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Jo Becker

Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

As the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, she helped campaign successfully for an international treaty banning the forced recruitment of children under age 18 or their use in armed conflict.

Her advocacy also helped lead to a groundbreaking 2011 treaty ensuring labor rights for domestic workers, which number 50-100 million worldwide.

She has conducted field investigations on children’s rights in Burma, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and the United States. Based on her expertise on the issue of child soldiers, she has addressed the United Nations Security Council, testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, conducted trainings for US and African military officers, and testified as an expert in a Dutch war crimes trial. She has written several Human Rights Watch reports and her op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, and other major papers. She is also the author of two books, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice and Campaigning for Children: Strategies for Advancing Children’s Rights. She also teaches human rights advocacy at Columbia University.

The State of the Cottage Cutting Industry in India

Jo Becker will join Jagdish Patel (People's Training & Research Center) in a discussion about the gemstone cutting industry in India. Learn about the conditions in which people work, the complexities of introducing improvements, and the role of the government. The lion's share of gemstone cutting in the world happens in India, so it is important that participants in jewelry supply chains understand 


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