1959 – Declaration of the Rights of the Child Established

February 3, 2012

In honor of our 75th Anniversary, each month we’re highlighting ground-breaking events in the field of juvenile and family justice that have helped shape our organization’s mission to provide every family and child with access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice.

1959 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes that children need special legal protections because of their immaturity. The United States ratifies.

The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is a series of related children’s rights proclamations. The ten principles outlined in the declaration ensure that every child “may have a happy childhood and enjoy for his own good and for the good of society the rights and freedoms herein set forth, and calls upon parents, upon men and women as individuals, and upon voluntary organizations, local authorities and national Governments to recognize these rights and strive for their observance by legislative and other measures.”

Click here to read the full declaration.

Join us throughout the year as we highlight a selection of our greatest accomplishments here on our blog, and don’t miss our 75th Anniversary Celebration this July at our Annual Conference in New Orleans. Click here to view a timeline of significant events throughout our 75-year history.

If you’re looking for another way to join the celebration, make a donation to the Council in any of our 75th Anniversary Diamond Recognition Levels:

Precious Diamond Jubilee Club - $75 donation – donor receives a “75th Anniversary Donor” ribbon, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at 75th Anniversary Celebration

Brilliance Diamond Jubilee Club - $750 donation – donor receives donor pin with diamond embellishment, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at 75th Anniversary Celebration (can be a one-time donation, or pledged over the course of 2012)

Flawless Diamond Jubilee Club - $7,500 – donor receives donor pin with diamond embellishment, personalized award honoring your generosity, recognition on Council website and at events throughout the year, special recognition at and complimentary admission to 75th Anniversary Celebration party (can be a one-time donation or pledged over the course of 5 years, at $1,500 a year)

*All donors will be recognized on our website, unless otherwise requested.

To donate to any of the Diamond Donor Club levels, visit our online donation page byclicking here, or please contact Letitia Jones at lejones@ncjfcj.org or call 775-784-6012.