People of faith are called by that faith

to speak for all children.

June 24, 2010

JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS:  JUVENILE CODE REFORM

 Senate Judiciary Hearings Continue on SB 292:  The Child Protection and Public Safety Act

 

The next hearing on SB 292 is Monday, June 28, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room 450 of the Capitol.  

 

As a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, ICM calls upon all faith communities to help ensure that this legislation stays on track.  Please contact your state legislators and let them know that you support SB 292, JUSTGeorgia and the need for juvenile code reform.

If your state senator sits on the Senate Judiciary Juvenile Code Rewrite Sub-Committee, please call and ask him/her to attend the hearing. 

 

Sub-committee members are: 
Chair:  Senator Bill Hamrick, District 30 (He is also the sponsor of SB 292.)
Harp, Seth (District 29)

Brown, Robert (District 26) 
Crosby, John (District 13) 
Ramsey, Sr., Ronald B. (District 43) 
Wiles, John J. (District 37) 

HELP STOP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING IN GEORGIA

 

From A Future. Not A Past. 

Stop the Prostitution of Children in Georgia
 
News Alert: Craigslist Issues Cease and Desist Demand to Women's Funding Network

 
On June 7, 2010, craigslist attorneys issued a cease and desist demand to Women's Funding Network (WFN) in response to the release of the findings, in partnership with "A Future. Not a Past.," of a pilot study that explored the demand for adolescent girls who are commercially sexually exploited in Georgia. In the cease and desist demand, craigslist alleges that WFN defamed and distributed false information about the company when releasing findings from the study. 
 
In response, the Women's Funding Network requested a meeting with craigslist leadership to discuss the research. This request was denied. Both AFNAP and WFN stand by the findings of the study, based on sound research methods utilized by The Schapiro Group, an independent, third party research firm. 

 

To access the media statement, visit http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/about/news/press-releases

 

To access the study, visit www.womensfundingnetwork.org.

 
To access the petition to boycott Craigslist until they do more to block criminals from buying and selling girls for sexual services on their site, visit www.afnap.org

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We Urge You CSEC Legislative Wrap-Up 2010

 

Legislative Wrap-Up 2010 will be held Wednesday, June 30 from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Hear what our collective efforts accomplished this legislative session to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of Georgia's children and hear from an expert panel about what you can do to help!
 
Sponsored by We Urge You, the collaborative campaign by Street GRACE, WellSpring Living, and A Future. Not A Past. 

 

Click here for Registration. $10 fee covers lunch. We want to include everyone, but seating is limited. Parking is free. Enter lot from Courtland or North Ave. Take elevator to 3rd Floor. 

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

 

 

FROM PREVENT CHILD ABUSE GEORGIA

 

BULLYING IS CONSIDERED A FORM OF ABUSEOver 50% of all children are bullied in school at some point in time.  And according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at least 10% are harassed on a regular basis.  They worry that if you step in and involve the school, teasing and harassment will increase.  

 

Recently Prevent Child Abuse Georgia's 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline has seen an increase in calls from youth experiencing bullying.  Visit www.pcageorgia.org for more information. 

 

From Voices for Georgia's Children's 2010 Legislative Wrap Up:  New legislation will require the creation of a state-wide definition of bullying, allow local school boards to transfer children who have committed bullying offenses to schools away from their victims, and require the Department of Education to develop a model policy on bullying. The legislation, SB 250 also requires school administration to immediately notify law enforcement when a student has allegedly committed assault or battery on another student or on school personnel.

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WEBINAR:  NEGLECT IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Would you like to know more about the legal definition of neglect and what the barriers are to effectively preventing neglect?
 
All you need is 90 minutes of your time, a computer, and an internet connection.


Webinar:  "Neglect in the 21st Century"

When:     July 13, 2010, 10:30am-12:00pm
 
Click here to register.  
 
Neglect is the most prevalent type of child abuse and is often confused with poverty.  This workshop reviews
·        the types of neglect,   
·        what statistics tell us about the problem.   
·        how neglect is manifested in our families and

         communities,   
·        factors that may lead to parental neglect,   
·        and protective factors for preventing neglect and

         strengthening families and communities. 

This webinar is offered free from Prevent Child Abuse Georgia as part of the Promises to Keep Training program and is supported in part by the Governor's Office of Children and Families through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
 
If you have any questions, contact Anna Curtis at Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (404)870-6561 or annac@pcageorgia.org.

 

SPIRITUAL WITNESS FOR CHILDREN

One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.

 

Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers. 

 

ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.

ICM Mission and Goals

 

The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions. 

 

The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.  

 

ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizations, such as: 

  • Voices for Georgia's Children, 

  • The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University, 

  • Georgia Appleseed, 

  • JUSTGeorgia, 

  • Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and 

  • A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).  

These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.  

ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.

Sapelo Foundation Releases Report on the Effects of Immigration Enforcement on Latino Children in Georgia

 

U.S. Department of State's 2010 Report on Trafficking in Persons

 

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING 

 

Who: The Georgia Center For Nonprofits and The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

What: Stewards of Children

When: Ongoing on a monthly basis starting in May

Where: Various locations throughout Georgia

Cost:  $15 

 

If your organization works with children in any capacity, you will not want to miss this informative training. Interested participants can register online by visiting Georgia Center for Nonprofits or by phone at 678-916-3090.

 

 

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