Defending Childhood Task Force Makes Recommendations to Attorney General on Protecting Children From Violence

December 12, 2012 | by 

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The Defending Childhood Task Force presented its recommendations on preventing and reducing children’s exposure to violence to Attorney General Eric Holder at the December 12 quarterly meeting of the Federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice. The task force was commissioned last year by Attorney General Holder as part of his Defending Childhood Initiative. NCCD provided technical assistance to the task force.

The Defending Childhood Task Force presented its recommendations on preventing and reducing children’s exposure to violence to Attorney General Eric Holder at the December 12 quarterly meeting of the Federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice. The task force was commissioned last year by Attorney General Holder as part of his Defending Childhood Initiative. NCCD provided technical assistance to the task force.

Co-chairs Joe Torre and Bob Listenbee, along with other task force members, presented and discussed the recommendations with Attorney General Holder and other members of the Council. The report of the task force contains a full complement of recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and community members, and emphasizes that each of us has a role to play in protecting children from exposure to violence. 

“Some of our children may grow up in safety and stability, but when millions do not, our entire society suffers,” noted Torre and Listenbee in their letter to the Attorney General. “We pay astronomical costs to the health care, child welfare, justice, and other systems because we have not yet done what we know works to prevent and treat childhood exposure to violence.”

As the task force’s technical assistance provider, NCCD convened four national hearings and three national listening sessions. These gatherings gave the task force opportunity to hear from experts and community members in Baltimore, Albuquerque, Miami, Detroit, Oakland, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, and Anchorage. You can watch videos of all four hearings on our website.

Though the task force’s work is drawing to a close, the work of preventing, reducing, and treating children’s exposure to violence remains. NCCD continues to work in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, LGBT youth , and education to ensure that children have safe, stable homes and communities.