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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 December 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Modeled on a long-running and successful program in Oakland, Philadelphia schools' Relationships First program uses restorative justice to reform school discipline. The program follows a three-step approach to changin...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

19 October 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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During the 2020 social justice protests, Rochester city school leaders quickly acted to remove police officers from the schools. A long-time goal of school-discipline reformers, ending the use of school resource offic...

The New York Times

Meryl Davids Landau

17 July 2021

Lafayette, Indiana, United States

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"Policing the teen brain" is a training regimen devised by Strategies for Youth that teaches police officers to de-escalate conflicts with adolescents to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Youth detention has dropped si...

Concord Monitor

Meg McIntyre

25 May 2021

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

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As New Hampshire schools debate the presence of police officers stationed in schools, one model they and other states can consider is found at Minnesota Intermediate School District 287. That district lowered in-schoo...

The Imprint

Elizabeth Amon

17 May 2021

Minnesota, United States

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The 43-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act continues to make a "profound" difference to Native American families and tribes, despite being under frequent legal attacks. The law limits the placement of Native children in...

WSYM-TV

Tianna Jenkins

29 April 2021

Michigan, United States

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After the death of a 16-year-old boy who was tackled and restrained by staff at a juvenile justice facility, Michigan children's services officials imposed emergency rules limiting the use of restraints. In the past y...

The Imprint

Martín Macías, Jr.

29 April 2021

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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The Safe Babies program model trains judges to oversee foster-care cases with the goal of fixing the problems that led social workers to remove young children from their homes. Operating swiftly, so that babies do not...

Next City

Marianne Dhenin

13 April 2021

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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Playground designers and city officials in St. Petersburg, Florida, have gone beyond the basic requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to create a space that is truly inclusive. The park ...

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Tennessee Watson

Eda Uzunlar

20 March 2021

Mitchell, South Dakota, United States

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Five years after South Dakota replaced a failing, punitive juvenile justice system that emphasized incarceration and probation with approaches focused on rehabilitation and local services for youth, the state's invest...

International Centre for Investigative Reporting

Seun Durojaiye

13 March 2021

Nigeria

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To combat high rates of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria, the Spotlight Initiative supports several organizations providing counseling and educational services to victims and to women and girls at risk of a...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

19 February 2021

Delhi, India

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Evictions can have devastating effects on a student’s access to education, forcing some to drop out of school. In Delhi, a city in India, a school was built by students, community members, and volunteers using locally...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

10 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county'...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

4 January 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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In 55 Ohio counties, judges can appoint volunteers from Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs to represent the interests of children when their families' struggles end up in court. CASA volunteers act as a ...

Autostraddle

Mari Wrobi

31 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To promote the need to end intersex surgery, an organization launched a multi-pronged campaign that raised awareness about the potentially damaging impacts of the practice. The group used social media, created a petit...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

5 November 2020

Maine, United States

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By providing a forum to the Wabanaki people to tell their truth about public policies' effects on their lives, the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted reforms in Maine's child wel...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

Mother Jones

Adam Hochschild

1 November 2020

Selma, Alabama, United States

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Hundreds of schools nationwide use restorative justice to respond to student disciplinary problems differently. In place of police, arrests, and suspensions, restorative practices emphasize conflict mediation through ...

USA Today

Pat Beall

Daphne Chen

Michael Braga

Josh Salman

16 October 2020

Florida, United States

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Alarmed that child-welfare officials failed too often to prevent abuse within families, Florida responded six years ago with a crackdown that reversed official policy favoring preserving families if possible. But remo...

Today's Parent

Claire Gagne

16 July 2020

Ethiopia

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Born on Time, a partnership between the Canadian government, Johnson & Johnson, and NGOs, uses a comprehensive approach to reduce premature births, including educating women and men about the risk factors - like havin...

Teen Vogue

Zach Schermele

17 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis school board’s vote to remove police from public schools arose not only from protests over the police killing of George Floyd, but also from a long-term advocacy project to end the so-called school-to-...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

10 February 2020

Connecticut, United States

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Since 2007, Connecticut has taken major steps in juvenile justice reform – namely, the ages that youth are arrested or charged as adults. By moving 16 and 17 year olds out of the adult system and into the juvenile jus...

KPBS Public Media

Max Rivlin-Nadler

4 February 2020

Tijuana, Mexico

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"The Nest" in Tijuana is a space for migrant children to relax and be themselves during a very stressful time. "The Nest" was established by the Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles and sits across the street from a s...

Equal Times

María José Carmona

15 January 2020

Malaga, Spain

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There are thousands of children caught in the midst of the migrant crisis, and many of them end up without their parents or with a relative. To avoid placing migrant children in facilities that would be unable to give...

YR Media

Zari Tarazona

8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Annie Banerji

11 December 2019

Surkhet, Nepal

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Support and counseling from trusted volunteers empowers young women to stay in school and out of child marriage. In Nepal, the Sisters for Sisters program was the result of a governmental effort to reduce child marria...

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