Something to think about as we continue to ask #WhereAreTheChildren:

The United States signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (#UNCRC) in 1995, but is the only United Nations member state that is not a party to it. A short explanatory history follows. 1/
On 16 February 1995, Madeleine Albright, at the time the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, signed the Convention. Ratification requires that the President send it to the Senate for a 2/3 majority vote to pass; if it does, the President can then ratify it. 2/
Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama each ratified the CRC but failed to submit it to the Senate. As of June 2018, the Trump administration has not ratified it. Apparently the reasons why are too varied and complex to relate here. 3/
Also, I do not think it is place to opine on them here. I do suggest reading about them on the Wikipedia topic page "U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child." 4/
You can then decide how you would like to pursue getting the CRC submitted, passed and ratified by the only nation on earth that has not done so. Let's remove this ugly stigma. 5/x

#CRC #WhereAreTheChildren @ACLU @realDonaldTrump @SenateMajLdr @SenateGOP @SenSchumer @SenateDems

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