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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.”


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.”

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