Weekly Roundup

Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act marks 10th year of passage, celebrates milestones, May 25, 2016

“Today marks a significant day, not only for us in the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), but most importantly for the children, especially those at risk and in conflict with the law. A decade ago, our law makers enacted Republic Act (RA) 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, a landmark child protection law in Asia, and it has been a colorful and meaningful journey.”

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/samhsa-report-shows-system-of-care-services-reduce-suicide-related-incidents-among-youth-with-serious-emotional-disturbances-300263665.html?mc_cid=b1240c31fc&mc_eid=3c0d9c34a8

SAMHSA report shows system of care services reduce suicide-related incidents among youth with serious emotional disturbances, May 5, 2016

“Approximately 10 percent of children and adolescents in the United States experience a serious emotional disturbance (SED) that impacts their ability to function at home, in school, or in the community. Yet according to the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only about half of all children and adolescents in need of behavioral and emotional services receive them.” 

11 states sue the Obama administration over transgender people in school bathrooms, German Lopez May 25, 2016

“The Obama administration’s guidance is not legally binding. Although the administration has long interpreted federal civil rights laws that ban sex discrimination, such as Title IX, to protect trans people, not all courts have upheld this interpretation. Still, the administration has suggested that it will file lawsuits against states and schools that allow anti-trans discrimination, as it did against North Carolina. So the lawsuit is likely a preemptive defensive measure for the 11 states involved, none of which apparently want legal protections for trans people in schools.”

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.

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