Archive for October, 2012

Malala Yousafzai
Letter to Malala

Dear Malala, By now you’ve been airlifted to a hospital in the UK, and are, I hope, on the way to recovery. It is almost inconceivable to me that hatred and fear of women can be so strong, that the mere possibility of girls competing on an equal footing with boys could impel someone to [...]

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Growing Up Locked Down

The 141-page report is based on research in both US jails and prisons in five states ­– Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania – and correspondence with young people in 14 others. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers, Human Rights Watch and the ACLU found.

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US: Teens in Solitary Confinement

Youths Suffer Serious Harm From Weeks, Months in ‘Lock-Down’
http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/10/10/us-teens-solitary-confinement

Young people are held in solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the United States, often for weeks or months at a time. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers.

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Policy Recommendations – America’s Report Card 2012

America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. These corresponding policy recommendations provide real solutions that work for kids in these five areas. Jointly issued by First Focus and Save the Children.

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America’s Report Card – 2012

Commissioned by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Casey (D-PA), America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report, co-released by First Focus and Save The Children also urges the American people to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life: vote in November’s general election for candidates who support investments in children; hold elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engage with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.