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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.

Weekly Roundup

Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act marks 10th year of passage, celebrates milestones, May 25, 2016 “Today marks a significant day, not only for us in the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), but most importantly for the children, especially those at risk and in conflict with the law. A decade ago, our law makers enacted […]

Save the date!

15th Annual Zealous Advocacy Program July 14 – 15, 2016 Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center (Co-sponsored by CCLP and SWJDC) CLE hours: 13, including 3hrs of ethics (pending) To celebrate the 15th Zealous Advocacy conference early registration is $25. Registration Coming Soon Studies show that Adverse Childhood […]

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Will Affluenza boy Ethan Couch ever be eligible for forgiveness, JacquieLynn Floyd Apri 15, 2016 “Popular opinion will not, and should not forgive what Ethan Couch did: Killed four people and maimed nine more while driving drunk.  Nor is it likely to get over what Couch represents: entitlement, privilege, and an absolute lack of remorse […]

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Kansas Juvenile Justice Overhauls Long Overdue, Christopher Zoukis March 30, 2016 “After nine months of individual and committee work, the Kansas Senate has approved several long-overdue recommendations to overhaul the current juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism as well as unnecessary costs on governments. A working group of Kansas governors recommended sweeping changes to the state […]

Ending child marriage

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, UNICEFand Bridal Musings released a disturbing video to raise awareness on a phenomenon that continues to afflict girls around the world, including in the United States. Through this video, UNICEF hoped that: “by casting a bride who may not seem at risk of child marriage, and replicating a high-end […]

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Photo Exhibit, film, speaker to address juvenile justice issues, Eric Jome, Illinois State University, March 1, 2016. A photo exhibition focused on juvenile detention centers, the screening of a documentary on the lives of troubled young women, and a presentation on a prison art program will draw attention to issues surrounding the American juvenile justice […]

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Let’s change the conversation around mental health, Michelle Obama, February 17, 2016 “Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any […]

Poisoned Children in Flint, Michigan

Beyoncé, celebrity singer, recently announced her financial support towards the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, bringing more attention to the the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The poisonous water issue came to light in fall of 2015, when researchers concluded the tap water residents were drinking was causing elevated lead levels in children’s blood. Since 2013, […]

Children and the Law News Roundup

            A good week for juvenile justice! In Miller v. Alabama; the Supreme Court held that sentencing life without parole to juveniles was a cruel and unusual punishment. The issue was whether this 2012 decision should apply only to future cases or did it also include  past cases. In Montgomery v. Louisiana, the […]