Baker McKenzie is partnering with CSC to make street-connected children visible on legal and policy agendas. In particular, CSC will be able to create global awareness of the forthcoming United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations, the first ever international legal framework to protect the rights of street children.
Baker McKenzie, together with its corporate clients, will provide unparalleled pro bono legal expertise to develop the world’s first ever global advocacy map on street children, which will collect and share information on laws and policies relating to children in street situations.
Baker McKenzie’s relationship with CSC began at the American Bar Association’s summit on the Legal Needs of Street Youth in 2015. Angela Vigil explained:
“We learned that the UN and CSC wanted to make sure that street children’s voices and experiences informed the General Comment. We decided to mobilise with our corporate friends – Cargill, Merck, Regeneron and Salesforce – and together we did something that no one else has ever done on any meaningful scale. We asked hundreds of street-connected children in four capitals of the world what they wanted. These are the world’s most marginalised children – and we listened to them. That’s a first.”
This unique corporate partnership was recognised by American Lawyer at its Annual Global Legal Awards as Pro Bono Research Project of the Year.