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Transcript of Bruce Harris
The Children Rights
Children In The Labor Force
Millions of children have no access to education, work long hours under hazardous conditions, are forced to serve as soldiers in armed conflict, or languish in institutions or detention centers where they endure inhumane conditions and assaults on their dignity. Young and immature, they are often easily exploited. In many cases, they are abused by the very individuals responsible for their care. We are working to help protect children around the world, so they can grow into adults.
By:Angel Mireles, Jose Arias, Kelvin Martinez, and Josemarco Pedilla
This man Bruce Harris fought
for children rights.
A quote this defender said
"Why are the children hungry? Why are they being abused and murdered?"
Throughout Latin America, homeless children are beaten, tortured, raped, and murdered with virtual impunity. Bruce Harris was Central America’s foremost advocate for "street kids." From 1989 to 2004, Harris was the director of Casa Alianza, in Guatemala City, which provides food, shelter, medical care, drug rehabilitation, counseling, skill training, legal aid, and other services to forty-four hundred homeless children abandoned to the streets. His investigations have led to 392 criminal prosecutions where children were the victims, and he was the first person in the history of Guatemala to successfully sue police for the murder of a street child. At the request of the Attorney General, Harris investigated and exposed a baby-trafficking ring where poor women were tricked into giving up their infants for adoption. Bound for the United States, each of these infants yielded a hefty twenty-thousand-dollar fee for unscrupulous middlemen. One alleged perpetrator (married to the president of the Guatemalan Supreme Court) then filed criminal charges against Harris for defamation. In Guatemala, truth is no defense in a defamation suit, and defamation is a criminal offense. Despite the danger of imprisonment (with some of the fifteen law enforcement personnel he helped land in jail), Harris forged ahead. Today Harris resides in the United States and continues to work in the area of social service, serving seniors on low, fixed- incomes and grandparents raising grandchildren. Harris advocates for better entitlement programs for seniors and works one-on-one with seniors to help solve their seemingly insurmountable problems. In 2006, Harris was a participant in the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ gala in New York City.
children need to have better education