Our July/August newsletter features the FXB Center’s research, advocacy, and media efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting human rights, and structural racism. Read it here and sign up to subscribe here.
Jacqueline Bhabha, Roshni Chakraborty, Vasileia Digidiki, Margareta Matache, Samuel Peisch, and Ana Cristina Sedas
This FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University report, submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the basic rights of vulnerable children. This report presents evidence of the pandemic’s impact drawn from several different constituencies with whom the FXB Center has an active research engagement: (1) Roma children in Europe, (2) Migrant children in Mexico and Central America(3) Vulnerable children in India, including Rohingya refugees (5) Child victims of domestic abuse in the US. States’ response to the pandemic have exacerbated the vulnerability of many groups of children, leaving them without access to basic rights and exposing them to increased exploitation, abuse, discrimination, and community isolation. The report concludes by advocating for non-negotiable child protection obligations to be enforced as a necessary element in all public health policies instituted to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the report here.
June’s newsletter features the FXB Center’s advocacy and research efforts related to structural racism, including police violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Read it here and sign up to subscribe here.
Elizabeth Donger and Jacqueline Bhabha
This FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University report underscores the need for innovative community strategies to prevent serious violations of children’s rights. The report documents and evaluates the harm prevention work carried out by the children’s rights nonprofit Child in Need Institute (CINI) in the Murshidabad District, in the Indian state of West Bengal. This report describes at “systems strengthening” approach to improve the overall functioning of child protection systems to prevent harm and violence against children before harm occurs, rather than after. Read about the report here.
Returning Home? The Reintegration Challenges Facing Children and Youth Returnees from Libya to Nigeria
Vasileia Digidiki and Jacqueline Bhabha
This report from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and International Organization for Migration (IOM) finds that young migrants who return home from Libya to Nigeria often face serious challenges in their efforts to reintegrate into society. The report, “Returning Home? The Reintegration Challenges Facing Children and Youth Returnees from Libya to Nigeria,” highlights the dangers and risks that a particularly vulnerable population, children and young people from Sub-Saharan Africa, faces while migrating.
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Before, Not After: An Evaluation of Aangan Trust’s Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India
Elizabeth Donger, Jacqueline Bhabha, Ayesha Mehrotra and Miriam Chernoff
This report makes an evidence-based case for prioritizing prevention. It documents and evaluates the work carried out by the children’s rights nonprofit Aangan Trust since late 2015 in Konia, a peri-urban slum area in Varanasi, a large city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The FXB study involved a mixed-methods quasi-experimental design. It shows just how difficult harm prevention work is, but also shows that Aangan’s harm prevention model has considerable potential to yield benefits to at-risk children.
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One in One Hundred: Drivers of Success and Resilience among College-Educated Romani Adolescents in Serbia
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Center for Interactive Pedagogy in Belgrade
The report title refers to the 1 percent of Roma who beat the odds and reach university. The project compared the educational trajectories of 89 Romani adolescents who succeeded in attending college in Serbia and 100 Romani youths from similar neighborhoods who did not. Almost all of the respondents (93 percent) in the sample (both college students and the comparison group) reported that their parents valued education for their children, in contrast to the dominant narrative that Roma are indifferent or hostile to education. In the study, Roma students also revealed they had faced a severe degree of discrimination. What emerges is a challenge to the easy story that Roma lack of educational achievement results from Roma cultural attitudes rather than persistent racism and poverty. Read more about the report here. Or go directly to the report.