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December 01, 2015

Contact: Elizabeth Laferriere 510.835.8098 x 3005

Anaheim – Multidisciplinary teams from twenty-one counties are convening in Anaheim today, one year after California’s adoption of SB 855, which established the state’s groundbreaking Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program. Historically, the majority of CSEC have only accessed critical services through contact with the juvenile justice system. SB 855 and the CSEC Program have begun a shift in California away from criminalization and toward more appropriately treating these children as victims of exploitation through a collaborative approach.

November 16, 2015

Sex trafficking of underage girls — often as young as 12 — is one of the most repulsive crimes imaginable, but it’s part of a multibillion-dollar underground industry in our state. To combat this repugnant crime, we need to take tangible action on the local, state and federal level to punish traffickers and buyers and help the victims.

October 14, 2015

In 2014, there were 496,972 reports (allegations) of child abuse and neglect in California. The rate of abuse and neglect reports, 54.6 per 1,000, is the highest its been since 1999.

October 14, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bipartisan bill co-authored by local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that requires the State Department of Education to establish guidelines and best practices for child-abuse prevention in schools and school programs.

October 14, 2015

This month, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed a raft of legislation aimed at improving the lives of children and youth in foster care. In addition to the package of bills designed to stem the overprescribing of psychotropic medication for foster youth, and AB 403 which will greatly reduce the number of youth placed in group homes, Brown signed several other significant foster care bills before last Sunday’s midnight deadline. The legislation aims to bolster educational support for foster youth, preserve and strengthen the bond between parenting foster youth and their children, and in a landmark piece of legislation, extend protections to transgender foster youth.

June 22, 2015

Los Angeles County's foster care system should promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth, a special committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors has concluded.


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