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Camille Van Kote

About Camille Van Kote

Camille Van Kote is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked as an AmeriCorps member for Jumpstart for Young Children. She was also involved with the Columbia Child Rights Group, where she spearheaded various campus-wide events, including film screenings, conferences and fundraisers, to promote awareness on children’s issues. She interned at Tahirih Justice Center and Kids in Need of Defense, working with courageous women and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence. This past summer, she interned at the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, an NGO advocating for sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.

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“Raise the Age,” Now Law in New York, Is Stil a Subject of Debate, April 10, 2017 By Jesse McKinley “To be sure, the law – signed Monday by Gov. Cuomo in a celebratory ceremony – represents a major change in how the state deals with 16- and 17-years-old defendants, diverting the majority of those […]

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A couple Texas Legislative updates: Texans Care for Children, Why Legislators Should fund Pre-K Quality Through the New Grant Program (With Maps by Legislative District), Stephanie Rubin February 24, 2017 “But that only works if the grants are large enough to encourage districts to participate. If the Legislature provides $236 million for the 2018-19 biennium, and the same […]

16th Zealous Advocacy Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN

We are formally inviting you to our 16th Zealous Advocacy Conference! The Zealous Advocacy Conference is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. This […]

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NPR Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary, February 7, 2017, ANYA KAMENETZ “The 59-year-old philanthropist and activist from Michigan takes over the leadership and management of a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion annual budget. Now, the question is: How much will actually change for the nation’s 50 million public school students and 20 […]

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Fighting the Worst Pipeline of All: From School to Prison, Indian Country Media, Commentary, Frank Hopper, Posted: Jan 02, 2017 “Another pipeline crossing Indian country threatens our most precious resource. This pipeline has been under construction for nearly a century and has already done irreparable damage to Native people and communities. It doesn’t carry oil or […]

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Advocates Want Juvenile Justice Overhaul, Clash Over Direction, by Jessica DaSilva Nov. 29 — When it comes to overhauling its juvenile justice system, Virginia has garnered a reputation as a model of teamwork and progress. Yet even in a state poised to set a national standard, it’s still bedeviled by some of the same problems […]

50 Years Ago #Gaultat50

From the National Juvenile Defender Center:  FIFTY YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 6, 1966, a young lawyer named Norman Dorsen forever changed juvenile jurisprudence in America. Under marble columns in the ornate US Supreme Court Chamber, Mr. Dorsen argued before the nine Justices that a 15-year-old boy, Gerald “Jerry” Gault, was as deserving of his due process […]

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:   “Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) funnel […]

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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 […]

International Youth Day 2016

August 12th is International Youth Day! Check out the following statement from the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights: International Youth Day 2016: #YouthVoicesMatter! Uphold Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights! This International Youth Day, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and the Latin American Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) join advocates […]