Gender-responsive (GR) programming for girls is inclusive yet has specific recommendations and limitations regarding the issue of male staff working with girls. In general, it is considered that male staff members can provide an additional level of support and positive reinforcement for girls. However, male staff members must successfully complete training on female development, socialization and other gender-specific issues. Furthermore, there are important recommendations and guidelines to prevent the girls’ interaction with male staff from becoming exploitative, abusive or re-traumatizing. These recommendations prohibit male guards from participating in day-to-day security, strip searchers or restraints. Similarly, male guards must not be allowed alone in common living areas, bathrooms or private rooms of the girls.
Structured Decision Making News, New Directions: Toward a Research-Practice Framework
Impact of Children’s Exposure to Violence - Baltimore
Panelists discuss the impact of CEV, from brain development to juvenile justice system contact, and explore innovative and collaborative approaches to protecting and healing young people exposed to violence. Panelists: The Honorable Patricia M. Martin, President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery; Dr. Lauren Abramson, Founder and Executive Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore; and Adam Rosenberg, Executive Director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center.
Measuring Children’s Exposure to Violence - Baltimore
This panel explores the availability of national statistics, the burden on care providers to recognize and record a child’s experience with violence, and the challenge of tracking the intergenerational impact of different forms of violence within communities. From their clinical and research perspectives, panelists discuss both successes and deficits in current knowledge and how these impact policymaking. Panelists: Dr. David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center and Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire; Dr. Phil Leaf, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence; Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, Director of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Family Center; and Dr. Theodore Corbin, Medical Director of the Healing Hurt People violence intervention program and Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
Consequences of Children’s Exposure to Violence - Baltimore
National leaders discuss how they and their organizations are working to address children’s exposure to violence. Panelists: Nigel Cox, Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE); Dr. Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Sonja Sohn, Founder and CEO of ReWired for Change.
Scope of Children’s Exposure to Violence - Baltimore
This panel discusses the scope of children’s exposure to violence from the perspectives of law, medicine, law enforcement, and research. Panelists: Dr. Howard Dubowitz, Head of the Division of Child Protection and Director, Center for Families; Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse; Chief Marshall T. Goodwin, Chief of Police for Baltimore City Schools; and Sheila Bedi, Deputy Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center.
Attorney General Holder Introduces the Defending Childhood Task Force Members - Baltimore
Attorney General Holder's Opening Remarks - Baltimore
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes opening remarks and delivers the charge to his National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.
Welcome from Dean Phoebe Haddon of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law - Baltimore
2011 Fall Webinar - Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study
Jackie Berman, Ph.D. and Art Mason presented findings from the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study. From the executive summary of the full report: This study is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive studies to quantify the extent of elder abuse in a discrete jurisdiction ever attempted, and certainly the largest in any single American state. With funding from the New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund, a program administered under NYS Office of Children and Family Services, three community, governmental, and academic partners (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, the New York City Department for the Aging and the Weill Cornell Medical College) formed a collaborative partnership to conduct the study. (Materials: slide presentation)
Biannela Marie Susana is a 25-year-old widowed Latina mother of four, whose youngest son is dead after suffering severe head trauma, allegedly by her oldest son (and arguably exacerbated by lack of medical attention). Her oldest son, Cristian Fernandez, is 12 years old—the youngest person in Jacksonville to be charged as an adult for first-degree murder and facing a life sentence. The media has dubbed Biannela Marie Susana “the worst mother in the world.” However, Biannela’s story painfully shows what can happen when girls’ neglect and victimization are left untreated. The pain, abuse, and trauma of Biannela’s childhood created a risk trajectory that has irrevocably scarred both her and her family’s lives. Unfortunately, her tragic story is all too familiar.