Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly

New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students.

Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories” marks the kickoff of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign, an effort by a coalition of 26 disability advocacy groups to stop the use of restraint and seclusion as a means to curb disruptive behavior.

Bicam Agrees on Amendment to Juvenile Justice Act: Alvarez, The Visayan Daily Star

The bicameral committee for the amendment of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act reached an agreement yesterday on measures adopted by both houses of Congress to further improve the law, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6thy District) said.

Alvarez headed the Lower House panel and Senator Francis Escudero the Senate panel.

It is hoped that the amended version of the act will be signed by President Benigno Aquino before July 1, she said.

Condition of Child’s Rights Remained Bleak During 2012, International The News

Pakistani children had to cope with lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children, miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations during 2012.

The annual report titled ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2012’ launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) on Tuesday shows that condition of child rights remained bleak during the last year with terrorism activities adding to the existing complex challenges faced by the children. With its title page displaying Malala Yousafzai’s picture, the report terms the 2012, as another tough year for the children of Pakistan.

Only 6 weeks until the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

We are only six weeks from the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, held annually at the University of Houston Law Center. More importantly, we are only 18 DAYS from the close of early registration. After March 1st, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Take advantage of the early fee by registering today!

You can register online or by mail. And please continue reading for more information on this year’s Keynote Speaker, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference
Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice

  • Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register by March 1, 2012; $200 if you register after March 1, 2012
  • HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.
  • Information on CLE hoursfeatured topicsspeakers, and the agenda will be posted on a rolling basis on the Conference Registration page.

Announcing this year’s Keynote Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce D. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston ( and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry’s clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

Dr. Perry is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

More information on Dr. Bruce D. Perry and his work can be found at