Prof. Amy Risley’s New Book Traces Evolution of Children’s Rights in Latin America

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Dr. Amy Risley, professor and chair of international studies at Rhodes, has a new book out titled The Youngest Citizens. Published by Routledge this summer, it traces the evolution of children’s rights in Latin America and analyzes a dramatic discursive and policy shift that has occurred since the 1990s. 

In the book, Risley also discusses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, child advocates’ sustained efforts to influence domestic policy, and pressing issues such as child labor, child soldiers, child sexual exploitation, and unaccompanied child migrants.

A specialist in Latin American and comparative politics, Risley has conducted extensive research on human rights, civil society, and social movements in Latin American democracies.