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International Children's Day

1 June 2011

Recognising the importance of protecting children

On International Children's Day, the AIRE Centre stops to reflect on the countless number of children who are directly affected by the work that we do. Children who are part of families in difficult circumstances, for example in situations of domestic abuse or where there has been a history of trafficking, face an uphill struggle in leading a normal life.  Nevertheless they continue to inspire the AIRE Centre team through their fortitude, happy outlook and special endearing characters.

The AIRE Centre is extremely proud to be able to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and to prevent situations which would lead to their harm; for example in Omojudi v UK, J.N. and Others v UK and AA v UK the AIRE Centre has successfully challenged the deportation of either parents or children where the result would have been the separation of the family. The AIRE Centre also continues to advise and represent  EU national children, or children who are family members of EU nationals and who have been victims of domestic violence to be independent from the perpetrators of the violence. 

Through our work we have met, represented and advocated on behalf of exceptional children who remain bright, innocent and full of hope. On International Children's Day, we acknowledge these children and all others who fight against odds for a better future.

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in" Graham Greene (English Novelist, Playwright and Journalist 1904 - 1991).

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