This article focuses on the fate of street children and interactions between

street children and international law and international institutions. The

landmark November 1999 decision of the Inter-American Court of

Human Rights, Villagrdn Morales v. Guatemala, provides the basis for

this article. Villagrdn Morales was the very first case in the history of

the Inter-American Court where the victims of human rights violations

were children, and the first case ever involving street children before an

international adjudicatory body. This article examines the significance of

this decision for street children.