Press Releases

June 12, 2020

LGBTQ protections reversed in federal ruling

Late this afternoon, a final rule removed nondiscrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act for LGBT people. Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel at Children’s Rights, issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement is yet another move by the administration to deny LGBTQ people their constitutionally guaranteed rights. The protections for LGBTQ people detailed in Section 1557 […]

Read More

June 2, 2020

Statement on what racism has done to children

Sandy Santana shares Children’s Rights’ statement in response to the atrocities of today and the systemic racism that for decades has stained our nation, inflicting unacceptable harm on the children we serve: “Children’s Rights sees the impact of racism on the faces of our children. Black children enter the foster care system at a far […]

Read More

May 8, 2020

HHS Ruling Targets LGBTQ Youth During Public Health Crisis

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule change that will end data collection regarding the sexual orientation of foster children and foster and adoptive parents in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, who recently spoke […]

Read More

Motion to Dismiss Denied in South Carolina Discrimination Case

Yesterday, a South Carolina judge denied defendants’ motion to dismiss in a case brought last year by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of South Carolina against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch. The couple was turned away by a government-funded […]

Read More

April 16, 2020

Urging policymakers to release children from detention centers

The response from states to release juveniles from detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with resistance. The New York Times published an article this week, ‘Pacing and Praying’: Jailed Youths Seek Release as Virus Spreads. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights, issues a response to the conditions and adverse health risk […]

Read More

April 9, 2020

Children’s Rights Calls for Urgent Policy Changes Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, issued the following statement regarding youth held in jail, detention centers, foster care group homes, and institutions: “We need to prioritize the health and safety of our children, which is why we’re calling for urgent state and municipal policy changes now starting […]

Read More

March 31, 2020

Court Holds Iowa Liable for Violating Constitutional Rights of Children in State Detention Federal Judge Rules State’s Treatment of Boys “Shocks the Conscience”

Children’s Rights—Camilla Jenkins, 646-216-3311, cjenkins@childrensrights.org (March 30, 2020 — Des Moines, IA) – Today, a federal judge has 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 M. Rose holds the State […]

Read More

March 19, 2020

Children’s Rights Statement on Discrimination Case Challenging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

In response to a lawsuit filed today on behalf of Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE, against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Christina Wilson Remlin, Lead Counsel at Children’s Rights, issued the following statement: “We applaud this move to hold HHS accountable. The administration’s attempt to nationalize a taxpayer-funded license to […]

Read More

March 18, 2020

Federal Ruling Supports the Rights of Detained Youth to Receive Education Services

Contact: Camilla Jenkins, 646-216-3311; cjenkins@childrensrights.org (ATLANTA) – On March 11, a federal court in Atlanta set an important precedent that can have state-wide implications on special education resources in jails. The court denied a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim from DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Mattox, in response to a suit filed […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Join #1Nation4Children

Help Children’s Rights investigate, expose and combat violations of the rights of children across the country.