Francoise Remington is the founder and executive
director of FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, a registered 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, which seeks to
improve the conditions of children living in difficult circumstances
in the world, mainly through educational projects. FORGOTTEN
CHILDREN is implementing small vocational and educational
projects in India and Haiti.
For the past 16 years, Mrs.
Remington has been a child rights advocate. From 1985 to 1988, she
directed the India Program for the American Adoption Agency, in
Washington, D.C. During that time, she traveled extensively
throughout India visiting orphanages. She placed 25 orphan children
in American homes. While traveling in India, she also witnessed
children working in factories. In response, she established a
network of Indian and Nepalese activists who are working to
eradicate child labor. In June 1996, she testified on child labor
before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human
Rights, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. House of
Representatives to advocate that the World Bank include a policy
against child labor in its lending policies. On October 21, 1999,
she testified before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U. S.
Senate, in favor of the ILO Convention (No.182) for Elimination of
the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
Mrs. Remington holds a
Master's Degree in International Relations and Economics from the
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
and a Doctorate in French Literature from the University of Paris,
Sorbonne. She has written numerous articles on child labor, which
have been published in India, Japan, and the United States. In
addition, in 1996 she participated in an Expert's Seminar on
"Children's Rights, Housing and Neighborhood" in preparation for the
United Nations Conference Habitat II.
Mrs. Remington's work
for FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is voluntary and without compensation.
Professionally, she has been a high school teacher for many years
and currently teaches French at the Washington International School.
She has dual citizenship in France and the United States. She and
her husband, Michael J. Remington, are the proud parents of three
adopted children from India, two of whom came from an orphanage run
by the Sisters of Mother Teresa.
Mrs. Francoise Remington, Executive Director
North Edgewood Street
Phone: (703) 351-9270 Fax: