Good news coming from The Hill. Late last night, the Senate passed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act which will help close the pipeline that leads youth in the foster care system to becoming victims of trafficking. The Bill will now go to the President for signature. Learn more here!
This article is almost a year old, but the issue is just as prevalent today. We must talk more about the pipeline between the foster care system and trafficking in the US!
Today's the day folks! #EveryonesKids Everyone Gives Day is here to #endchildtrafficking. Donate today to help us empower local communities to respond effectively and efficiently in cases of child trafficking. http://bit.ly/1uE86gl
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In honor of last night's #MissAmerica pageant, we're remembering the great work of Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan when she came to The Hill with us to speak to Members of Congress about the importance of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. We'll have you back anytime Mallory!
This #AppreciationFriday, we're thankful for Everyone's Kids, Everyone Gives for organizing the September 16th day of giving in an effort to end child sex trafficking in the United States. NCA is honored to participate! Don't forget to mark your calendars! Learn more here!
The support from Senator Chris Coons for Children's Advocacy Centers continues to amaze us here at NCA. Thanks for continuing the conversation Senator Coons!
Buzzfeed and UNICEF with a poignant reminder about what children all over the world have in common as they head back to school
On September 16, NCA is participating in Everyone's Kids, Everyone Gives, a national giving day where hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will mobilize to help raise support to fight child trafficking in the US. Learn more at the link below. At NCA, we strongly believe that our member CACs are critical in providing services to trafficking victims that will allow them to heal from the incredible trauma they have experienced. Will you join us in the fight to #endhumantrafficking?
For this week's #AppreciationFriday, we're thankful for all the great parents out there! And we hope all of you find this brand new app from SAMHSA called "KnowBullying" to be helpful. This app provides support for parents who want to prevent bullying in their children's schools and help build resilience. Learn more here! http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1408125247.aspx
This video from MTV End Exploitation and Trafficking provides some insights into what trafficking often looks like and spreads an important message of awareness. It's also beautifully done and very engaging!
We always love it when Members of Congress make it out to Children's Advocacy Centers to witness firsthand the amazing work done every day by our member centers. Thanks Congressman Jim Renacci for visiting the Medina County Children's Center last week! And a big thanks to the Center for all your work in helping child victims of abuse in your community!
Our hearts ache for the victims of child abuse and exploitation in Rotherham. This story is deeply troubling, and it is our greatest hope that authorities in the UK are able to provide a coordinated response not only so that justice can be served, but so that the more than 1,400 victims can receive vital services from qualified professionals.
For today's international post, we turn to South Sudan. Child trafficking for military purposes, population development, and sexual exploitation is deeply embedded in South Sudan. The problem has only gotten worse this year as violence has marred this fledgling country, especially over the last 8 months. Our question to all of you child advocates out there is how do we provide services to child victims when infrastructure for said services does not exist? What do you think step 1 is? Sound off below.
This week, NCA is going international! We're using facebook to spotlight some programs and projects around the world that are working to increase awareness and provide services for child victims of abuse. Today we start in India, where the Delhi government has created developmentally targeted awareness modules. Learn more below! Do you think they're targeting the right things for the specified age groups? Sound off in the comments!
In 2013, NCA's member Children Advocacy Centers saw 294,781 kids. This weekend, we here at NCA are going to be thinking about how thankful we are for the CACs around the country doing this selfless and critical work to provide high-quality and effective services to child victims of abuse. #AppreciationFriday
It's back-to-school time all around the country, which is a great time to discuss just how important teachers are in reporting abuse. It's critical that we educate teachers about reporting abuse, especially as they are almost always considered mandatory reporters under state laws. To learn more about mandatory reporting laws, check out the Child Welfare Information Gateway today.
The relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment needs to be discussed more. Learn more via the Greenbook Initiative below.
"In about half of all child maltreatment cases, a mother is also being battered. The intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment is generally overlooked."
This week we're talking about a topic that I'm sure is near and dear to all of you - yet quite frustrating! Fundraising! Specifically, we discuss getting back to basics on donor engagement.
Statistics show that perhaps 1 in 2 individuals who identify as transgender will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. It is critical that those in the CAC movement respond in cases of child sexual abuse in the transgender community with the an increased understanding of transgender-related issues. Check out the Office for Victims of Crime's guide on Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault here: