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  Suicide survivors urge open conversations, awareness around mental health Five women whose lives have been intimately, irreversibly touched by youth suicide — two by their own attempts and three by deaths of family members — spoke candidly about their experiences on a panel in Palo Alto Wednesday night, urging others to speak with the […]

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Report: Youth Lack Access to Quality Defense Attorneys, Juvenile Justice  The National Juvenile Defender Center released an analysis that details how the group believes federal, state and local officials, as well as law schools and others, could help ensure more juveniles have access to legal counsel. The recommendations include appointing counsel for all juveniles without […]

Check out: Children Displaced Across Borders Conference

“CHILDREN DISPLACED ACROSS BORDERS: BRIDGING POLICY, PRACTICE, AND DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO FURTHER HUMAN RIGHTS”  A binational conference, to be held at the University of Houston and Swansea University in Wales November 18-19, 2016 Practitioners, attorneys, advocates, researchers, and students in both Houston and in Wales will come together to discuss challenges faced by immigrant, refugee, asylee, […]

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FREE WEBINAR How to Reform Youth Justice and Defense Work With Byrne Grants Free webinar hosted by National Juvenile Defender Center and National Juvenile Justice Network. Thursday November 17,  2 pm – 3pm EST / 11 am – 12 pm PST.  You can register for the webinar by visiting: http://www.njjn.org/article/byrne-grants-webinar   “Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) funnel […]

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Abused. Reported. Unseen. New analysis reveals hundreds of Houston-area children left unseen, thousands seen late, as CPS crisis continues The database shows in new detail the magnitude of dysfunction within Texas’ child welfare system. It tracks hundreds of at-risk children who are slipping through the state’s grasp as leaders fail to stem an exodus of […]

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Fights Abound at the Overpopulated Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, Houston Press The Harris County Juvenile Detention Center has kicked into “emergency staffing” mode given that the 250-capacity detention center was housing 295 kids as of September 22. By the last week of September, the population has grown to 311. The Children Act 25 years […]

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, How does Domestic Violence Affect Children? “Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. You as a parent may have left an abusive relationship or you may still […]

A Promise to Our Children

President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation for National Youth Justice Awareness Month on Friday. The statement recognizes several areas within our criminal justice system that are in need of reform with respect to children suspects. Simultaneously, it avows the government’s commitment to our youth. President Obama stated: The essential promise that we make to […]

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Presidential Proclamation—National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2016 The essential promise that we make to our young people — that where they start must not determine how far they can go — is part of what makes America exceptional. It is our shared responsibility to ensure all children are given a fair shot at life, including […]

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What Rights Does a Disabled Child Have in School? Over a period of more than four decades, the national government has moved deeper and deeper into the realm of education for disabled children, but it still is not clear what the ultimate goal is supposed to be.  Federal funds now are provided to promote an […]

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Teachers, SROs Must Learn to Manage Students Without Using Justice System The reasons why schools have SROs vary, ranging from attempting to keep students safe from intruders, to taking a proactive measure to reduce crime in schools, to trying to promote a more orderly school environment, to fostering more trust among police, youth and communities. […]