First hearing of the Defending Childhood Task Force

Nov 17th, 2011

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 first hearing of the Defending Childhood Task Force will take place in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. 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 For more information visit, www.usdoj.gov/defendingchildhood/task-force.html.      

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