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May 02, 2016

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April 15, 2016

California's judicial leaders on Friday took a major step toward reversing the foster care system's rampant use of psychiatric drugs, approving a slate of new safeguards to make juvenile courts here the country's most careful and inquisitive monitors of psychiatric care for abused and neglected children.

April 06, 2016

After the stocky youth politely greeted his attorney and Judge Margaret Henry, he told the court his days as a cook were over.
Instead, Roger,* an African-American foster youth dressed in an oversized gray t-shirt and a neat pair of jeans, said he thought driving trucks might be the job for him. “I heard they make a lot of money,” he said. “And I want to find an occupation that I like more than cooking.” The only problem? Roger still needs to get his driver license.

April 04, 2016

“We’ve always known there’s no such thing as a child prostitute and now, thanks to the Associated Press, millions more Americans will know that too.

​The Associated Press’s decision to end the use of the phrase “child prostitute” is not only a win for accuracy in reporting, but it will go a long way toward changing attitudes about girls who are victims of child sex trafficking. These children are victims of child rape, and they should be treated as such.

April 01, 2016

The California Child Welfare Council is inviting survivors of sexual exploitation to join the ranks of its Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Team, specifically as members of its advisory board.

The 10-person advisory board will provide input to the larger action team as well as other stakeholders regarding policy serving exploited and at-risk youth. Topics will include identification of and services for sexually trafficked youth, prevention and intervention strategies, training curriculum for professionals working with this population and more.

February 23, 2016

According to research released in January, the nine states that enacted safe harbor laws by 2012 were found to lack adequate funding for services necessary to aid commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC).

Safe harbor laws aim to enhance protections for sexually exploited children by decriminalizing youth prostitution and/or establishing methods to re-direct exploited children from the justice system into the child welfare system. The trafficking of such victims hit a dramatic spike during the Super Bowl earlier this month.


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