Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008: Security Assistance Restrictions
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is broadly viewed as a human rights problem, a form of trafficking in persons, among the worst forms of child labor, and a war crime. The United Nations U.N. has identified the recruitment and use of child soldiers as among six grave violations affecting children in war and has established numerous monitoring and reporting mechanisms and initiatives to combat this practice. The U.N. Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict affirmatively verified over 7,000 children as having been recruited and used as soldiers in 2018 alone the total number of children serving as soldiers around the world is believed to be significantly higher.