Make your voice heard!

Make your voice heard! County Judge Lina Hidalgo is holding a community-wide series of events to hear from residents on issues that matter to you. This weekend they will be at the University of Houston discussing criminal and juvenile justice. Free breakfast and lunch, interpretation, and childcare will be provided. Learn more and register for Saturday’s event:

Weekly Roundup – Kerstin Sheehan

Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers

In February, the New York Times published a story about the federal government receiving over 4,500 complaints during a four-year period regarding sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being detained at government-funded detention facilities. Read More.

Controversy Over Charging Children as Adults

In Indiana, Senate Bill 279 would allow courts to try a child as young as12-year-olds as an adult for heinous or aggravated felonies.  Read More.

New York City Reaches $3.3 Million Settlement With Kalief Browder’s Family

In January, the Browder Family received $3.3 million from New York City’s Law Department for the tragedy of what happened with their son, Kalief Browder. Browder was an African American man who was accused of stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old. Browder was detained for three years, spending the majority of the time in solitary confinement. Without being tried or convicted, Browder’s charges were eventually dropped. After he was released, Browder took his own life because of the “mental anguish and trauma from his time in jail.”  Read More.

Weekly Roundup: Teens and children taking charge and making change

Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own:

In February the Washington Post published a story about unvaccinated teens taking charge of their own health by researching vaccinations their parents failed to provide them. One great example that including teens and our children in the discussions that affect them we have the ability reach better decisions as a society. One teen began to “read scientific papers and journals… studies on his phone at the dinner table, hoping his mother would relent and get him and his four younger siblings — now ages 16, 14, 5 and 2 — vaccinated.” Read more.

How Donald Trump helped turn teenage girls into political activists:

Role-modeling for young children and teens can make a difference in many areas. One key area, recent research shows, is in political arena. More teen girls, Democrats to be specific, have been political active and protesting as a result of the 2016 election. The number of protesting teens weren’t just up for girls who’s parents protested, as “Democratic girls whose parents didn’t protest also expressed a desire to take to the streets… [because] they had other visible role models — including women marchers and organizers in their communities and nationwide… see[ing] protest as an important part of their own political repertoire.” Read more.

How Youth Activism Has Changed the Country in the Year Since Parkland:

How has the Parkland shooting activism by teens and children changed the status quo? Teen Vouge reports that after Parkland students took to the street to protest and actively advocate for gun law change, it “help[ed] to bolster what is estimated to be the highest midterm election turnout for young people in a quarter-century.” Read more.


By: Lauae Kaleikau