Weekly Roundup

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 Promotes Solutions to Ensure Effective Juvenile Justice Systems Across the Country, Nevada Business

More than 400 of the top leaders, judges and court professionals of juvenile justice reform gathered in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 21-23 for the National Conference on Juvenile Justice hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health, NPR

[A] study published this month . . . looked at the mental health of 73 transgender children between ages 3 and 12. [The] group [of children] did not experience any more depression, and had only slightly more anxiety, than their siblings and nontransgender peers.

Why are our kids so miserable?, Quartz

“Something in modern life is undermining mental health[.]” . . . Specifically, something is undermining young people’s mental health, especially girls.

More Sophisticated Transition Planning Needed for Foster Youth with Complex Needs, The Chronicle of Social Change

Youth who age out of foster care face obstacles like homelessness, unemployment and poverty.

Think about how much harder it is for young people with complex needs like a chronic illness or an intellectual disability. Youth with complex needs require extra support when they exit the foster care system at age 18 or 21, depending on the state, but there is too often little or no support.

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls, NPR

Recent research has documented that black girls are punished at school at rates that are even more disproportionate than those experienced by black boys.

The ‘Silent Epidemic’ of Child Trauma, The Chronicle of Social Change

Last week [Pia Escudero, director of the School Mental Health Unit at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)], presented on her work with FOCUS at Echo Parenting and Education’s conference on creating trauma-informed schools. 

Exercise May Help Young People With Severe Mental Health Disorders, Huffington Post

 For young adults who have experienced severe mental health disorders, exercise may help reduce the severity of their symptoms, a new, small study suggests.

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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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