A new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) program aims to help the millions of children around the world who are sexually exploited, serving as child soldiers, or toiling in virtual slavery. HSPH’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights is creating a suite of five classes focused on child protection as a sub-concentration in the public health master’s program situated in the Harvard Humanitarian Academy, which offers courses in disaster response.
The new program—led by Jennifer Leaning, the François Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and FXB Center director, and Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Center research director and professor of the practice of health and human rights—will be one of the first interdisciplinary graduate programs in child protection and will train a new generation of leaders in the field. The organizers hope the new program will help fix the global system of child protection. “It really is a broken system,” Leaning said in a December 2, 2013 Harvard Gazette article.