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Caryl M. Stern
Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time. She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices. Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union.

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities. She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award. She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force. Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle. She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine in December 2000 and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in June 2008.

Entries by Caryl M. Stern

How to Talk to Your Kids About Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Five suggestions for parents, educators and caregivers to keep in mind when explaining the Ebola virus -- to help put children at ease, to educate and even to empower.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest the world has ever seen. Already, there are nearly 4,000 children orphaned...

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The 5 Things We Can Do to Save Newborns

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

I've been thinking about miracles lately. The miracle of life, and how nature and biology and maternal instinct allow us to give it, nurture it and protect it -- even in times of crisis, amid deprivation and loss. I am thinking of the miracles that happen when humanitarian aid workers...

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The Rising Tide of Children at Our Borders

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:51 PM

My mother came to this country as a child refugee, without her parents, in an effort to flee the Holocaust. Thankfully, she was taken in and raised for three years in an orphanage on the Lower East Side of New York City. Over the past few weeks I have been...

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What I Learned in a Syrian Refugee Camp

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Winter had fully set in when I arrived at Jordan's Za'atari camp for Syrian refugees in late December. The first seasonal storm had closed Jordan's schools, and the icy roads leading to the camp were nearly impassable.

As we trekked through frozen mud, it was painful to see children walking...

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Let's Talk About What Really Matters

(18) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.

It was an honor to stand with Melanne Verveer, the nation's first global...

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Guatemala's Children Have Been Waiting Too Long

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Today in Guatemala, 31 children are waiting for their government to decide who their families should be.

Each of those children has a family waiting in the United States, trying to finalize an adoption. But authorities have been unable to determine whether the children were voluntarily surrendered by their...

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Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

(9) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 1:58 PM

For too long, they have been invisible -- excluded, denied, abandoned, and discriminated against.

Too often, according to a new UNICEF report, they are at the very end of the line. They -- children with disabilities -- are the poorest and most marginalized people in the world,...

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How the Changing Marketplace of Food and Supplies is Saving Lives

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Last year, as crops across the Sahel belt of West and Central Africa withered, and the sky stubbornly held onto its rain, Kaltuma Brahim was growing desperate. She knew her tiny son needed help. He'd been vomiting and losing weight for weeks, and even without a scale, she

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On Passover, Remember the Hungry (And Thirsty)

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 9:02 AM

We all know the injunction at the beginning of the Passover Seder, inviting the hungry to join the feast. This year, at my table, we are adding "all who are thirsty, come and drink" to the invitation. That is because Passover falls just after World Water Day on March 22,...

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On Passover, Help Nourish Hungry Children of the World

(41) Comments | Posted April 7, 2012 | 10:48 AM

At the beginning of the Passover Seder, shortly after the introduction and blessings, we hold up the matzoh and issue the invitation, "All who are hungry, let them come and eat. All who are in need, let them come to celebrate Passover." It is a powerful call, one that resonates...

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60 Years of Saving Lives on Halloween

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Sixty years ago on Halloween, a movement was born that would empower millions of American children to help save the lives of their peers around the world. Now, as kids all over the country get ready to transform into vampires, superheroes, and princesses, this special American tradition continues -- and...

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More Than Three Million Children Imperiled in Pakistan

(40) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 2:30 PM

A colossal tragedy is taking shape in Pakistan, and we have the power to save those in its path. One fifth of the country is now underwater, creating a humanitarian crisis that is endangering the lives of 3.5 million children. That's as many children as there are people in the...

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The Humanitarian Successes In Haiti

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 4:12 PM

When I visited Haiti after January's earthquake, I met so many children who had lost parents, siblings, homes, schools, and endured horrors no child should ever experience. One little girl in pigtails still stands out in my mind. She had been playing in a courtyard outside her school when the...

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Why You Should Keep Giving to Help Haiti

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 11:44 AM

This has been, without a doubt, one of the saddest yet most rewarding weeks of my life.

News from UNICEF staff on the ground in Haiti is simply heartbreaking. In crammed hospital tents -- ringed by piles of amputated limbs, bodies, and raw sewage -- injured children lie shocked...

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A Symbol of Hope and Urgency

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 1:46 PM

If you are walking near Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York City or along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and happen upon a magnificent, gleaming crystal snowflake hovering overhead, please take a moment to consider why it is there. It is not just another seasonal ornament, and it...

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