Weekly Roundup – Navigating our children around “Fake News,” a look into a 2-year immigrant’s day in court, and underserved, hungry children. By: Lauae Wolfe

  Fake news, mudslinging and more: How to help kids navigate a contentious political climate: After a study that found “[y]outh must learn how to judge the credibility of online information and how to find…

Getting it Right for children using data to target Gaps in due process, with a focus on: Arizona: Bringing Gault Home, An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel

The Center for Children, Law, & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center hosted a 50th-year anniversary for Gault more than a year ago, celebrating the game changing United Supreme Court case that “affirm[ed]…


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Fortnite The newest video game sensation is Fortnite. It’s appealing to people of all ages, making it the biggest smash outside of the typical gaming world since Minecraft. Even Houston Astros are showing off their…

Victims or Offenders? Young Women and Sex Trafficking in Houston

If we refer to young women in Houston as sex trafficking victims, why are so many of them arrested and put in detention on prostitution charges?   One of Houston’s “worst kept secrets” is slowly…

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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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What Rights Does a Disabled Child Have in School? Over a period of more than four decades, the national government has moved deeper and deeper into the realm of education for disabled children, but it still is not clear what the ultimate goal is supposed to be.  Federal funds now are provided to promote an […]

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Teachers, SROs Must Learn to Manage Students Without Using Justice System The reasons why schools have SROs vary, ranging from attempting to keep students safe from intruders, to taking a proactive measure to reduce crime in schools, to trying to promote a more orderly school environment, to fostering more trust among police, youth and communities. […]

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Poor Children Need a New Brown v. Board of Education, The Wall Street Journal  The California Supreme Court announced Aug. 22 that it would not hear Vergara v. California, a landmark case fighting for the educational rights of public-school students. In Vergara, nine students challenged teacher-tenure and dismissal laws that make it nearly impossible for school […]

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 […]

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Obama administration accused of trying to dictate education policy to states — again, by Valerie Strauss August 9 “The U.S. Education Department solicited public comment on draft regulationsit has created for states to implement the school “accountability” and data reporting provisions of the new Every Student Succeeds Act […] When Education Secretary John B. King Jr. […]

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Gov. McCrory signs ‘Jessica’s Law’ to better protect children, CBS North Carolina North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill Thursday that he says will better protect children from sex offenders. Supreme Court upholds law punishing child sex offenders retroactively, The Globe and Mail The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a law that punishes […]

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Missouri governor signs law meant to fight child abuse and neglect, Missourinet  The Governor has signed legislation that an advocate says will help fight the abuse and neglect of young children in Missouri. House Bill 1877 requires that people be listed on the Child Abuse and Neglect registry for more crimes: rape; sodomy; promoting prostitution […]

DACA Empowers

In 2012, President Obama passed an executive action, which deferred the deportation of young immigrants and allows them to get access to work permits. This is known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Work permits and other benefits, given to these children, however, are only the immediate manifestation of the program. Young adults and […]