Jean Geran, a University of Wisconsin–Madison alumna who has worked on international child protection issues in a variety of capacities, will discuss “Right to Identity: Child Abandonment, Trafficking, Migration and Protection,” as this year’s J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor.
“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child articulates a child’s right to identity in Articles 7 and 8,” Geran explains. “Millions of children around the world today lack a basic identity from birth registration or legal documentation, which makes them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse through child trafficking, migration or neglect and the key to assisting them is to protect each child’s right to identity.”
Geran (Ph.D. ’01 in development studies) will outline the importance of this often-overlooked human right and how it underpins both vulnerability and opportunity for all children in this year’s Soffa Lecture, on Tuesday, November 18, at 4 p.m. in AT&T Lounge at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., on the UW–Madison campus. The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of International Studies and Human Rights Program.