Season 2, Episode 10


What does the Dobbs decision mean for our kids? How does the CDC support our fight for the civil rights of children?

In this episode, Prof. Marci Hamilton is joined by CHILD USA Social Science Director AJ Ortiz and Research and Development Intern Sarah Bousquet to discuss the impact that the Dobbs decision will have on reproductive rights for children affected by teen pregnancy and abortion bans following the Supreme Court’s overruling Roe v. Wade.

Season 2, Episode 9

Jillian Ruck and AJ Ortiz on children’s safety in schools

In this episode, Prof. Marci Hamilton is joined by CHILD USA Executive Director Jillian Ruck and Social Science Director AJ Ortiz to discuss children’s safety in schools in light of the tragic events in Uvalde.

Jillian and AJ discuss the mental health crisis among teenagers, the growing political polarization of children’s safety, and steps we can take for children’s voices to be heard.

Season 2, Episode 8

Mike Rinder on his work as a CHILD USA Board member, escaping scientology, and much more!

In this episode, Prof. Marci Hamilton is joined by Mike Rinder, an Emmy Award winning co-host of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, member of CHILD USA’s Board of Directors, and advocate for those who need a voice.

Season 2, Episode 7

Karim Sharif on his position as CHILD USA’s Social Work Intern, his passion for social justice, and much more!

Karim Sharif is a current student finishing a master’s in social work and a master’s in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s been interning with CHILD USA, merging his passion for social justice with CHILD USA’s mission to prevent child sex abuse and neglect.

Season 2, Episode 6

Kathryn Robb and Tom Krumins on how a survivor’s path to justice can be impeded by institutional barriers

CHILD USAdvocacy Executive Director Kathryn Robb and Eagle Scout and advocate for survivors of CSA join Prof. Marci Hamilton to share about their backgrounds and how survivors often come across instiutional barriers that impede their path to justice.

Season 2, Episode 5

Alice Bohn and AJ Ortiz discuss the Game Over Commission’s findings and recommendations

CHILD USA Legal Director Alice Bohn and Social Science Researcher AJ Ortiz join Prof. Marci Hamilton to discuss the Game Over Commission’s findings and recommendations, and how these learnings can be implemented across all sports to improve athlete safety.

Season 2, Episode 4

Dr. Paul Offit on COVID in early 2022, vaccinations, and the pandemic’s impact on children

Dr. Paul Offit is the Director of Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology. He joins Prof. Marci Hamilton to discuss the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2022, what the science says about the vaccines, the pandemic’s impact on children, and much more.

Season 2, Episode 3

Shay, and Melissa and Jerry Schuman share their stories as survivors.

CHILD USA Founder/CEO Prof. Marci Hamilton is joined by Shay, and Melissa and Jerry Schuman as they discuss how they draw strength from each other and stand up against their former abuser, Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys.

Season 2, Episode 2

Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly‘s conviction

CHILD USA Founder/CEO Marci Hamilton is joined by music critic and professor Jim DeRogatis to discuss his history covering the very public R. Kelly abuse scandal, Kelly’s conviction, and the response of the music industry toward its troubling star.

Season 2, Episode 1

Stephen Rubino on his book ”Act of Faith”

CHILD USA Founder/CEO Marci Hamilton is joined by Stephen Rubino, Esq. to discuss his captivating book Act of Faith. They discuss how Steve became involved with the issue of clergy sex abuse and how Steve’s brilliant storytelling allows new audiences to join the conversation.

Season 1, Episode 8

PA State Rep. Jim Gregory on a Window to Justice

Marci Hamilton, Kathryn Robb, and Pennsylvania State Representative Jim Gregory (R-80) discuss the current state of child sex abuse statute of limitations (SOL) reform in Pennsylvania.

Season 1, Episode 7

Paul Offit, MD on Coronavirus Vaccinations

Is the COVID vaccine safe for children?  Will there be enough doses in the U.S.?  CHILD USA Founder and CEO Marci A. Hamilton asks vaccination expert Paul A. Offit, MD the questions we’ve all been wondering about COVID vaccines.

Season 1, Episode 6

Jon Hatami & Brian Knappenberger

CHILD USA CEO, Founder, and Academic Director Marci Hamilton discusses the child abuse of Gabriel Fernandez with Jon Hatami and Brian Knappenberger.

Jon Hatami is a member of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s. Office whose work on the case People v. Isauro Aguirre was highlighted by the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.  Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the film and brought awareness to this abhorrent case of child abuse and neglect.

Season 1, Episode 5

Justin Conway & Jennifer Niven

Discussing child abuse and the mental health of children with Justin Conway and best-selling author Jennifer Niven.

Season 1, Episode 4

Jim DeRogatis and Mary Mitchell discuss R.Kelly

Marci discusses R.Kelly’s heinous child sex abuse with the journalists who broke the story and what authorities could have done differently to stop it.

Season 1, Episode 3

Paul Offit, MD on COVID’s Impact on Children

Paul A. Offit, MD, and CHILD USA’s founder and CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton,  discuss the current state of the pandemic and how we can better protect children during this time.

Paul A. Offit, MD, is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s  Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the  University of Pennsylvania.

Season 1, Episode 2

Heading Back to School During COVID

CEO of CHILD USA, Professor Marci Hamilton, and Dr. Christine Dunleavy discusses the issues children , school administrators, and parents face while heading “back to school” this fall.

Dr. Dunleavy is the Mental Health Specialists at the Tedyffrin/Easttown. school district in Pennsylvania.

Season 1, Episode 1

Child Abuse in the Hip Hop Community

CHILD USA founder and CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, discusses the prevalence of child sex abuse in the hip-hop community with Leila Wills. Topics include: R.Kelly, why we haven’t seen fewer lawsuits but also fewer victims coming forward in the movement and the reasons behind that phenomena, discussions on how we make the movement  for  justice for child sex abuse victims more inclusive, and curbing child abuse in the music industry. 

Leila is a journalist and producer based in Chicago.  She’s very active on a variety of social issues and is currently producing a film about child  sexual abuse in hip hop culture called “Trapped in a Culture.”