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to speak for all children.

November 12,  2009

ICM'S GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17  

 

Topic:  Child Sexual Exploitation

and Trafficking in Georgia

 

 

ICM's next general membership meeting will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

 

According to a study conducted by A Future.Not a Past., anywhere from 200-300 girls each month are victims of child prostitution in Georgia.  This meeting will be dedicated to learning more about this growing victimization of children in this state and the on-going efforts to stop its spread.  

 

Guest panelists will include:

  • Sergeant Ernest Britton, Atlanta Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit 
  • Cheryl Deluca-Johnson, StreetGRACE 
  • Angel Vickers, Wellspring Living

The sexual exploitation of children has been and continues to be one of ICM's primary children's issues.  Please attend this meeting and find out how you can join the fight.

 

Contact us at info@interfaithchildrensmovement.org and let us know that you will be there.

JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS: 

JUSTGEORGIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

ACTION ITEM:  Upcoming Hearing on SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act

 

As a member of the JUSTGeorgia coalition, ICM is calling on you to help us bring juvenile code reform to Georgia.  The next pre-session Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB).  CLOB is loated at 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta, GA 30334.

 

This hearing will focus on Article 3:  Deprivation.  The "Deprivation" article applies to children who have suffered from abuse or neglect.


The Child Protection and Public Safety Act is a comprehensive reform of Georgia's current Juvenile Code.  Not only does it bring order and clarity to the Code, it calls for restorative justice for Georgia's children.  

 

For a Fact Sheet about the proposed reforms, go to Child Protection and Public Safety Act: Good for Georgia's Children and Families on ICM's Web site.  Also, you can find summaries (short and detailed) of the proposed legislation at www.justgeorgia.org.  The summaries give you an indication of the magnitude of change needed for Georgia's children.

 

We need your supportive presence at these hearings.  Also, contact your state legislators and let them know that you support juvenile code reform and JUSTGeorgia.  

 

We especially need for you to contact the following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:


Preston Smith, District 52, Chair
Seth Harp, District 29, Vice Chair
Bill Hamrick, District 30, Secretary
David Adelman, District 42
Robert Brown, District 26
Bill Cowsert, District 46
John Crosby, District 13
Vincent Fort, District 39
Judson Hill, District 32
Mitch Seabaugh, District 28
John Wiles, District 37

 

Go to http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/FindLegislator.htmto find out your state legislators.

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS: U.S. SUPREME COURT DELIBERATES "LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILES"

On November 9, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court took on the issue of juveniles receiving a sentence of life without parole.  The Court heard two Florida cases.  An account of that hearing can be found at NPR

 

A map illustrating state-by-state how many inmates were sentenced to life without parole when they were juveniles can be found at PBS.

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.

 

JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.

 

DR. LUTHER E. SMITH, JR. 

 

HONORED BY VOICES FOR GEORGIA'S CHILDREN

Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. will be honored by Voices for Georgia's Children, Friday, November 13, 2009, as a "Big Voice for Children" award recipient.  Dr. Smith is a founding member of ICM and the immediate past chair of ICM's board of directors. 

On behalf of the ICM Board of Directors and all ICM members, we thank Voices for Georgia's Children and applaud their selection of Dr. Smith in recognition of his lifelong service to and advocacy for children.

Congratulations, Luther!

For more information about the event, go to Voices for Georgia's Children.

 

LEARN, PRAY, ACT

 

Your help is still needed.

 

Answer this call from ICM to provide books and snacks to the children of Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, Georgia.

 

The teachers lost hundreds (perhaps thousands) of books in the flood.  These books were in their personal classroom libraries.

 

The children also need snacks (healthy ones).  As one teacher has written on her school Web page, while the children are settling into their new environment at Austell Intermediate, "Our new lunch time is 10:48, and the students are hungry again in the afternoon. Crackers and snack mix are very popular in our class."
 

Let us know that you are able and willing to help.  Contact us by e-mail or by calling 770-498-2141.

Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM, 

ICM Partners & Others

Full ICM Calendar

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Voices for Georgia's Children Holds Georgia Children's Summit
Voices for Georgia's Children invites you to attend the "Georgia Children's Summit: A Pre-Legislative Session Meeting of the Georgia Children's Advocacy Network"

 

Event Location:  James H. "Sloppy" Floyd Building
Floyd Room, 20th Floor
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive 

Atlanta

 

Go to Voices for Georgia's Childrenfor more information.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Istanbul Center holds Istanbul Dialogue Night.  Istanbul Dialogue Night is a monthly program that brings people from different backgrounds together to discuss issues and topics of common interest. 

 

Event Location:  

Istanbul Center's Norcross office is located at 6760 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 110, Norcross 30071.
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November 25 and December 16, 2009

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosts an open Darkness to Lightsexual abuse prevention training on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Fulton office. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The cost is $15 per person, which includes training materials, snacks and refreshments.  The training is approved for CEUs for socialworkers, LPCs, nurses and early childhood education providers. All are welcome to attend.  Please call to register: 678-904-2880. Go to Georgia Center for Child Advocacy for more information.  

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mental Health Georgia's ABC University Presents Attachment 101:  The Basics and Beyond 
Extending arms, bridging gaps and establishing bonds between caretakers and children.  

 

Event Location: 

Doubletree Hotel 

Atlanta NE/Northlake
4156 LaVista Road

Atlanta, GA 30084

 

Go to Mental Health Georgia for additional information.
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Now through January 3, 2010

Through the Lens of MundoHispánico: Georgia's Hispanic Community Exhibit on display at the Atlanta History Center,130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. , Atlanta30305. 

 

Presented in both English and Spanish, this new exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of MundoHispánico newspaper.
 

 

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