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Street Roots

Libby Dowsett

27 October 2021

Iowa, United States

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By putting a priority on rescuing children from danger in their homes by reducing the danger or placing the children in relatives' care, Iowa courts have greatly reduced the traumatizing use of emergency foster care p...

HumAngle

Abiodun Jamiu

23 September 2021

Sokoto, Nigeria

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Rashida Muhammad and Co. is a small law firm in Nigeria's northwest states that gives free representation to women and girls who have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Despite harsh laws on the books, ...

The Times

Rosa Ellis

13 June 2021

United Kingdom

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The people who produce child pornography give police invaluable evidence, if it can be decoded, when they film themselves sexually abusing children. A Scottish forensic anthropologist and anatomist has helped both in ...

Undark

Jordan Michael Smith

7 June 2021

Berlin, Germany

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Prevention Project Dunkelfeld is "arguably the world's most radical social experiment in treating pedophilia." Its prevention-first approach to providing treatment to people who are sexually attracted to children mean...

The Imprint

Martín Macías, Jr.

29 April 2021

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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The Safe Babies program model trains judges to oversee foster-care cases with the goal of fixing the problems that led social workers to remove young children from their homes. Operating swiftly, so that babies do not...

International Centre for Investigative Reporting

Seun Durojaiye

13 March 2021

Nigeria

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To combat high rates of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria, the Spotlight Initiative supports several organizations providing counseling and educational services to victims and to women and girls at risk of a...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

4 January 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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In 55 Ohio counties, judges can appoint volunteers from Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs to represent the interests of children when their families' struggles end up in court. CASA volunteers act as a ...

Al Jazeera

Neha Bhatt

16 December 2020

Kolkata, India

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The School for Justice provides an education in law or advocacy to young women who have survived sex trafficking. The program started in Kolkata in 2017 and has expanded to Mumbai and Katmandu. Forty students receive ...

Mountain Grown Community Radio (KVNF)

Laura Palmisano

17 November 2020

Olathe, Colorado, United States

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Haven House, a faith-based provider of transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness, offers a safe place to live while working to reunite families that face possible loss of child custody over their hou...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

5 November 2020

Maine, United States

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By providing a forum to the Wabanaki people to tell their truth about public policies' effects on their lives, the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted reforms in Maine's child wel...

USA Today

Pat Beall

Daphne Chen

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Josh Salman

16 October 2020

Florida, United States

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Alarmed that child-welfare officials failed too often to prevent abuse within families, Florida responded six years ago with a crackdown that reversed official policy favoring preserving families if possible. But remo...

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Dhashen Moodley

Danny Booysen

19 November 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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A practice in Johannesburg is making the courtroom and trial process less scary for sexually abused children by letting them play the role of court officials alongside therapy dogs in a pretend court. The Teddy Bear F...

We Are Teachers

Megan DeMatteo

6 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, two teachers started the state's first ever gender studies class with an advocacy project that led to new legislation. After learning that child marriage was still legal, the students took the issue t...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

6 August 2019

Oregon, United States

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Youth Villages, a nonprofit started in Tennessee over 30 years ago has helped improve the lives of children who face difficulties in their homes while saving money on the child welfare system. Instead of immediately r...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

19 June 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Miami is home to a special type of child welfare program called CHANCE (Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively Impacted by Commercial Exploitation) that is designed specifically for youth in foster care that have been ...

Wyoming Public Media

Tennessee Watson

26 April 2019

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is the first state to pass comprehensive legislation that requires schools to include child sexual abuse prevention into their curriculum. Many schools have taken this new legislation and built their preventio...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

20 March 2019

Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, a state law requiring the use of a screening tool is being used to combat sex trafficking at the individual level. The screening tool identifies and offers support and protection to victims of sex traffic...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

19 February 2019

Tennessee, United States

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Over the course of three decades, a program called Youth Villages has drastically improved the foster-care system in Tennessee by reducing the number of children removed from their homes. The program is able to assess...

The Guardian

Senay Boztas

4 February 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, otherwise known as Europol, is using crowdsourcing to identify locations involved in both past and current child abuse cases. By posting unedited images onlin...

ProPublica

Finlay Young

11 October 2018

Monrovia, Liberia

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Created to “help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get off the street and into school," More Than Me Foundation exposed its students to widespread sexual abuse by an influential staffer. The charity lacked ...

New Vision

Jacky Achan

25 September 2018

Uganda

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Uganda has sub-Saharan Africa’s only government-run child helpline--a free way for children to report physical, emotional, and sexual violence perpetrated against them. Police are supposed to work with probation offic...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 September 2018

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, Manchester police have teamed with community organizations to proactively offer services to children who have experienced or witnessed trauma, before those very children grow up to repeat the cycle. ...

South China Morning Post

Laurie Chen

25 August 2018

China

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Two young adults from Changshu, China are behind a growing movement to bring attention to and educate students and teachers on the silent subject of child sexual abuse in China. In addition to tackling the big picture...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

17 August 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In order to address child abuse and neglect community members got together to form: R.O.C.K Mat Su, a collaborative organization composed of several organizations that has “teamed up with government agencies, schools ...

Apolitical

Jack Graham

1 August 2018

Podgorica, Montenegro

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In Montenegro, a comprehensive effort to curb physical abuse of children and childhood trauma - namely through a public information campaign and a hotline for parents - is in the beginning stages, but showing results....

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