape case and the safety of women in the country.

April 17, 2014

FACULTI Media Interview

Jacqueline Bhabha is interviewed on her most recent book, Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age