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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.

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 […]

Education Services for Incarcerated Youth

The Council of State Government Justice Center recently published a report detailing the lack of oversight with education services for incarcerated youth. For example, the study explains that only 13 states provide the same education services to incarcerated youth and students in the community. Although education is not a constitutionally recognized fundamental right, juveniles should have […]

Yes means yes in California High Schools

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence affects various types of relationships, whether they be heterosexual or homosexual; married or dating, or even teen dating.  It also takes different forms, ranging from extreme verbal assault and power and control patterns to physical and sexual violence. Not only is sexual violence relevant to the domestic violence […]

Girls and Reproductive Justice

    Despite the recent findings that the videos portraying Planned Parenthood selling fetus parts were fabricated, the House Conservatives and anti-abortionists groups have not gone back out on their decision to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill could have devastating effects. Those behind the bill fail to understand and completely undermine the important work Planned Parenthood does and contributes to […]