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Children’s Rights In the News

15 April 2020 WXYZ Detroit
COVID Ripple Effect: Complaints over child abuse and neglect fall

With children staying home, states are seeing a significant decline in the number of abuse and neglect cases reported since COVID-19 caused schools and businesses to close. “The shelter-in-place order and the school closures have literally made, in my view, millions of millions of kids invisible to the professionals that are trained to spot abuse and […]

COVID Ripple Effect: Complaints over child abuse and neglect fall
9 April 2020 The Oskaloosa Herald
DHS says it’s protecting youth in detention and group homes

Last month, Disability Rights Iowa and Drake University’s Center for Children’s Rights wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen to share concerns about the safety of Iowa youth now living in detention facilities, group care and the state-run training school for boys located in Eldora.

DHS says it’s protecting youth in detention and group homes
31 March 2020 Associated Press
Order issued in Iowa lawsuit over juvenile offender treatment

Federal Judge Stephanie M. Rose holds the State liable for violating the constitutional rights of children at the School and ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee sweeping court-ordered reforms to practices at the School. Filed in 2017, the case centers on BSTS’ lack of adequate mental health care services for children who need […]

Order issued in Iowa lawsuit over juvenile offender treatment
31 March 2020 Des Moines Register
Judge orders end to ‘torture’ at Iowa detention facility for boys

“This is an extraordinary victory for children,” said Harry Frischer, Children’s Rights lead counsel. “The School literally has been torturing youth in its care.” A powerful 116-page ruling came out of an Iowa class action suit Children’s Rights, Disability Rights Iowa, and Ropes & Gray LLP filed in 2017.

Judge orders end to ‘torture’ at Iowa detention facility for boys
31 March 2020 The Gazette
Judge; Iowa Boys State Training School wrongly ‘punishes or tortures’ students

A federal judge issued a powerful decision in C.P.X. v. Garcia (formerly known as C.P.X. v. Foxhoven), a class action lawsuit brought against the Boys State Training School (BSTS) in Eldora, Iowa. Federal Judge Stephanie Rose holds the State liable for violating the constitutional rights of children at the School and ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee […]

Judge; Iowa Boys State Training School wrongly ‘punishes or tortures’ students
25 March 2020 Associated Press
Supreme Court Won’t Review Arizona Foster-Care Lawsuit

A 2015 Arizona case seeking reform to the foster-care system was declined class-action status before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will be taken to trial before U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver at a later date. “New York-based nonprofit Children’s Rights has brought similar lawsuits in other states, arguing the problems are systemic and […]

Supreme Court Won’t Review Arizona Foster-Care Lawsuit
20 March 2020 Modern Healthcare
HHS sued to block elimination of non-bias protections in grants

“This is part of the broader administration agenda of creating an authorization to discriminate based on religious or other deeply held beliefs. It opens an avenue for providers to force vulnerable young people to adopt their religious beliefs, even if that runs counter to the wellbeing of these young people,” said Christina Wilson Remlin, lead […]

HHS sued to block elimination of non-bias protections in grants
19 February 2020 Impact Fund
Indiscriminate Use of Psychotropics among Children in Foster Care Is a National Disgrace

I recently sat in a courtroom in Kansas City and listened to a foster mom, a grandfather, and a birth mother all speak with great emotion about the harm done to children they love. They had come to testify before the final hearing in the first federal class-action lawsuit to focus solely on the widespread and often dangerous use of psychotropic medications among youth in foster care.

Indiscriminate Use of Psychotropics among Children in Foster Care Is a National Disgrace
11 February 2020 Arizona Republic
5 years, $7 million in legal fees and no end in sight: Foster-care lawsuit drags on

A five-year legal battle over Arizona’s foster-care system has cost taxpayers more than $7 million, public records show. The spending is likely to continue: State child-welfare officials have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to nullify the lawsuit’s class-action status. They have hired former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to make their […]

5 years, $7 million in legal fees and no end in sight: Foster-care lawsuit drags on

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