When Kids Empowerment was founded in June 2016, its founders Anna Kurdova, Christophe-Claude Charles-Alfred and Caroline Loussouarn Newman, legal experts in child rights, identified major gaps in the protection of migrant children. NGOs addressing rights of children on the move are faced with unprecedented and increasing numbers of migrant children. As a result, they provide emergency relief or social services and raise awareness about non-compliance of States with their international obligations, but rarely have the adequate resources or time to provide concrete structural solutions based on the actual needs of the youth or successful practices. In response to the policy limitations and lack of legal coherence within host countries compliant with the rights of migrant children, Kids Empowerment aims to realize the full development and potential of children and youth by full compliance with international law and best practices.
For the period 2016-2020, the organization considers that the situation of children on the move and youth migrants is a serious issue in Europe and elsewhere. The fundamental rights and principles of children, as established under international law, are often not respected. Lack of information, awareness and agency leads to further discrimination and neglect. The respect of basic principles established under international law is vital for the development of children into responsible, engaged and accomplished citizens. It is essential that all measures be taken to enable their full development and potential and to facilitate their integration in their new country. All programs for that period will address the rights of migrant children worldwide.