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Where does Hillary Clinton Stand on Children’s Rights in the USA?

Urge Secretary Clinton to Help Save Ariana-Leilani

How a leader handles a crisis reveals what they are made of and the quality of the people they choose to support them.   Do they respond with integrity?  Do they check the facts before they act?  Are they careful about who they get their information from?

Around the time the US press was preoccupied with the Bengazi scandal, the US Press overlooked another international scandal that was closer to home but just as concerning.

Due to concerns expressed by medical and humanitarian authorities, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography made an inquiry to Secretary Clinton’s US State Department questioning the US violations of the rights of dual citizen German-American Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC.

Rather than make an independent inquiry into those concerns, Secretary Clinton’s State Department blindly referred the matter to the District of Columbia Child and Family Services (DC CFS) — which has a well established record of incompetence that is so poor it is under a US Federal Court monitor.    Not surprisingly, the leaders of the DC CFSA at the time had known sex offenses (its Director having had sex with one of his young patients, and the other, its General Counsel, charged and placed on probation for indecent exposure in a public restroom).   Despite those sex offense records, both were allowed to run and operate the agency that was responsible for protecting DC’s children.   The then General Counsel of the DC CFSA, James Toscano Court Papers, personally interfered with Ariana-Leilani’s getting relief from abuse and neglect, including engaging in ex parte communications with a DC Superior Court judge and making false statements to that judge to help cover up the abuse and neglect that Ariana-Leilani was suffering.

As part of its coverup of the abuse and neglect of Ariana-Leilani, based on documents obtained from the Department of State, DC Child and Family Services Agency (DC Child Protection Services) had Mr. Toscano author the misleading and inaccurate response for the Department of State to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  Not surprisingly, his response was filled with misstatements of the facts, misleading the Secretary Clinton’s US Department of State, and in turn, the UN Special Rapporteur.

The real disappointment here is that Secretary Clinton’s Department of State blindly forwarded — under Secretary Clinton’s signature —  the Toscano-drafted response to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.   We have to presume this was done by her without either checking the facts or checking the background of the author of the underlying letter.   As a result, the UN Special Rapporteur took no action and Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer.

In her run for the Presidential offices, Secretary Clinton should be as concerned about children’s rights and she is about women’s rights.   Unfortunately Secretary Clinton’s record has not demonstrated any concern for children’s rights — including failing to have the US ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.   Thus, help urge Secretary Clinton to protect children’s rights, to right this wrong, and to use her influence to help Save Ariana-Leilani…

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Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

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Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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6000 Arizona Child Abuse Reports Botched; Children Left Vulnerable

Ariana-Leilani 1Over the past four years, a team at Arizona’s Child Protective Services agency improperly designated the 6,000 cases “N.I.” — meaning “Not Investigated” — to help manage their heavy workload and focus on the most severe cases, said Clarence Carter, chief of the state’s child welfare system. At least 125 cases already have been identified in which children later were alleged to have been abused.

The sad part is that no one has been disciplined.   Similar to a practice common to areas like the District of Columbia Child and Family Services, “The practice of misclassifying the cases and essentially closing them started in 2009, and rapidly escalated in the past 20 months as caseloads increased, Carter said.

Arizona has struggled in recent years with an increase in child abuse reports, a growing number of children in foster care, and turnover of child welfare workers. It also has been criticized by families who lost children, including relatives of a 5-year-old girl who police in a Phoenix suburb said was killed by her mother despite previous abuse reports.

The hotline problems were exposed after two police agencies inquired about the status of two abuse cases. Both cases had been marked N.I., McKay said. Further investigation found the practice was widespread. The problems were blamed on a special unit that reviewed incoming hotline reports and decided, like a triage team, which ones were most serious. Normally, incoming reports from police, family, doctors or neighbors would be sent to field offices for investigation, McKay said. But the specialized unit was reviewing them first and wrongly classifying some.

The Campaign to Save 9 Year Old Ariana-Leilani in the USA

Innocence in Danger expresses support for saving 9 year old Ariana-Leilani, please joining in this effort by signing her petition:

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International Conference Convened in Geneva with Leading Experts Talk About the International Challenges of Child Protection

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Innocense In Danger Ariana-Leilani Conference

On December 18, 2012, an exciting conference was held in Geneva on the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the challenges associated with measures Child Protection, using the case of Ariana-Leilani as a case study.    Speakers at the Geneva Press Club included:  Ms. Homayra Sellier, Founder and President, Innocence in Danger international • Ms. Ariel King, Founder and President, Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation  • Mr. Ireneo Namboka, Retired UN Human Rights Protection Officer Human Rights and Child Protection from Abuse and Neglect • Ms. Paola Riva-Gapany, Deputy Director, International Institute for Children’s Rights UNCRC and Child Protection, • Ms. Gudalupe De Iudicibus, Lawyer, Swiss Foundation of the International Social Service UNCRC –  • Ms. Silke Gutzmann, Executive Director, Innocence in Danger • Mr. Dumi Senda, Poet & Children’s Book Author

Topics included:

  •  The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Child Protection: Report of Switzerland according to CIDE
  •  The UNCRC and International Child Protection Challenges: The Case of dual German-USA citizen Ariana-LeilaniProtection against Child abuse and neglect under the Convention International Rights of the Child.
  •  The rehabilitation of child victims of abuse thanks to summer camps
  •  The International Convention on the Rights of the Child across borders and challenges
  • The non-ratification of the United States the Convention on the Rights of the Child gives rise to the fact that children in the United States receive no internationally recognized right at human rights.
  • The day the sun promised to smile FOREVER! Playing the beginning of the original story inspired by Ariana Leilani
  • UNCRC Worldwide and Its’ Non-Ratification in the USA, International Implications
  • The Swiss Report to the UNCRC
  • International Social Services Cross Border Casework
  • Switzerland Child Abuse Rehabilitation through Children’s Summer Camps
  • “The Day the Sun Promised to Smile FOREVER!” Debut reading of an original children’s story inspired by The Little Ambassador, Ariana-Leilani* – by Dumi Senda

“The Little Ambassador” Ariana-Leilani, a German-American child with a fatal immunodeficiency disease, as well as abuse and neglect, represents all children whose human rights are violated. Ariana-Leilani coalition calls for international cooperation between the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama to save Ariana-Leilani by submitting a petition containing over 5,000 signatures from 125 countries.

Your signature makes a difference.  Please sign the petition.

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