It’s not just on the Mexican Border

It’s a tragedy what is happening on the border between Mexico and the United States. You can argue breaking up families is a deterrent to illegal immigration BUT you still can’t do it because it violates the children’s human rights.

– don’t speed or we impound the car

– don’t illegally cross the border or we impound the kids.

However, Children’s human rights are not just being violated on the border with Mexico. You will find this behaviour running rampant throughout in the legal systems in North America. The problem I want to illustrate is these kids have their own unique human rights separate from their parents.

There are lots of things we could do to get the outcomes we want if you ignore human rights. But we are better than that…we have evolved farther than that…we love kids more than that. Except that we don’t because our laws represent our values and those laws fail children every day in almost every possible way.

The court systems treat kids like an appliance to be haggled over by parents. We send kids back into unsafe environments when they have a safe home because it was the “status quo” or because its that parents “right’ to have the child. Teagan is dead because of those principles.

It is well past the due date that we collectively recognized and legislate that children have their own human rights separate from either parent.

Published by Teagan's Voice

Teagan's Voice is a national advocacy organization focused on advocating for children’s rights, including policy and procedural changes to prevent violence against children, while holding systems accountable when they fail at protecting victims of these crimes. Our vision is to ensure Canada’s youngest most at risk youth all live, grow, and are nurtured in protective and loving home environments regardless of family status, gender, ethnicity or income

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