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Local senior chosen for delegation

Julia Price will address the Secretary-General regarding child soldiers

Posted: February 3, 2009 9:45 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Julia Price, a Canyon High senior, was recently named to the International Youth Delegation for the International Red Hand Day Campaign

Julia Price, a Canyon High School senior, was recently named to the International Youth Delegation for the International Red Hand Day campaign to stop the use of child soldiers.

Price will serve as the official North American Youth Delegate representing the youth of North America at the United Nations.

In this capacity, Price will advocate for the enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Optional Protocol is an amendment to the CRC banning the recruitment and use of children in armed groups under the age of 18.

As the North American youth delegate, she will also participate in high-level advocacy on behalf of child soldiers. She will attend a symposium on child soldiers, sponsored by St. Luke's Medical Center and the Roosevelt Child and Family Institute on Feb. 11.

On Feb. 12, Price will present a speech to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, in an official ceremony commemorating the passage of the optional protocol. Additionally, Julia will meet with the Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Rahkika Coomeraswamy.

The International Youth Delegation consists of one representative from each of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North American and South America.

Julia currently serves as president of Canyon High's Human Rights Watch Student Task Force. She organized a Child Soldier Awareness Assembly for Canyon High students in October 2008, along with a Red Hand Day.

Canyon High School has contributed 2,100 red handprints in support of the Red Hand Campaign. Additionally, the STF has been fundraising to financially support a former child soldier's enrollment in a rehabilitation center for one year.

This spring, members of the Canyon Student Task Force hope to present a human rights film festival bringing pressing global issues to the Santa Clarita community.

For more information about the International Red Hand Campaign visit:

For more information about the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force contact Program Director, Nancy Medina, at (310) 477-5540 or e-mail: nnazmedina@hotmail




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