Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

When Children Kill Other Children, Juvenile Justice Blog

So, the question becomes a choice between different theories of punishment: retribution or rehabilitation. Must we exact revenge on children when they murder other children? Must we cast them out of society until they are old and enfeebled, as we do with the majority of adults convicted of homicide?

Or might these concepts be immaterial when sentencing young offenders? Instead of fashioning a proportionate punishment for the death of one child at the hands of another, why not commit ourselves to the surviving child’s healing? Shouldn’t society bear some, if not most, of the responsibility for these tragedies? Rather than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the criminal prosecution and imprisonment of a young offender like Cristian Fernandez, why not invest those monies and resources toward his recovery?

Absenteeism plagues Richmond County schools, The Augusta Chronicle, Georgia

For the past four years, Allen, who was not reappointed this month to another four-year term by the Superior Court judges, was in charge of truancy hearings. In a recent interview, Allen said the school system, which has social workers, counselors and psychiatrists,
should handle and resolve truancy cases – not the underfunded court.

“The court putting people in jail doesn’t solve anything when it comes to truancy,” Allen said. “If we put the parents in jail, who’s going to get the child ready for school? If we put the child in jail, then he’s not going to school.”

2012 Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Rescue and Restore, Houston

September 25, 2012
WAC Educator’s Forum on Human Trafficking
Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition will be facilitating a training about human trafficking/modern-day slavery specifically for educators through the World Affairs Council.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: World Affairs Council of Houston Office, 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77008, United States

September 25, 2012
Human Trafficking Film Series: “Lives for Sale”
Come watch the last film screening of the Human Trafficking Film Series: “Lives for Sale”.
6:30 pm
Venue: St. Bernadette Catholic Church- Clearlake, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX, 77062, United States
Cost: Free

September 27, 2012
Human Trafficking: Arab Community Engagement
Workshop on Human Trafficking for the general community and area service providers – learn about Human Trafficking and how you can help.
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Arab American Cultural Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX, 77099, United States

September 27, 2012
WAC Young Leader’s Forum- Human Trafficking
Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition will be facilitating a training about human trafficking/modern-day slavery specifically for young leaders through the World Affairs Council.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: World Affairs Council of Houston Office, 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston, TX, 77008, United States
Phone:7135227811

September 29, 2012
Shop Smart Event: Shopping with a Social Conscience
Join us for our third annual Shop Smart event. Learn how to be a socially conscious consumer and the connection between buying fair trade and eliminating human trafficking.
3:00 pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Westwood Hall of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX, 77057, United States

Shiloh Carter

About Shiloh Carter

Shiloh Carter is working as a Graduate Fellow for the Center for Children, Law, & Policy. Prior to law school, Shiloh received her bachelor degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas. As an undergraduate, she worked with children with special needs. During law school, Shiloh worked as a scholar for the Center for Children, Law, & Policy and completed internships with Kids In Need of a Defense (KIND) and the Crimes Against Children Section of the Galveston County District Attorney's Office. In addition, Shiloh volunteers with Child Advocates as a court appointed special advocate and has completed four cases. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to public interest work including the Center for Children, Law, & Policy Napoleon Beazley Defender Award 2013, the University of Houston Law Center Distinguished Service Award 2013, the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Child Advocacy Award 2012, and the Robert Allen Memorial Student Excellence Award 2012.

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