Clinton’s Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families

Pennsylvanians’ Stories

On Tuesday night, Pennsylvanians took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to tell their personal stories, which help showcase Hillary Clinton’ands lifetime of fighting for children and families.

Thaddeus Desmond is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia:

In her early 20s, Hillary Clinton spent time at the Yale New Haven Hospital researching child abuse. She saw children who had been beaten, burned, and neglected. The experience turned her into a lifelong champion for kids in need. As a child advocate social worker, I too am a champion for children and I am lucky to work with a team of champions, social workers, case managers, attorneys, other individuals whose lifelong work is to ensure all children have a chance at greatness. Child advocacy has made significant strides in the right direction but our work is far from finished. Every child deserves an advocate who truly cares for them, and they have one in Hillary Clinton. Hillary knows that when you fight for our kids, you are fighting for our future and that is why I’m with her.
Anton Moore, who is from Philadelphia, founded and runs a non-profit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence:
My name is Anton Moore, President and Founder of Unity in the Community. In 1972, Hillary traveled to Alabama on a mission. She was there to help shed light on segregated academies, private schools that propped up across the state after the Supreme Court ordered public schools to integrate. When these schools applied for federal and state exemptions, they had claimed they weren’t trying to promote segregation but Hillary helped prove they were. Hillary visited one of these academies posing as a mother looking to enroll her child and sure enough the administrators assured her they weren’t accepting black children. Hillary shared her findings with the Children’s Defense Fund. As founder of Unity in the Community, I work hard and talk to the families in my community about gun violence. In society today, we must stand up, promote nonviolence, and that is why I’m with Hillary Clinton come November.

Dynah Haubert, who is from Philadelphia, is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization:
After Hillary graduated from law school, she could have gotten a job anywhere, but she chose to work full-time for the Children’s Defense Fund. She went door-to-door in Massachusetts gathering stories from disabled children who desperately wanted to go to school, but who were prevented from enrolling by discrimination. Her research contributed to the passage of the historic legislation that required states to provide quality education for disabled students. As a disabled person, I became a lawyer to advocate that disability is not a problem to be cured but a part of our identity and diversity. And that is why today on the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I’m with her.Kate Burdick is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia:

Until the 1970s, young people who got in trouble in South Carolina were often housed in the same prison cells as adults. It was a dangerous policy that put kids at serious risk for abuse. The Children’s Defense fund dispatched Hillary to these prisons to investigate. As a result of work she contributed to after three years of litigation, the state ended this practice. From the moment a child touches the system, it’s important society lifts them up, instead of letting them fall behind. That is why I became a juvenile justice lawyer. You don’t often make headlines fighting for kids, but her whole career, Hillary has been quietly leading that fight anyway. That’s why I’m with her.

Daniele Mellott is from Mercersburg, PA. Daniele and Mark Mellott’s adoption of their son was made possible through the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act that Hillary championed as First Lady:

Hillary began working on adoption and foster care issues as a law student and never stopped. As first lady, she advocated for landmark legislation to make it easier for families to adopt kids in need, especially older kids who were worried they would never have a permanent home. My 17-year-old son was once one of those kids. We adopted Heath four years ago, but it feels like he’s always been part of our family ever. My three other kids swear he was on family vacations we took years before he joined our family. I’m not a Democrat, but Hillary cares about kids like Heath and about making families like mine complete. That is why I’m with her.

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