CHILD USA’S MISSION IS TO HELP KIDS STAY KIDS
At CHILD USA we investigate, impact, and inform the laws that should protect our children and their civil liberties to keep them safe from sexual abuse. Millions of children’s civil rights are violated every single day in the United States, and current statutes of limitations protect abusers. CHILD USA’s mission is to help kids stay kids. On this page, you will found the different areas CHILD USA is investigating to stop child sex abuse, including changing the statute of limitations. #SoKidsStayKids
STATUTE OF LIMITATION REFORM
A SOL is the time allotted for victims to seek justice from their perpetrators. Unfortunately, the vast majority if child sex abuse victims can not prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline or SOL to file their claims.
GAME OVER: COMMISSION TO PROTECT YOUNG ATHLETES
Leading Experts Conduct Independent Investigation of the USA Gymnastics – Larry Nassar Scandal to Ensure it Never Happens Again. Utilizing the combined expertise of leading national experts in child protection, this independent commission is investigating all aspects of the systems that enabled the abuse, examining how they failed, reaching conclusions, and issuing recommendations to prevent child sex abuse in the future.
Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA is submitting amicus briefs in important cases involving child protection. CHILD USA CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, has submitted dozens of amicus briefs related to child protection. The Amicus Advocacy Project enables CHILD USA to continue its groundbreaking work on behalf of lawyers and child advocates everywhere.
FAMILY COURT REFORM
Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes. Shortcomings in both the criminal and civil justice systems fail to protect victims of child sex abuse in the family context. Family court judges and custody evaluators are not trained on the facts of child sex abuse. The lack of education on child abuse and trauma associated with abuse in family court can have detrimental effects for the children including ongoing abuse, loss of a secure parental relationship, and at worst, death.
MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE
Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children. Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screening on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions. CHILD USA’s research into these religious exemptions laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children
CHILD USA will study the health effects of children who are subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This supposedly therapeutic approach has been uniformly rejected and discredited by every leading medical organization.
Child marriage has become an increasingly pertinent issue. That’s why we are researching child marriage throughout the United States and the world to understand how it can be prevented in the future. We aim to help politicians create legislation and policy to prevent all unlawful child marriages.
FAMILY COURT REFORM
Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes, and the legal system often fails to adequately protect a child from an abusive parent. CHILD USA is dedicated to reform of the family court system to ensure child protection.
MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE
Many states and the federal government have laws granting religious exemptions to medical testing and screening of children as well as vaccination. The result is the deaths and unnecessary illness of children. Building on the work of pioneer in the field, Rita Swan, Ph.D., CHILD USA fights to ensure that all children receive adequate medical care.
ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ATHLETES: THE GAME OVER COMMISSION
Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are a critically important frontier in the investigations into child sexual abuse and one of the least studied. CHILD USA is leading the way with its Game Over Commission and social science studies aimed at athletes.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM
There are two paths to justice for children who have been sexually abused: criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits. Historically, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims have been unable to prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims. CHILD USA leads the movement to end this injustice that also harms the public good by keeping victims from naming their predators and the institutions that enabled them.
Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA submits amicus briefs in important cases involving child abuse, neglect, and the family courts in courts across the country--both state and federal--including the United States Supreme Court. Those briefs are available here as is contact information for needed briefs.
CHILD USA is studying the health and welfare effects on those who have been subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “repaative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation. As with every other initiative, CHILD USA is pairing legal and social science research and analysis to determine what is in the best interest of children and the public good.
This approach has been uniformly rejected by every leading medical organization.
Child marriage happens more than you think. Girls are at risk of sex abuse in far too many cultures, including the United States. In 36, or 2/3, of the states, the age of marriage for minors with parental consent is 16, which is very young for marriage. In some states, though, the minimum is even younger with judicial and parental consent. CHILD USA is studying child marriage as part of its overall agenda to fight child sex abuse and girls’ challenges to fulfilling their potential.