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American Bar Association Endorses Task Force Recommendations To Address Children's Exposure to Violence, Urges Immediate Implementation

August 21, 2013

On August 12, 2013, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution supporting the implementation of the 56 policy recommendations set forth in the "Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence." The report—commissioned as part of Attorney General Eric Holder's Defending Childhood Initiative—is a blueprint for reducing the impact of trauma on children who witness or experience violence. Describing the recommendations as timely and significant, the ABA stated that the "comprehensive implementation of these recommendations will ensure that federal, state, and local governments are held responsible for the care and well-being of violence-exposed young people, provide a fair legal process and meaningful access to justice, and offer services to improve the lives, rehabilitation, and future of court-involved youth."

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Learn more about the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative.

Learn more about the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk.