Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services announces a one-year grant to continue and expand grant activities funded under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, Treatment and Service Adaption Centers, Category II and Community Treatment and Services Centers – Category III. This grant is to increase activity and services of the nation’s child welfare system, juvenile justice/dependency court systems as well as to fund child mental health systems. The goal is to create a national network of grantees known as the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that works to develop and promote effective trauma treatment, services and other resources, such as child-serving community service systems, for kids exposed to trauma. The deadline for this is June 3, 2011.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers a grant for the 2011 Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative. This grant seeks to increase efforts to mentor kids who’ve been sexually exploited and to increase outreach to victims and provide services to them. The winner of the grant will be expected to develop strategies to recruit, train, support and maintain mentors to support and empower the victims. Deadline: June 6, 2011 11:59
JJIE has written extensively on this subject: Justice Department Sheds Light on Human Trafficking Stats, Upcoming Conferences to Highlight Juvenile Justice, Crimes Against Children, Woman Volunteers Target Online Ads Selling Sex with Children,Law Professor Argues Against Prosecuting Minors for Prostitution
The Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation recently launched a high-profile online video initiative to fight child sex trafficking. The series “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” features major celebrity appearances by names like Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, and even Pete Cashmore – founder of the social media news site Mashable.com. The interactive campaign encourages users to submit their own “Real Man” video – using the slogans “I am a Real Man” or “I prefer a Real Man” – and upload them to the DNA Foundation’s Facebook fanpage. In the video above, Isaiah Mustafa (commonly known as “The Old Spice Guy”) and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore tip their hat to the cause. According to the DNA Foundation, the videos – and the organization itself – aim “to raise awareness about child sex slavery, change the cultural stereotypes that facilitate this horrific problem, and rehabilitate innocent victims.”
Jurisdictions that are either developing or trying to enhance programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration Act may want to consider applying for a grant sponsored by The Office of Sex Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending and Trafficking (SMART) Support for Adam Walsh Implementation Grant Program. The Sex Offender Registration Act was put in place so it could provide a legal means to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse and child pornography and promote internet safety. It also helps build a comprehensive national system for the registration and notification of sex offenders.
The clock is ticking for supporters of Georgia’s long-awaited juvenile code rewrite. Crossover day — the critical mid-point in the legislative session, when Senate bills move over to the House of Representatives and House bills transition to the Senate — is now a little less than a week away. So far Senate Bill 127, also known as the Child Protection and Public Safety Act, has not yet made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) and if it does not do so before that critical deadline, it won’t be able to advance any further during this legislative session. That would be a major blow for supporters who have been involved in the rewrite process since 2004. The committee was scheduled to discuss the measure at a hearing Wednesday.
The OJJDP released a report titled “Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors.” The following infographic is a breakdown of some of the statistics from the report. What can you glean from this data? Is this a problem that needs more attention? How should these crimes be handled?
It was a sea of black and purple in every direction on the steps of the state capitol Tuesday morning. An estimated 800 people showed up to join in the third annual “lobby day”
event to raise their voices — and overall awareness—about the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Georgia. “When we first started this we were told that 10 people showing up at the state capitol was a groundswell; now we’re rocking it,” says CSEC activist Cheryl DeLuca Johnson. “The first time we did this we had 50 people come out; then the next year we had 100. Last year it was about 500.