As the world's most accepted human rights treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has set the standard for universal children's welfare. Despite the major role the U.S. played in drafting the Convention's articles, the U.S. and Somalia remain the only two countries which have not ratified the CRC. U.S. children suffer from some of the highest rates of poverty, hunger and infant mortality in the industrialized world. Four children in the U.S. die every day due to abuse and neglect, and nearly three quarters of all the murders of children in industrialized countries occur in the U.S. More can be done in order to safeguard our most physically, psychologically, politically, and socially vulnerable citizens. The U.S., as a world leader, has the responsibility to ensure that all children are protected from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and other injustices. The key to U.S. ratification of the CRC is to bring together all segments of civil society in advocating on behalf of the nation’s children. We need your support in order to attain this achievement. The enclosed materials found in this toolkit have been put together to help you get started.