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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 29, 2012 Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly
QUOTE: raised questions among elder-care advocates and legislators about how a small number of paid guardians — both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals — are treating the aging and how states oversee the process.
Washington Post Feb 24, 2012 Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyed
QUOTE: A Philadelphia archdiocese official on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children has asked a court to throw out charges against him based on a 1994 memo showing Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed. Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn asked a Philadelphia court to dismiss charges of conspiracy and child endangerment based on documents that Lynn had informed his superiors -- including the cardinal -- that priests in the archdiocese were assaulting children.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 11, 2011 When does spanking become abuse?
QUOTE: Spanking impressionable children may reduce undesirable behavior in the short term. In the long term, however, research shows that it offers children a poor example of how to solve problems or deal with difficult situations.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 08, 2011 Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism
QUOTE: The Justice Department has been conducting a criminal investigation of sports fishing expeditions in the Amazon that may have been used as covers for Americans to have sex with underage girls...
New York Times Mar 03, 2011 Government Report Finds Elder Abuse on the Rise
QUOTE: Kay Brown, director of education, work force and income security at the accountability office, testified that state agencies also were seeing increasingly complex cases involving multiple types of abuse. Yet funding for state-level adult protective services agencies... is not keeping pace.
New York Times Feb 27, 2011 Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America
QUOTE: In Afghanistan, a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban and the rise of an influential women’s rights movement, the violent subjugation of women remains broadly accepted... But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is.
New York Times Feb 02, 2011 Sex Scandals in Italy Fuel Discontent of Women
QUOTE: Italy significantly trails European Union counterparts on equality indicators like employment of women or women in leadership positions, and indignant women say the latest scandal [the Berlusconi sex scandal-Ed.] highlights a troubling message: the way for a woman to get ahead in Italy is to sell her soul, if not her body, to powerful men.
New York Times Feb 02, 2011 Shaken-Baby Syndrome Faces New Questions in Court
QUOTE: “No one wants child abuse,” says Keith Findley, a lawyer for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. “But we should not be prosecuting and convicting people in shaken-baby cases right now, based on the triad of symptoms, without other evidence of abuse. If the medical community can’t agree about all the conflicting data and research, how is a jury supposed to reach a conclusion that’s beyond a reasonable doubt?”
New York Times Jan 14, 2011 Warning signs from a troubled mind: What parents should do
QUOTE: the line between unusual behavior and someone being a true threat is murky. And there aren't many options to detain people who exhibit disturbing behavior but have not committed a crime, experts said....When someone's behavior spirals out of control, the family has to determine whether it's eccentricity or something severe. Some families dismiss the changes as a phase; others are ill-equipped or in denial.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 09, 2011 Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son
QUOTE: ver since riot police officers crushed a large protest against apparent fraud in presidential elections here last month, the security services — still called the K.G.B. in this authoritarian former Soviet republic — have been rounding up people across the country for even the most tangential affiliation with the opposition. Now, it seems, they have gone a step further. The government warned recently that it might seize custody of the 3-year-old son of an opposition presidential candidate...
New York Times Dec 20, 2010 Man who wrote 'how-to' for pedophiles arrested
QUOTE: Judd said he was frustrated that Greaves' book was protected under freedom of speech laws, even though it was created "specifically to teach people how to sexually molest and rape children."
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 17, 2010 U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The president should inform our representatives in Afghanistan that although we shall continue to put up with much that we do not condone, there are limits to our accommodations. We shall neither finance nor protect a regime that refuses to act against large-scale sexual abuse of children.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 27, 2010 Pediatricians now reject all female genital cutting
QUOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral "pricking" procedure.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 06, 2009 When a parent steals your identity
QUOTE: This crime is not as rare as you might think. And the betrayal (and damage) goes beyond the financial. Here's how it can happen -- and how to tell if it already has.
MSN (Microsoft Network) Jun 25, 2009 Family Caregiving on Contract (The New Old Age: Caring and Coping)
QUOTE: Elder lawyers have been discussing care contracts [where a family member is paid to care for the elderly relative] or caregiver agreements for years, but interest has picked up since 2006, when Medicaid eligibility requirements tightened.
New York Times May 20, 2009 Report Details Abuses in Irish Reformatories
QUOTE: The report is based on old church records of unreported abuse cases and on the anonymous testimony of 1,060 former students from a variety of 216 mostly church-run institutions....It exposes for the first time the scope of the problem in Ireland, as well as how the government and the church colluded in perpetuating an abusive system.
New York Times Apr 22, 2009 After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children
QUOTE: crackdowns against illegal immigrants thrust local courts into transnational custody battles and leave thousands of children in limbo.
New York Times Jan 21, 2009 Trials for Parents Who Chose Faith Over Medicine
QUOTE: after Kara’s death last March, the Marathon County state attorney, Jill Falstad, brought charges of reckless endangerment against her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann. Despite the Neumanns’ claim that the charges violated their constitutional right to religious freedom, Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court ordered Ms. Neumann to stand trial...
New York Times Dec 23, 2008 Saudi judge refuses to annul marriage of girl, 8
QUOTE: A Saudi judge recently refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man -- a union apparently arranged by the girl's father to settle his debts...
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 22, 2008 Yemen confronts plight of child brides: Widespread poverty and deep-rooted tradition keep young girls at risk for early marriage.
QUOTE: UNICEF warns that soaring inflation rates and high food prices threaten to turn increasing numbers of young girls into child brides, as families struggle to survive.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 12, 2008 Child-abuse claims vs. parents' rights: Supreme Court mulls whether to take a suit accusing Illinois of forcing families to give up rights.
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether procedures used in Illinois to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect violate the fundamental rights of parents. The case arises at a legal crossroads between the government's interest in moving quickly to safeguard children from abuse or neglect and the right of parents to raise and maintain a family without undue government interference.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 08, 2008 As Teenagers Leave Group Homes, a Challenge Placing Those Who Remain
QUOTE: Some child-welfare experts are worried they may soon be unable to recruit enough qualified foster parents, while others say the city has moved too slowly in putting support systems in place to help these older children flourish in private homes.
New York Times May 30, 2008 Texas Loses Court Ruling Over Taking of Children
QUOTE: Bringing polygamist families closer to regaining custody of their children, a divided Supreme Court of Texas agreed Thursday that the state had illegally seized 468 girls and boys from a West Texas ranch last month on unproven grounds of physical and sexual abuse.
New York Times May 21, 2008 Social workers turned away from FLDS ranch
QUOTE: "CPS had believed all children had been removed as authorized by a state district judge," agency spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said. "This morning, along with law enforcement, we went to the ranch to make some initial inquiries, and we are now conferring with law enforcement."
CNN (Cable News Network) May 20, 2008 Far-Flung Placement of Children in Texas Raid Is Criticized
QUOTE: The hearings, technically meant as a 60-day check-up of the state’s plan in handling the children and families of the raid, have exposed the clanking machinery of the Texas child welfare apparatus, which has strained at the seams and spent millions of dollars to handle one of the biggest and most complex child welfare cases in the nation’s history.
New York Times May 16, 2008 Study: Big gaps in foster vs. traditional homes
QUOTE: Children in foster care live in poorer, more crowded and less educated homes than kids in other families, often taking them from one disadvantaged environment into another, new research shows.
USA TODAY May 05, 2008 Polygamy roll shows 21 wives for one member
QUOTE: attorneys for the sect argued against a court review of the documents, claiming the documents should remain private under First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association....The ages of the wives and their children are critical to investigators, who believe that underage girls were routinely married and forced to have sex with older men.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 20, 2008 ACLU weighs in on Texas polygamist custody case
QUOTE: The Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said it was concerned that the basic rights of the children and mothers connected to a Texas polygamist ranch were violated during a recent raid and custody hearing.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 17, 2008 Ex-sect members escape polygamy but not pain
QUOTE: Religion...is also used to validate the brainwashing and, in some cases, physical abuse employed to keep women and children submissive, said Marci Hamilton, author of "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children." The women are wholly dependent on the patriarchal community, Hamilton said. They often lack education and marketable skills, and they're told of "terrible forces outside the compound," namely evil people who wish them harm, she said.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 14, 2008 Child Rape Tests Limits Of Death Penalty: La. Law Spurs Review Of Eighth Amendment
QUOTE: Proponents say society demands retribution for those who harm its most vulnerable members. But some child advocacy experts say the unintended consequences of the death penalty might be a decline in the reporting of sexual assaults by family members, or even an incentive for the rapist to kill the victim.
Washington Post Feb 24, 2008 A Case of a Family Services Job Well Done, or Overdone?
QUOTE: ...[a] Georgetown couple is convinced that their names are not being removed from the city's child protection registry largely because of the District's embarrassment over the Jacks case. The parents believe the city was right to suspect abuse, right to investigate, right to run tests. But they say the case went off the rails when city lawyers continued to press abuse allegations even after the judge found no cause to proceed.
Washington Post Feb 21, 2008 Bill on Child Abuse Receives Initial Nod
QUOTE: The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to controversial legislation making it a crime for teachers, nurses, police officers and other professionals to fail to report evidence to authorities if they suspect a child may have been abused....Critics said the bill places too heavy a burden on state workers...
Washington Post Jan 20, 2008 Murder Case Tests Limits on Parents’ Right to Hit
QUOTE: Parents in all 50 states are allowed to hit their children...There are limits, of course, on what is allowed. But out of reluctance to legislate parental conduct, [New York] state lawmakers...[are] instead letting courts consider the matter case by case.
New York Times Jan 11, 2008 Cells, texting give predators secret path to kids
QUOTE: Before cell phones, laptops and Sidekicks -- a BlackBerry-like device for the younger, hipper crowd -- someone might have noticed that a teacher was "grooming" a child, or being way too attentive, too often. Not anymore. Now, teachers have weeks, months and years to secretly undermine a child's parents and get a student to go along with sexual contact.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 23, 2007 Brazil investigates 15-year-old girl's jail horror story
QUOTE: The Brazilian government is investigating the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly was raped and tortured after being put in a prison cell with 20 male inmates, officials said.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 15, 2007 African Crucible: Cast as Witches, Then Cast Out
QUOTE: In parts of Angola, Congo and the Congo Republic, a surprising number of children are accused of being witches, and then are beaten, abused or abandoned. Child advocates estimate that thousands of children living in the streets of Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, have been accused of witchcraft and cast out by their families, often as a rationale for not having to feed or care for them.
New York Times Nov 10, 2007 Gabriel’s Story: An Oregon custody case could reunite a two-year-old with a convicted felon: his dad.
QUOTE: Federal law prevents geographical distance from influencing an adoption decision, and state law favors blood relatives....As far as the Brandts are concerned, however, they are his family—the only family he's known besides his drug-addled mother.
Newsweek Nov 05, 2007 Foster Children at Risk, and an Opportunity Lost (A History of Neglect)
QUOTE: It is as much a story of trouble as of triumph. The Miracle Makers Inc. of Brooklyn, which swiftly grew into one of the largest of the minority agencies, was banished from foster care in 2005 after years of poor performance that shortchanged children. Two other minority agencies, responsible for hundreds of children, were shuttered and their officials convicted of stealing money. Another closed after city investigators found that agency staff members were giving jobs and contracts to relatives.
New York Times Nov 01, 2007 Workplace raids ensnare kids in net, too
QUOTE: For every two illegal immigrants arrested in a workplace raid, at least one child feels the effect...In some cases, children spend at least one night without a parent and are handed off in a mad scramble to babysitters or relatives...
USA TODAY Sep 19, 2007 Ranks of child soldiers swell again in Congo: Fresh fighting in the east has ended a three-year lull in using child fighters
QUOTE: But a recent bout of fighting – a tangled conflict of local ethnic militias, Rwandan rebels, and the Congolese Army – is putting that progress at risk. Untold hundreds and even thousands of young boys and girls are being forced to rejoin the fight, or to fight for the first time in a war that few of them understand.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 01, 2007 8 Years After Elián, a Cuban Custody Battle
QUOTE: The dispute this time involves a 4-year-old girl who came to the United States from Cuba in 2005 with her mother and her 13-year-old half-brother. At issue is whether the girl’s father, a Cuban farmer who arrived in Miami in June with his wife and 7-year-old daughter to fight for his younger daughter’s custody, is fit to raise her.
New York Times Apr 19, 2007 Orphanages brim, but Russia thwarts foreign adoption: This week, the last of 89 foreign-based adoption agencies failed to get reaccreditation.
QUOTE: Defenders of the government crackdown say it's about improving accountability and providing safeguards for Russian children who are adopted abroad. They cite claims that at least 14 Russian kids adopted in the US and Canada have died over the past decade, victims of parental abuse.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 25, 2007 New Translation Prompts Debate on Islamic Verse
QUOTE: The hotly debated verse states that a rebellious woman should first be admonished, then abandoned in bed, and ultimately “beaten” — the most common translation for the Arabic word “daraba” — unless her behavior improves....Some analysts hold that the verse cannot be rendered meaningfully into English because it reflects social and legal practices of Muhammad’s time.
New York Times Feb 07, 2007 U.S. Declines to Join Accord on Secret Detentions: 58 Nations Sign Separate Pact On Child Soldiers
QUOTE: Representatives from 57 countries on Tuesday signed a long-negotiated treaty prohibiting governments from holding people in secret detention. The United States declined to endorse the document, saying its text did not meet U.S. expectations.
Washington Post Jan 30, 2007 Court Orders Trial for Congolese Warlord Accused of Conscripting Children
QUOTE: The International Criminal Court ruled Monday that Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, charged with recruiting child soldiers as young as 10 and sending them into battle, will be the first defendant to face trial at the newly established court.
Washington Post Jan 24, 2007 Court Rules Against Foster Parents: Chinese Couple To Get Child
QUOTE: Financial and legal hardships prompted the Hes to place their newborn in the Bakers' care, He said, adding that another church member who ran an adoption agency had vouched for the couple and described them as experienced, loving foster parents. The Hes visited Anna, her father said, but relations turned ugly when they asked for her return at the age of 2.
Washington Post Jan 02, 2007 Young Turn to Web Sites Without Rules
QUOTE: new Web sites like Stickam.com, which is building a business by going where others fear to tread: into the realm of unfiltered live broadcasts from Web cameras.
New York Times Dec 09, 2006 Committee Says GOP Left Foley Unchecked: Ethics Panel Faults Many, Punishes None
QUOTE: The House ethics committee concluded yesterday that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and his top staff probably knew for months, if not years, of then-Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate contact with former House pages but did nothing to protect the teenagers....But the ethics panel, officially known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, decided against taking any action against the leaders, aides or House officials involved
Washington Post Nov 30, 2006 In Congo, superstitions breed homeless children: The number of street children in Congo's capital has swelled to around 20,000. Many have been shunned as 'witches.'
QUOTE: Peace has brought its own challenges, as refugee families flow into the capital, Kinshasa, and find they cannot feed themselves. Out of survival, many are using witchcraft as an excuse to expel their most vulnerable members: children.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 01, 2006 Is a trial unfair if accused can't confront accuser?: The Supreme Court looks at the conviction in a 1988 child-abuse trial. One possible outcome is a flood of appeals.
QUOTE: [he] says his trial was unfair because his jury was never allowed to gauge the veracity of...accusations through the crucible of cross-examination in open court...At its core, the...case presents the high court with a conundrum, according to some analysts: how to acknowledge the constitutional significance...without opening a Pandora's box of criminal appeals.
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