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Sponsored by: U.S. Fund for UNICEF

According to UNICEF, in 2012 alone, 57 million infants — four out of every ten babies delivered worldwide that year — did not have their births registered with civil authorities.

Birth registration is a fundamental human right that can safeguard children from harm and exploitation. Without an age established by birth certificate, it is much harder to protect children from child labor, treatment as an adult in justice systems, conscription in armed forces, child marriage, and trafficking. Birth registration is also needed to ensure that children have access to basic services, such as education, public health services, social protection services, and employment opportunities.

For girls, the lack of birth registration can be especially dangerous, as girls are already more likely to lack access to education, to face exploitation and abuse, and to be married early.

Surprisingly, birth registration is not a priority for U.S. Government development assistance programs. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Girls Count Act of 2015 (S. 802), that would make it official U.S. Government policy to help developing countries ensure that girls and boys of all ages are full participants in society, including birth certifications. S. 802 authorizes the Secretary of State and the USAID Administrator to support programs to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (CRVS), with a focus on birth registration.

Take action now! Contact your Senators to urge them to support Birth Registration!

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Dear Senator:

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor S. 802, the Girls Count Act of 2015.

In the United States, we take birth certificates for granted. Globally, however, many children are not registered at birth. According to UNICEF, in 2012 alone, 57 million infants — four out of every ten babies delivered worldwide that year — did not have their births registered with civil authorities.

Birth registration is a fundamental human right that can safeguard children from harm and exploitation. Without an age established by birth certificate, it is much harder to protect children from child labor, treatment as an adult in justice systems, conscription in armed forces, child marriage, and trafficking. For girls, the lack of birth registration can be especially dangerous, as girls are already more likely to lack access to education, to face exploitation and abuse, and to be married early.

Surprisingly, birth registration is not a priority for U.S. Government development assistance programs. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Girls Count Act of 2015 (S. 802), that would make it official U.S. Government policy to help developing countries ensure that girls and boys of all ages are full participants in society, including birth certifications. S. 802 authorizes the Secretary of State and the USAID Administrator to support programs to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (CRVS), with a focus on birth registration.

I believe that this is an important issue, and that is why I am asking you to cosponsor this legislation. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 20, 2018 Justina Lane
Feb 19, 2018 Magdalena Apostoloska
Feb 17, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Barb Benedict
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Martha Reed All people matter, Boys and girls alike.
Feb 10, 2018 Sandra Davis
Feb 8, 2018 Megan Smith All girls matter!
Feb 7, 2018 JOHN RUDOLPH
Feb 6, 2018 Ellie Gillespie
Feb 6, 2018 Julia McQueen
Feb 5, 2018 Jessica McGuire
Feb 5, 2018 jodi roberti-nielsen
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Feb 4, 2018 Denise Flora
Feb 4, 2018 Joyce Brogger
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Feb 3, 2018 Roger Monk
Feb 3, 2018 Mary Smith
Feb 3, 2018 Susan Berrian
Feb 3, 2018 Elizabeth Ledger
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Feb 2, 2018 April Carty-Palmer
Feb 2, 2018 Vivecka Rodriguez
Feb 2, 2018 Ioanna G.
Feb 1, 2018 julie hartfields
Feb 1, 2018 mike robertson
Feb 1, 2018 paulo reeson
Feb 1, 2018 stephanie rohmer
Feb 1, 2018 Janie Morrow
Feb 1, 2018 Linn Johnson
Feb 1, 2018 Holly Handson
Feb 1, 2018 Lisa Glenn
Feb 1, 2018 Catherine D.

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