Susan Bissell

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Susan Bissell
Occupation Chief of Child Protection
Employer UNICEF

Susan Bissell is UNICEF's Child Protection Section chief.[1] She is a Doctor of Philosophy.[2] She does not oppose international adoption, but believes that it is preferable for abandoned children to be taken back by their previous families and advises governments to provide small monetary incentives to families who are willing to do so.[3] She opposes the concept that there is a global orphan crisis, and believes that "the crisis is something else... a child protection crisis."[4] In 2000, her research on child labour in Bangladesh was published.[5] In 2007, she spoke at the Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada, saying that the country should prohibit all forms of corporal punishment in the home, including spanking.[6] In 2009, she spoke in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, saying that steps needed to be taken in the country to address the causes of child labour.[7] She identified the abolishment of primary school tuition payments as a good way to address these causes.[8] In 2011, when UNICEF was criticized for not acting on non-governmental organizations' claims that there was systematic use of child labour in Uzbekistan, Bissell said, "We're not police. We're not monitors."[9] After acting in Taken, a film about the trafficking of children, Liam Neeson was inspired to combat child abuse, and, in July 2013, Bissell voiced her belief that Neeson's work on this issue would be effective.[10]

Bissell is an Observer for WeProtect which is a global non-profit cooperation with the goal to protect children online and stop the crime of online child sexual abuse and exploitation. [11]


  1. ^ Gary Craig (October 21, 2012). "Oscar-nominated local filmmakers tackle sex trafficking". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved August 17, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Preventing Violence Against Women and Children: Workshop Summary. National Academies Press. 2011. p. 211. ISBN 0309211514. 
  3. ^ Aida Alami (July 26, 2013). "Moroccan adoption rules leave kids in limbo". Al Jazeera. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kathryn Joyce (2013). The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. PublicAffairs. p. 64. ISBN 1586489437. 
  5. ^ Pranee Liamputtong (2011). Focus Group Methodology: Principle and Practice. Sage Publications. p. 118. ISBN 1446242803. 
  6. ^ "L'Unicef demande au Canada d'interdire toute violence contre les enfants". Radioactif (in French). May 3, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Actions urged in Tanzania to tackle poverty, end child labor". Trend News Agency. June 14, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "World Day Against Child Labour Marks the Need to Tackle the Worst Forms of Exploitation". Journal of Turkish Weekly. June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Catherine A. Fitzpatrick (February 7, 2011). "UNICEF Official Describes "Limited Success" in Curbing Child Labor in Uzbekistan". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sam Hamilton (July 31, 2013). "Why Neeson has Taken to ending child sex violence: Liam Neeson on how film role led to him launching crusade to help vulnerable youngsters". Daily Mirror. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
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