The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in Court

During the 28 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child entered into force, it has become the world’s most ratified human rights treaty—with the notable exception of the United States—and a powerful tool for advancing children’s rights. The Convention is the canonical statement of children’s rights, but it is also an enforceable legal instrument being applied around the world to protect children’s rights.

The excellent Child Rights International Network ["CRIN"] launched the CRC in Court case law database in 2009 to highlight important court decisions that quote and discuss the Convention.

This report draws out the ways the CRC has been used around the world to challenge abuses of children’s rights, but also where it has been misunderstood and misapplied by national courts. It addresses the use of the Convention in general, and features more detailed analysis of three of the most cited rights under the Convention and the divergent ways they have been applied and interpreted.

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More and better compensation for victims of child sex abuse

Things are moving on in the USA. People are campaigning to get more and better compensation for victims of child sex abuse that results in images of the abuse being made and distributed over the internet. Well done James Marsh, the brilliant lawyer who will not let this go.

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State and Federal Sexting Laws

This regularly updated fact sheet provides a brief overview and link to each of the state sexting laws.Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2015). State Sexting Laws. Cyberbullying Research Center.

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Hatch and Corwin Editorial: A Lifeline for Victims of Child Pornography

Child pornography leaves in its wake a trail of tragedy and shattered life. While public policy may never eradicate this evil altogether, it can at least alleviate the suffering of its victims. That’s exactly what Senator Hatch has sought to do with a groundbreaking new proposal that will provide justice for victims of child pornography.In an effort to update our laws for the digital age, Senator Hatch has introduced the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, named after the victims of some of the most widely circulated child pornography series ...

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Marsh Law Firm Supported Child Victim Bill Passes U.S. Senate

The Senate today by unanimous consent passed legislation led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to require amateur athletics governing bodies to report sex-abuse allegations immediately to local or federal law enforcement, or a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department.Most importantly for victims of child pornography, the bill reforms Masha's Law found at 18 U.S.C. 2255 by significantly enhancing federal ...

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VG Exposed the Largest Child Sexual Abuse Forum. It was Run by the Police.

It is January 2017. At this point the two have been running the Childs Play website for three months. Under their supervision, thousands of members have shared photos and videos of children being sexually abused. A Norwegian member boasted of abusing children in his own family. Some members got together in person to commit abuse, which they filmed and shared on the forum.It’s understandable that Jon and Paul look shocked. Finding them was thought to be impossible. The website they operate is on the so-called “dark web”. Encryption was supposed to keep the ...

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Former Scout leader in Uxbridge, teacher’s aide in Northbridge sentenced to 12 years for child porn

A former Uxbridge Cub Scout leader and Northbridge High School instructional aide was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distribution of child pornography.Mr. Andolina was ordered to pay $11,000 restitution. The money goes to victims of child pornography shared online by defendants in such cases. He must pay $3,000 to the Marsh Law Firm in San Francisco for the “Utah Victims Clinic.”

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Broward lawyer owes child pornography victims $142,600, judge rules in growing national trend

When a Broward lawyer was convicted of possessing more than 1,000 child pornography photos and videos, which he viewed at home and at his law firm, he was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.But earlier this month, in a growing trend, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale also ordered David Rothenberg to pay a total of $142,600 in restitution to nine of the children who appeared in the disturbing digital images. Much of the material involved torture and extreme violence.…Hepburn and James Marsh, a New York attorney who also represents child pornogr...

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Breaking the silence, easing the anguish

She met James Marsh, a New York lawyer working on the same issue. Soon, the two were seeing clients individually, but collaborating on finding a way to quantify the pain survivors felt.To say that was easier said than done is to understate the obvious. If someone steals a television, an offender might be ordered to pay the victim the cost of replacing it. But what should be the compensation for victims of child porn, whose injuries are complex and life-changing and linger long after the crime itself? "It was a question of inventing the wheel," Hepburn says, ...

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Utah Big Brothers Big Sisters sued for sex abuse by mentor

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah organization has been sued by a man who says the group did not do enough to stop a former mentor from sexually abusing him when he was a boy over a period lasting nearly five years.The mentor, Antonio Cardenas, pleaded guilty to child sex abuse involving the same alleged victim in 2012 and is now serving a 35-year federal prison sentence.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court.The group's president and CEO, Nancy Winemiller Basinger, said in a statement Wednesday that the organization was ...

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