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Child Work: Agriculture, Entertainment Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption

Stateline, Marsha Mercer Aug 30, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Enforcement of child labor laws is spotty in the U.S. Many states have exempted farm labor and in some states, 12- year-olds can work seven days a week in the fields picking fruit and vegetables.

work, safety, child labor

New Obama Directive Aims To Stop Detention Of Undocumented Parents With Minor Children

Fox News Latino, Elizabeth Llorente Aug 26, 2013

Julie Drizin said: The Obama Administration aims to close the gap between child welfare policy and immigration law.

immigration, Foster Care, child welfare, New American Children

When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race

The Atlantic, Sarah Garland Aug 28, 2013

Julie Drizin said: The seeds of the academic achievement divide are planted in toddler and preschool years as wealthy parents invest in enrichment activities out of reach for middle and working class families.

Education, Economy, race, preschool

For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

NPR, Jennifer Ludden Aug 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: The average worker in the food and restaurant industry is 29. And nearly a quarter of them are parents. Some restaurant workers say they pay more than one-third of their income for child care.

Economy, work, , child care

Fast Food: Students Struggle with Healthy Options in Short Lunch Periods

Center for Investigative Reporting, Joanna Lin Aug 28, 2013

Mina Dixon said: National school and health organizations recommend that students have at least 20 minutes to eat lunch after they're served. But in many schools, that's not happening. And when kids don't have the time for lunch, they don't eat anything, experts say.

Health, Education, nutrition

USA Swimming Faces Lingering Doubts Over Sexual Abuse

NPR, Tom Goldman Aug 27, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Safe Sport, the sex abuse prevention program of USA Swimming, is undergoing an independent evaluation to determine if it has fulfilled or failed its promise to respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

Sports, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban for Kids Challenged in Federal Court

The Star-Ledger, Susan K. Livio Aug 26, 2013

Julie Drizin said: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made it illegal for licensed therapists to try to change a youth's sexual orientation, a practice long condemned as abusive by the gay community and mental health professionals.

mental health, lgbt, Sexuality

A Perfect Daughter: Gender Reassignment by Gillian Laub

People Magazine, Gillian Laub; TIME Light/Box, Eugene Reznik Aug 26, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Loving, accepting parents help Nikki (born a boy named Niko) transition to life as a girl.

parenting, gender identity, adolescence

Accused School Shooter’s Path Marked by Violence, Mental Illness

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Alan Judd and Steve Visser Aug 26, 2013

Julie Drizin said: A convicted felon, 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill was "off his meds" for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD when he entered an elementary school with an assault rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition.

mental health, violence, Criminal Justice, bullying, ADHD, school shootings

Homeless Mothers and Children Protesting Lack of Beds

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alfred Lubrano Aug 22, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Advocates say its at least the fourth year in a row that Philadelphia agencies for the homeless have been unable to accommodate a flood of mothers and children seeking beds in August.

Economy, housing, homelessness, Poverty