After a youth programs director was arraigned yesterday in Pennsylvania on charges of failing to report a 2014 case of child abuse at his facility, state authorities are taking the opportunity to remind residents of who has a legal responsibility—and why we all have a moral responsibility—to report abuse.
In 18 states, all residents are legally required to report suspected child abuse. Is yours one?
This week, 37 members of Congress led by Reps. Ann Wagner, Ted Poe, Carolyn Maloney, and Joyce Beatty called on the Department of Justice to fully implement the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act on its one-year anniversary.
We're live this morning at a Capitol Hill press conference detailing the need for DOJ to act. Read the letter to AG Loretta Lynch and urge your representatives to add their voice to this effort. #EnforceJTVA
We've been given an honorable mention as one of the top three Washington-area nonprofits for innovative management practices! Join us tomorrow on Twitter at 10:00 a.m. Eastern at #AIM16 as we join with two other nonprofits to share what makes us tick.
Native children already face staggering economic, social, and public health challenges. Now many fall victim to a crisis of sex trafficking fueled by addiction and grinding poverty. NCA is partnering with tribal communities and national organizations representing them to reach Native kids and disrupt the systems of trafficking and abuse.
NCA's DC-based staff spent the morning volunteering at DC Central Kitchen, an organization committed to addressing the root causes of hunger through serving 5,000 meals each day to the city's neediest residents. We washed and prepared salads, chopped veggies, and pulled lamb for a savory stew, all with food donated by local businesses.
Senators from Virginia and Minnesota have co-sponsored legislation that would provide for training to help flight attendants spot human trafficking and intervene when they suspect a passenger may be a victim. The largest flight attendants' union supports the bill, pledging its members will serve as "boots in the air" to stop the horrific practice.
The scope of a child sexual abuse epidemic at elite private schools expands, demonstrating once again that no amount of prestige keeps children safe, and that there are no class boundaries to the need to protect them.
A British charity investigating Internet crimes against children have discovered that criminals sharing illegal images of child sexual abuse have taken to hiding them in plain sight—through secret pathways of links on legal adult sites.
UCLA's Luskin Center has issued a sweeping report on the epidemic of child sex trafficking, including strong recommendations on how to end it. The UCLA team recommends measures to create a national law enforcement database to share case information across jurisdictions, to better utilize social platforms to help victims get out and survivors heal, and to provide better economic opportunities and rehabilitative services for survivors.
Advocates in New York, Illinois, and other states are pushing for the repeal on statutes of limitations on sex crimes, opening up criminal liability for those who have sexually abused children even decades later.
A bill endorsed by the New Jersey Children's Alliance and introduced by state Senate President Steve Sweeney would fund CACs in the Garden State to the tune of $10 million, with the goal to provide universal CAC coverage for all New Jersey children victimized by abuse. If it passes the legislature, it's on to Governor Chris Christie's desk for signature.
Do you know what a forensic interview is? If you work at a CAC, you know it's a core part of our work. If not, learn from a forensic interviewer how her work makes child abuse investigations easier on kids at the center of them and more effective at bringing abusers to justice.
Another installment from The News Leader of Staunton, Va's., landmark "PREY" series on the how the nationwide scourge of childhood sexual abuse is affecting Virginia's children and what can be done. The story finds that nearly two-thirds of suspected abuse cases in the Commonwealth result in no punishment for the alleged abuser.
"The issues stem from staffing at the prosecutor’s office and Child Protective Services, the culture of Virginia that inclines many jurists to doubt children’s accounts and the difficulty of getting testimony into court, say social workers and advocates."
Our Annual Report is out now! See where we've been, where we're headed, how we're measuring it, and how NCA supports the 795 CACs across the country that help kids who have been abused.
Wow! As an exclamation point to April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just demonstrated their commitment to preventing and healing the trauma of child abuse with a $100,000 gift to NCA! The church also made a $25,000 gift to the Utah Attorney General's Office Children's Justice Center (CJC) Program, one of our oldest and most active state chapters with 22 member centers.
Children's Advocacy Centers—CACs—are crucial for kids who have been abused. This story is a primer on what we do. And on what happens when kids don't have access to a CAC—like the one-in-three kids in Virginia who don't.
Share this story with your friends, or read on to learn for yourself.
From The News Leader of Staunton, Va., comes some of the most detailed and responsible reporting on a state's child abuse response we've seen. Reporters spent six months detailing the successes and failures of the system for protecting and healing Virginia children from a plague of sexual abuse, and decades of its terrible aftermath.
Quoted and consulted experts include NCA's Teresa Huizar and representatives from Valley Children's Advocacy Center, Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia, Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc., and others.
Local leaders in Memphis, Tenn., are recognizing the lifelong ill health effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like abuse, and responding by opening Universal Parenting Places that offer therapy for kids and counseling for caregivers. The mayor even says that responding to the ACE research that ties these traumas to poor health outcomes is a basic philosophy of county government.
Amazing advances in forensic photoanalysis—and innovative thinking by investigators—are helping authorities find seemingly innocuous clues in photos sexual abusers take of their victims. Something as simple as a pill bottle or a fishing photo can now help keep children safe and law enforcement one step ahead of abusers.
Kimberly Cervantes is one of four students suing a California school district for failing to provide the same learning supports that students with autism, dyslexia, and other disabilities are guaranteed. Their common disability? Severe trauma symptoms from childhood abuse.
Governments across the country are reckoning with the damage caused by child abuse and other childhood traumas. How long until we recognize child abuse for the public health crisis it is?
Wisconsin is poised to enact a raft of six bills that aim to protect abused, trafficked, and missing children, including measures that increase funding for child protection agencies.
Our first warm day here in DC and our staff is making the dropoff for our March/April Philanthropy event: a delivery of much-needed diapers for low-income families through the DC Diaper Bank. Big thanks to Sarah, Kiley, Kathleen, Michelle, and Bryan (behind the camera) for braving the heat and diapers to kids who need them!
One hospital in Forth Worth, TX, is applying big-data principles to the prediction of child abuse "hot spots"—neighborhoods, even blocks, where child abuse is likely to reoccur. A 98% successful prediction rate shows the model works and tells CPS where to focus their resources. One Florida county using the model has managed to prevent any child abuse fatalities among children under court-ordered protection since adopting the new system.
Last weekend, more than 300 supporters of Judi's Place For Kids, an NCA member Children's Advocacy Center in Eastern Kentucky, showed up to participate in a 5K run/walk despite a surprise April snowstorm and chilly temperatures. Great to see a community supporting its CACs and its kids no matter the weather!