Public Law 109-95

Efforts to assist vulnerable girls and boys in low- and middle-income countries have traditionally focused on single vulnerability cohorts and categories – for example, children affected by HIV and AIDS, in emergencies or in the worst forms of child labor, including those who have been trafficked. Although such efforts have produced substantial benefits, this diffused approach can result in a fragmented response. Coordinated, multifaceted action helps to better assist children in adversity.

Public Law 109-95: Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005 (PL 109-95) [PDF, 2.0MB] calls for a comprehensive, coordinated, and effective response on the part of the U.S. Government to the urgent needs of the world’s most vulnerable children.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead agency under PL 109-95.

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