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:
Dynah Haubert, who is from Philadelphia, is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization:
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.