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First Hearing of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Task Force

Wednesday, November 16, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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We are pleased to inform you of an important upcoming event in the fight to prevent, address, and reduce children's exposure to violence in the United States. Last month, the Department of Justice announced the establishment of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Composed of leading experts from diverse fields and perspectives, the Task Force will spend the next year examining the extent and nature of the problem of childhood exposure to violence in the U.S. and identifying policies and promising practices to address it.

The establishment of this Task Force is a key part of the Department of Justice's Defending Childhood Initiative, a project arising from the Attorney General's commitment to addressing the epidemic levels of exposure to violence faced by our nation's children. In response to the compelling findings of the first National Survey on Children Exposed to Violence (2009), Attorney General Holder announced the Defending Childhood Initiative in September 2010.

The goals of the Initiative are to prevent children's exposure to violence as victims and witnesses, reduce the negative effects experienced by children who are exposed to violence, and develop knowledge about and increase awareness of this issue. The findings and recommendations of the Defending Childhood Task Force will inform and guide the initiative's work to ensure the safety and health of all our children.

The first hearing of the Defending Childhood Task Force will take place in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Subsequent hearings will take place over the next several months in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Miami, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan. Details on subsequent hearings, as well as information about community listening sessions and other opportunities for input, will be posted on the Defending Childhood Task Force website,, as they become available.

WHAT: First Hearing of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Task Force

WHO: Task Force Co-chairs and Members - Witnesses include Sonja Sohn, founder and CEO of ReWired for Change and star of HBO's "The Wire”; Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Nigel Cox, Chair of the SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) National Advisory Board; and practitioners, policymakers, advocates, academics, and representatives of impacted families and communities

WHERE: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1786

WHEN: Task Force Hearing: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 8:30am – 5:45pm EST

More details and "frequently asked questions” about the Defending Childhood Initiative, the Task Force and its membership, and opportunities for input are available on the Task Force Web site,

The Defending Childhood Task Force is part of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative. The Task Force is staffed by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), a nonprofit research and consulting agency.

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