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Press Releases

March 16, 2020

Children’s Rights Urges Swift Action to Protect Incarcerated Young People

In response to Dr. Amanda Klonsky’s opinion piece published in the New York Times today regarding the risk that COVID-19 poses in our nation’s jails and prisons, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, issued the following statement: “With schools closing and colleges sending students home, New York City must not ignore the health and well-being of youth […]

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March 4, 2020

Monitoring Report in South Carolina: Productive and Promising, but More Work to Be Done

CONTACT: Camilla Jenkins at 646-216-3311; cjenkins@childrensrights.org (Charleston, S.C.) — The latest Monitoring Report on the progress of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) in satisfying its obligations outlined in the Final Settlement Agreement (FSA) entered in the Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster and Leach systemic reform case, has been released. The report […]

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February 28, 2020

Georgia Bill Would Harm Innocent Children

Yesterday, Georgia lawmakers again proposed a bill that, if passed, would harm vulnerable transgender and gender nonconforming children. Ironically, the bill is called the “Vulnerable Youth Protection Act”. If passed, the bill would ban accepted and expected medical care to Georgia’s transitioning youth. Specifically, the bill would make it a felony for any licensed medical […]

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February 24, 2020

Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case involving Philadelphia’s ban on contracting with foster care providers that discriminate against LGBTQ or other prospective parents, Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, issued the following statement: “The appellate court correctly held that the City of Philadelphia’s […]

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February 5, 2020

Children’s Rights Opposes Georgia’s Discriminatory SB 368

Yesterday, lawmakers in Georgia introduced a bill (SB 368) that would give adoption agencies — including taxpayer-funded ones — a license to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim foster and adoptive parents. The bill is so broad it could also permit discrimination against children. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel at Children’s Rights, issued […]

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February 3, 2020

Latest Monitoring Report Shows Encouraging Progress in Connecticut

The Court Monitor in the ongoing federal child welfare reform lawsuit know as Juan F. released the latest report on the progress of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) in meeting the remaining improvement requirements in that lawsuit.  The report covers the Second Quarter of 2019 (April-June 2019) and the Third Quarter of […]

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January 31, 2020

Statement on New Medicaid Block Grants Policy

The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would allow states to cap Medicaid spending for many poor adults, a major shift long sought by conservatives that gives states the option of reducing health benefits for millions who gained coverage through the program under the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times. Sandy Santana, […]

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January 29, 2020

Children’s Rights Opposes South Dakota Bill Restricting Care for Trans Youth

Today, a proposal to ban doctors from prescribing hormones or performing sex-reassignment surgery for transgender youth in South Dakota cleared a committee vote, the Washington Post reports. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel, issued this statement opposing the bill: “This is just one more ugly instance of government discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Affirming trans health […]

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Children’s Rights Files Amicus Brief to Uphold Protections for Migrant Children in U.S. Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daniel Kessel, 646-216-3343, dkessel@childrensrights.org (New York, NY) – Yesterday Children’s Rights filed an amicus brief with eight other leading child welfare organizations before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed regulations that would allow children to be detained indefinitely and would abolish detention facility standards […]

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January 27, 2020

“Public Charge” Rule Ultimately Harms Innocent Children

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, on a 5-4 margin, lifted a nationwide injunction that will now allow the Trump Administration to move forward with its “public charge” rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to qualify for a green card if they have accepted specific public benefits, including housing assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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