Advocacy for Children

November 2017 – The Palestinian Child Detention Bill, first bill in U.S. Congress to address Palestinian human rights read more

No Way to Treat a Child

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The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. It is a project of Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

Successful actions have included well-attended Congressional briefings and a letter from 20 members of Congress to President Obama, asking for a Special US Envoy for Palestinian Children.

In November 2017, ten members of Congress introduced the first bill in U.S. Congress to address Palestinian human rights, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children read more

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Defense for Children International-Palestine


DCIP is committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

For more than twenty years, we have supported and advocated for this child population: investigating and documenting grave human rights violations, holding both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to account, and providing legal services to children in urgent need. We will continue to demand national and international bodies enact stronger measures to safeguard this vulnerable demographic of Palestinian society.

Since DCIP’s inception in 1991, we remain the only Palestinian human rights organization specifically focused on child rights. Our highest value is the pursuit of each child’s best interests. To this end, we are guided by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as other international, regional and local standards.

As a national section of Defense for Children International (DCI), an international child-rights movement and non-governmental organization established in 1979, we pledge to follow DCI’s mandate to “promote and protect children’s rights in accordance with international standards.” At the same time, DCIP autonomously develops its own programs in response to contextual needs.

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See Essential Statistics for each of DCIP’s four main areas of work:
Child Fatalities, Military Detention, Settler Violence, and Human Shields: