EMPOWERING CHILD PROTECTION
CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse, built on the extraordinary work of two leaders in the field.
Prof. Marci Hamilton, Founder and CEO of CHILD USA, is a national expert on child sex abuse; the statutes of limitations that make it difficult for victims to pursue justice; and religious defenses that may lead to neglect. Hamilton has filed countless pro bono amicus briefs for the protection of children at the United States Supreme Court and the state supreme courts and has submitted testimony and advised legislators in every state where significant statute of limitation reform has occurred.
Rita Swan, the founder of CHILD, Inc., and CHILD USA Board Member, has been the leading national advocate for the protection of children from medical and educational neglect. Rita received the 2017 CHILD USA Child Protector Award. Although CHILD, Inc. has dissolved, the archived website remains a rich source of materials on the abuse and neglect of children, especially religious-based medical neglect.
CHILD USA combines these two leader’s missions to provide a comprehensive approach to promoting justice for victims of child abuse and neglect.
CHILD USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank that conducts evidence-based legal, medical, and social science research to identify laws and policies affecting child protection. With these facts, CHILD USA shines a light on the better pathways to truly protect kids from abuse and prevent neglect.
LET’S END CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
WHAT WE DO
Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty. Sexual abuse and the maltreatment of children have an all too frequent impact on children’s health. These acts often occur in secret, behind closed doors, but have public consequences. Victims, their families, and the public pay a high price even decades after the violence ends. CHILD USA is a child abuse nonprofit that cuts through the shame and the secrecy to gather and analyze the data behind abuse and neglect.
As a nonprofit think tank dedicated to protecting kids and preventing abuse, CHILD USA conducts research, compiles evidence, promotes ideas, and proposes the most effective policies to prevent childhood abuse and neglect. CHILD USA draws on the combined expertise of the nation’s leading medical and legal academics to reach evidence-based solutions to persistent and widespread child abuse and neglect. All child victims deserve justice, and CHILD USA aims to find the path for them.
MEET OUR SISTER ORGANIZATION!
Kathryn Robb, Esq.
Kathryn Robb is a lawyer, legislative advocate, and law instructor who has been fighting to pass meaningful child sex abuse legislation for 14 years in multiple jurisdictions. As an outspoken survivor of child sexual abuse, Kathryn continues to use her voice to implement common-sense legislative change. A co-founder of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, a coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York. Kathryn worked closely with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, his staff and New York state legislators to finally pass the New York Child Victims Act, after a 12-year hard-fought battle the bill was signed into law on February 14, 2019. Kathryn is a lawyer by trade specializing in legislative advocacy, sexual abuse laws and SOL reform. Kathryn has spent over 25 years as a law instructor preparing law students for the bar exam in jurisdictions all over the country, she specializes in non-traditional learners and ESL populations. Kathryn is a board member and legislative advocate for the nonprofit Massachusetts Citizens for Children, and she was instrumental in the SOL change to MA General Laws in 2014. She is a member of the Massachusetts bar. Kathryn is also a certified trainer for the MassKids Enough Abuse campaign, training the trainer program.
Kathryn has been involved in local youth sports in her community and has coached basketball at the youth, middle school, high school, and AAU levels. Kathryn is a mother of five, lives with her wife and children in the Boston metro area. She received her Juris Doctor from New England Law| Boston and Master of Science (MS) focused in Clinical Counseling and Applied Psychology from the University of Hartford.