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Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

About Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Rocío received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College. Before entering law school, she taught middle school history at D.M. Sauceda in Donna, Texas with Teach For America. After completing her corps service, she taught at KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls, where she designed the curriculum for her non-fiction studies class. Rocío then taught mathematics for two additional years at HISD’s Jane Long Academy. She interned at the federal courthouse this past summer. At UHLC, Rocío is involved with the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Houston Law Review, and serves as a mentor for the Pre-Law Pipeline Program.

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Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines In Teen Opioid Use, NPR In the midst of an opioid epidemic that continues to devastate families, a sliver of hope has arrived. Two long-term studies published Monday show that opioid use among teens and opioid poisonings among younger children are on the decline. Though it gets less press, […]

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is linked to delayed brain development, The Washington Post For the first time, scientists can point to substantial empirical evidence that people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have brain structures that differ from those of people without ADHD. The common disorder, they conclude, should be considered a problem of delayed brain maturation and not, as it […]

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Minority juvenile offenders face inequities in mental health treatment, The Dallas Morning News Every day, our jails and prisons take in large numbers of offenders who have serious mental health issues. But how good are we in diagnosing and treating their illnesses? Traditionally, not very good, and the record gets worse with respect to providing […]

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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Nine Groups Call for Gov. Abbott to Appoint Task Force to Address School Policing, RGVProud Citing recent police use of force on students in Texas schools by school resource officers, [on May 17th] nine advocacy organizations called on Governor Greg Abbott to establish a task force to examine school policing issues in preparation for the […]

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Juvenile and Female Offenders, Live Law The theme of this paper is aimed at providing evidential information indicating the lawful actions of the government in the tour of offering safety and protection to juvenile and female offenders. Administrators shouldering blame for bad education policy, OCRegister In April, a California appeals court overturned the 2014 ruling […]

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The Battle Against Prisons for Kids, The Nation In the two centuries since its formal birth, the juvenile-justice system has changed radically, while youth prisons have hardly changed at all. It’s as if the clock on reform stopped in the turn-of-the century Progressive Era and has only recently started shakily ticking again. Making Obama’s Last […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact an individual long-term. Dr. Vince Felitti from Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Bob Anda from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a research to study how childhood trauma impacts health outcomes. In their investigation, they tracked the number of ACEs of over seventeen thousand individuals and then compared […]

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Long road to rehabilitation: Maharashtra juvenile justice system cuts pendency, but challenges remain, Firstpost Maharashtra has reduced the pendency of cases before its juvenile justice boards (JJBs) by one-third in the past few years, but a lot remains to be done in the system when it comes to rehabilitation[.] The National Conference on Juvenile Justice […]