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Child Soldiers

Around the world, an estimated 250,000 children—some as young as 7—are involved in armed conflicts. Children are exploited in state-run armies, paramilitaries, and rebel groups. Coerced, enticed or abducted, these children serve as combatants, porters, spies, human mine detectors and sex slaves; their health and lives are endangered and their childhoods are sacrificed.

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Jerusalem
Jul 25, 2014

World Vision suspends operations in Gaza, commends Kerry for call for ceasefire

World Vision is deeply distressed by the ongoing violence, soaring death toll and destruction to civilian infrastructure resulting from the ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel.

Community members and church leaders hold a candlelight vigil in India to push for an end to human trafficking and forced labor. PHOTO: Impuri Ngayawon / World Vision
Jul 24, 2014

Child protection expert testifies before human rights hearing

World Vision calling for renewed committment to bi-lateral tools that bring government, non-profits, communities together to tackle problem.

A servant for formerly exploited children in Cambodia
Jul 23, 2014

A servant for formerly exploited children in Cambodia

Karona Kang, 44, started with World Vision as a volunteer. Today, she works with World Vision’s trauma recovery project as a caretaker for girls in Cambodia who have survived horrors like sex slavery, forced labor, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. She is among 32 staff members who work to help them find healing and wholeness. Here, she tells her story.

Boy returned to Guatemala describes ordeal near U.S. border
Jul 29, 2014

Boy returned to Guatemala describes ordeal near U.S. border

Sixteen-year-old Kenny* endured an arduous and dangerous trek from his home in Guatemala to the U.S. border, but was returned to Guatemala by the government of Mexico. World Vision communications manager Cecilio Martinez spoke with Kenny about his journey.

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (logo)
Jul 22, 2014

Anti-trafficking coalition calls on the president to keep safeguards in place for children

Any change to Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act could put vulnerable children at risk

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (logo)
Jul 22, 2014

Coalition calls for important trafficking protections to remain in place, protecting children fleeing violence

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking says removing or changing the TVPRA would weaken legal protections for unaccompanied children and make victims of human trafficking particularly vulnerable.

Guatemalan authorities guard unaccompanied children who are being returned to Guatemala, at the International Airport of La Aurora. From here they were sent to a temporary shelter. PHOTO ©2014 Cecilio Martínez / World Vision
Jul 22, 2014

A letter to Congress from the Evangelical Immigration Table

World Vision joins with the Evangelical Immigration Table to call for proper treatment of children fleeing violence in Latin America.

Syrian refugee child inside Jordan's Azraq Camp. PHOTO: Meg Sattler/World Vision
Jul 14, 2014

World Vision welcomes Security Council resolution as ‘one of many, many steps’ needed in Syria

World Vision is calling for continued focus on securing aid for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children inside Syria.

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