8th Conference on Child Rights & Sight

October 28, 2024 (9AM – 7PM EST)
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Guests of Honor: International Labour Organization Director Nancy Donaldson, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, and UNICEF Program Specialist Gopal Mitra with DCI leaders

Join Us at Yale for our 8th International Conference!


Senator Richard Blumenthal

Every child no matter where they are borndeserves the opportunity to live a happy, healthy and productive life. Unfortunately, both here and abroad, poverty, inability to access modern healthcare and educational inequality continue to erect barriers that stand in the way of children meeting their full potential. I applaud the efforts of Distressed Children & Infants International for their sustained commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide, including efforts to ensure that all is being done to protect and promote child vision and eye health. I was grateful to participate in DCI’s conference and look forward to following and supporting their continued efforts.


Dr. Peter Salovey, President of Yale University

As Yale's president, I am proud that our campus is home to this significant forum for advancing the cause of child rights. The partnership between Distressed Children & Infants International and Yale is built on shared values, and has proven to be deeply and reciprocally fruitful. The organization's core mission, much like the university's, is one founded on service and leadership.


Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children

At Save the Children, we join DCI in its mission of fighting poverty, hunger, child labor, and preventable blindness. Congratulations on this impressive convening. I know that it will lead to better outcomes and brighter futures for children everywhere.


Salman Khan, Founder & CEO of Khan Academy

The work that you all are doing is really, really super incredible, and it’s so in line with what we hope to do at Khan Academy. Obviously, education is one of those foundational things that we need to make broader if we really care about empowering as many people, especially children around the globe. I wish every success of DCI and strongly believe that the initiative will change the world.

About the International Conference on Child Rights & Sight: DCI holds its International Conference on Child Rights & Sight to raise awareness on child rights, including child labor and diseases that affect vision. The event gathers world-class speakers and leaders to address these pressing issues and discuss creative solutions.
To date, DCI has held six international conferences at Yale University, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019. The 8th International Conference on Child Rights & Sight will take place at Yale on Saturday, October 28th, 2023.

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Conference Objectives

1. Discuss current issues affecting children and promote awareness locally, nationally & internationally
2. Provide a platform for local, national & international participants to showcase achievements & share lessons from their experience working against child poverty, child labor & treatable blindness
3. Build a stronger international network & forge new partnerships among like-minded individuals, researchers, campaigners, policymakers & organizations.
4. Feature youth as attendees, volunteers & honorees. Encourage young people to take leadership in humanitarian causes.


2023 Conference Partners:

Yale UniversityQuinnipiac UniversitySacred Heart UniversityUniversity of New HavenEastern Connecticut State UniversityWestern Connecticut State UniversityUniversity of Saint JosephWesleyan UniversityTrinity CollegeAlbertus Magnus CollegeGateway Community CollegeNaugatuck Valley Community CollegeYale UNICEFRights & Sight for ChildrenDiabetic Association of BangladeshKalinga Eye Hospital & Research CenterEye Surgery AssociatesCheshire Chamber of CommerceTMSSBRACTauri FoundationSONICTMSS Medical CollegeBrac Net ArthurGRussell

Media Partners:

CVC Public Access TelevisionATN Bangla TelevisionWeekly BangaleeBangla TVThe Weekly BangladeshTV AsiaBangla Vision TVWeekly Bornomala