TESTIMONY & MEMORANDA

CHILD USA provides lawmakers with the necessary tools and knowledge to create legislation that reflects children’s best interests. By staying at the forefront of emerging social science research and understanding the legal landscape, we empower lawmakers to make informed decisions prioritizing children’s safety.

CHILD USA actively engages with lawmakers through educational briefings, roundtable discussions, and by providing consultative services on child protection issues. We also offer oral and written testimony in state legislatures across the country. Our goal is to bridge the gap between academia, science, and legislation, ensuring that lawmakers have access to evidence-based information that informs their decision-making process.

Once a bill has been crafted, our sister organization, CHILD USAdvocacy, takes the lead by leveraging CHILD USA’s research to lobby for support for these crucial pieces of legislation. CHILD USAdvocacy works to build coalitions, engage community stakeholders, and collaborate with other child advocacy organizations to create a unified voice that advocates for laws that protect children and provide justice to victims.

At CHILD USA, we understand that enacting meaningful reform is not a quick or linear journey. Shifting long-held policies and perspectives takes time, patience, and persistence. Through our years of dedicated effort and collaboration with local stakeholders, CHILD USA has built a reputation that can help propel the reform process forward.

2024

February 22, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: HB 1618 |  SOL Reform

February 20, 2024  | Indiana  |  Testimony re: HB 1047 |  SOL Reform

February 20, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: SB 5937 |  SOL Reform

February 20, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: SB 6006 |  SOL Reform

February 15, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: SB 6006 |  SOL Reform

February 5, 2024  | Colorado  |  Testimony re: SCR 001 |  SOL Reform

February 5, 2024  | Missouri  |  Testimony re: HB 1617 |  SOL Reform

February 5, 2024  | New York  |  Testimony re: SB 349 |  SOL Reform

January 30, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: HB 1455 |  Child Marriage

January 29, 2024  | Florida  |  Testimony re: SB 472 |  SOL Reform

January 15, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: SB 6006  |  SOL Reform

January 15, 2024  | Washington  |  Testimony re: SB 5937 |  SOL Reform

2023

December 4, 2023  | Ohio  |  Testimony re: HB 322  |  SOL Reform

October 31, 2023  | Michigan  |  Testimony re: HB 4482-4487  |  SOL Reform

October 18, 2023  | Federal| Testimony re: Congressional Hearing on SafeSport|  Athlete Abuse

September 8, 2023  | Massachusetts|  Testimony re: S1038 & S1614   |  SOL Reform

September 8, 2023  | Massachusetts|  Testimony re: H1536 & H1613   |  Title IX/SOL Reform

June 20, 2023  | Ohio  |  Testimony re: HB 35  |  SOL Reform

June 6, 2023  | Michigan|  Testimony re: HB 4482, 4483, 4484, 4485, 4486 & 4487  |  SOL Reform

May 17, 2023  | California|  Testimony re: SB404| Child Marriage

May 17, 2023  | California|  Testimony re: AB452|  SOL Reform

May 17, 2023  | California|  Testimony re: AB1547|  CSA

May 16, 2023  | Oregon|  Testimony re: SB 1052|  SOL Reform

May 10, 2023  | Oregon|  Testimony re: SB 1052|  SOL Reform

May 10, 2023  | Maine|  Testimony re: SB 715|  SOL Reform

May 9, 2023  | Alabama|  Testimony re: SB127  |  SOL Reform

April 10, 2023 | California | Testimony re: AB 1547 | SOL Reform

April 4, 2023  | California | Testimony re: SB 558 | SOL Reform

March 29, 2023  | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1618 | SOL Reform

March 29, 2023 | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1028 | SOL Reform

March 29, 2023 | Pennsylvania | Testimony re: HB 1/ SB 1 | SOL Reform

March 28, 2023  | Florida | Testimony re: HB 521 | SOL Reform

March 24, 2023  | Iowa | Testimony re: SF 525  | SOL Reform

March 22, 2023  | Kansas | Testimony re: SB 317  | SOL Reform

March 20, 2023  | Montana | Testimony re: SB 277  | SOL Reform

March 20, 2023  | North Dakota | Testimony re: SB 2282  | SOL Reform

March 17, 2023  | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1618  | SOL Reform

March 16, 2023  | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 5911 & H 5770  | SOL Reform

March 13, 2023  | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 5510  | SOL Reform

March 13, 2023  | Tennessee | Testimony re: HB 570  | SOL Reform

March 10, 2023  | Oregon | Testimony re: HB 3345  | SOL Reform

March 10, 2023  | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1028  | SOL Reform

March 2, 2023  | Maryland | Testimony re: HB 1  | SOL Reform

March 2, 2023  | Illinois | Testimony re: HB 1252  | Child Marriage

February 27, 2023 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB582 | SOL Reform

February 24, 2023 | Montana | Testimony re: SB 277 | SOL Reform

February 23, 2023  | Nebraska | Testimony re: LB 341  | SOL Reform

February 23, 2023  | Maryland | Testimony re: SB 686  | SOL Reform

February 21, 2023  | Arkansas | Testimony re: SB 204  | SOL Reform

February 16, 2023  | Nebraska | Testimony re: LB 174 | SOL Reform

February 14, 2023  | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1618  | SOL Reform

February 13, 2023  | Missouri | Testimony re: HB 367  | SOL Reform

February 8, 2023  | Arkansas | Testimony re: SB 204  | SOL Reform

February 6, 2023 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 582 | SOL Reform

February 6, 2023 | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1455 | Child Marriage

February 3, 2023 | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1618 | SOL Reform

January 30, 2023 | North Dakota | Testimony re: SB 2282 | SOL Reform

January 20, 2023 | Pennsylvania | Testimony re: SB 1 | SOL Reform

January 9, 2023 | Washington | Testimony re: HB 1028 | SOL Reform

2022

November 29, 2022 | Michigan | Testimony re: SBs 1114-1123 | Child Marriage Reform

May 31, 2022 | California | Letter in Support of AB 2274  Mandatory Reporting Reform

May 31, 2022 | New York | Comments on Draft Substantial Equivalency Regulations  Educational Neglect Reform

May 2, 2022 | Alaska | Testimony re: HB 62 Child Marriage Reform

May 2, 2022 | Missouri | Testimony re: HB 2032 Child Sex Trafficking Reform

April 28, 2022 | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 8132, 8151  Child Sex Abuse Reform

April 12, 2022 | Tennessee | Testimony re: HB 233  Child Marriage Reform

April 6, 2022 | New Hampshire | Testimony re: HB 1677  SOL Reform

March 26, 2022 | Missouri | Letter in Support of SB 837  SOL Reform

March 22, 2022 | California | Letter in Support of AB 2274  Mandatory Reporting Reform

March 21, 2022 | Maryland | Testimony re: SB 29  Child Marriage Reform

March 21, 2022 | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 7409  SOL Reform

March 4, 2022 | Alaska | Testimony re: SB 189  | Child Sex Trafficking Reform

February 22, 2022 | Florida | Testimony re: HB 913  SOL Reform

February 22, 2022 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 2208  SOL Reform

February 16, 2022 | Kentucky | Testimony re: SB 153  SOL Reform

February 10, 2022 | Federal | Letter in support: H.R. 4445/S. 2342 | Forced Arbitration Reform

February 10, 2022 | New Hampshire | Testimony re: HB 1677  | Child Sex Abuse Reform

February 10, 2022 | Federal | Letter in support: S. 3103 | SOL Reform

February 10, 2022 | Federal | Letter in support: EARN IT Act | Child Sexual Abuse Reform

February 8, 2022 | Federal | Testimony re: Abusing Chapter 11  | Bankruptcy Reform

February 2, 2022 | Utah | Testimony re: HJR 4 SOL Reform

January 31, 2022 | Virginia | Testimony re: SB 483 SOL Reform

January 25, 2022 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S.368  | Child Sex Abuse Reform

January 20, 2022 | Nebraska | Testimony re: LB 833  | SOL Reform

January 20, 2022 | New Hampshire | Testimony re: HB 1677  | Child Sex Abuse Reform

January 18, 2022 | California | Testimony re: SB 435| Online Child Sex Abuse Reform

January 5, 2022 | California | Testimony re: SB 435  | Online Child Sex Abuse Reform

 

2021

December 13, 2021 | Federal | Letters re: END Child Exploitation Act  | Online Child Sex Abuse Reform

December 7, 2021 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S.2543  | Child Sex Doll Reform

December 7, 2021 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S.1087 & S.1088  | SOL Reform

December 7, 2021 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S.1091 & S.1092  | Hiring Practice Reform 

December 1, 2021 | Federal | Testimony re: The Child RESCUE Act  | Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Reform

November 15, 2021 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S 937/ H 1709  | Child Marriage Reform

October 27, 2021 | Federal | Letter re: the Nondebtor Release Prohibition Act | Bankruptcy Reform

October 26, 2021 | Federal | Letter re: the FAIR Act | Forced Arbitration Reform

October 19, 2021 | Illinois | Testimony re: HB 1975 | Educational Safety Reform

October 7, 2021 | New York | Testimony re: S 6423 | Educational Neglect Reform

September 28, 2021 | Michigan | Testimony re: HB 4306 and HB 4307 | SOL Reform

September 15, 2021 | Testimony re: Senate Committee on the Judiciary Oversight Hearing on the FBI’s Dereliction of Duty on the Nassar Case | Athlete Abuse

September 14, 2021 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S1094 | SOL Reform

August 24, 2021 | Federal | Letter re: Chapter 11 | Bankruptcy Reform 

July 29, 2021 | Washington DC | DC Window Held up as constitutional

July 28, 2021 | Congressional Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law | Statement by Olympian Terin Humphrey | Bankruptcy

July 28, 2021 | Congressional Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law | Testimony re: Federal Bankruptcy Reform to Protect Victims of Child Sex Abuse | Bankruptcy

June 11, 2021 | Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights | Testimony re: Title IX Public Hearing | Title IX

June 1, 2021 | Colorado | Testimony re: SB 88 | SOL Reform

May 25, 2021 | Colorado | Testimony re: SB 88 | SOL Reform

May 25, 2021 | Louisiana | Testimony re: HB 492 | SOL Reform

May 19, 2021 | Colorado| Testimony re: HB 1228 | Family Court Reform

May 13, 2021 | New York | Memo in Support of the Adult Survivors Act | SOL Reform 

May 12, 2021 | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 5387 | Child Marriage

May 10, 2021 | Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce to End Sexual Violence | Testimony re: SOL Reform and Access to Justice for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

May 3, 2021 |Louisiana| Testimony re: HB 492 | SOL Reform

April 28, 2021 |South Carolina| Testimony re: S0591 | Child Marriage

April 28, 2021 | Nevada | Testimony re: SB 203 | SOL Reform

April 14, 2021 | Arkansas | Testimony re: SB 676 | SOL Reform

April 14, 2021 | Tennessee | Testimony re: HB 1302 | SOL Reform

April 7, 2021 | Nevada | Testimony re: AB 113 | Child Sex Trafficking Reform

April 6, 2021 | Colorado| Testimony re: HB 1228| Family Court Reform

April 6, 2021 | Tennessee | Testimony re: HB 1302 | SOL Reform

April 6, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 570 | SOL Reform

March 30, 2021 | Indiana | Testimony re: SB 197 | SOL Reform

March 24, 2021 | Rhode Island | Testimony re: H 5725 | SOL Reform

March 23, 2021 | Nevada | Testimony re: SB 203 | SOL Reform

March 15, 2021 | Maine | Testimony re: LD 688 | SOL Reform

March 15, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 887 |Child Sex Trafficking Reform

March 15, 2021 | Texas| Testimony re: HB 1590 | Child Marriage 

March 11, 2021 | Maine| Testimony re: LD622 | Child Marriage 

March 11, 2021 | New York| Testimony re: A3891 | Child Marriage 

March 9, 2021 | Colorado | Testimony re: SB 88 | SOL Reform

March 5, 2021 | New York| Testimony re: S3086 | Child Marriage

March 4, 2021 | Maryland| Testimony re: HB1036| Family Court Reform

March 2, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 570 | SOL Reform

February 25, 2021 | Connecticut | Testimony re: SB 1060 | Family Court Reform

February 24, 2021 | Colorado | Testimony re: SB 73 | SOL Reform

February 22, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 568 | SOL Reform

February 22, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: SB 48 | Child Sex Trafficking Reform

February 22, 2021 | Rhode Island| Testimony re: H5387 | Child Marriage

February 20, 2021 | South Dakota | Testimony re: HB 1178 and HB 1181 | SOL Reform

February 14, 2021 | Georgia | Testimony re: HB 109 | SOL Reform

February 12, 2021 | New Mexico | Testimony re: HB 56 | SOL Reform

February 12, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: SB 279 | Child Marriage Reform

February 11, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: SB 1041 | SOL Reform

February 10, 2021 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HB 570 | SOL Reform

January 30, 2021 | North Dakota | Testimony re: HB 1382 | SOL Reform

January 30, 2021 | North Dakota| Testimony re: HB 1384 | SOL Reform

2020

October 28, 2020 | Massachusetts | Testimony re: S 2815 | SOL Reform

September 22, 2020 | Pennsylvania | Testimony re: SB 868 Kayden’s Law | Family Court Reform

February 24, 2020 | South Dakota | Testimony re: SD HB 1196 | SOL Reform

February 20, 2020 | New Hampshire | Testimony re: NH SB 508 | SOL Reform

February 11, 2020 | Kansas | Testimony re: KA HB 2306 | SOL Reform

January 29, 2020 | Hawaii | Testimony re: HI SB 2316 & SB 2109 | SOL Reform

 

2019

September 25, 2019 | Pennsylvania | Testimony re: PA SB 540 | SOL Reform (Video)

September 10, 2020 | Ohio | Testimony re: OH HB 249 | SOL Reform

April 23, 2019 | Vermont | Testimony re: VT H. 330 | SOL Reform

April 1, 2019 | Connecticut | Testimony re: CT SB 3 | SOL Reform

March 21, 2019 | Rhode Island | Testimony re: RI SB 315 | SOL Reform

March 2019 | New Jersey | Testimony re: New Jersey S. 477 | SOL Reform

March 2019 | California | Testimony re: California | SOL Reform

March 2019 | Maryland | Testimony re: Maryland HB 687 |SOL Reform

January 2019 | Rhode Island Testimony re: Rhode Island HB5171 | SOL Reform

January 28, 2019 | New York Remarks by Prof. Hamilton  Passage of New York Child Victims Act | SOL Reform

January 25, 2019 | New York | Memo re: New York’s Child Victims Act | SOL Reform

 

 

2018

July 20, 2018 | Chile Testimony re: Statute of Limitations Reform for Child Sex Abuse Victims 

April 9, 2018 | Michigan | Testimony re: Extending SOLs | SOL Reform

February 26, 2018 | Georgia | Testimony re: Hidden Predator Act | SOL Reform

 

2017

February 7, 2017 | Hawaii | Testimony re: H.B. 415 | SOL Reform

January 23, 2017 | Washington Testimony by Rita Swan | Medical Neglect

 

 

2016

June 13, 2016 | Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania – HB 1947 | SOL Reform

 

 

2015

February 2, 2015 | Georgia | The Hidden Predator Act, H.B. 1 | SOL Reform

 

 

2014

March 18, 2014 | Hawaii | Testimony re: H.B. 2034 | SOL Reform

February 4, 2014 | Iowa | Testimony in favor of Iowa SB 3112 (SF 2109) | SOL Reform

 

 

2013

March 8, 2013 | New York 2013 NY Child Victims Act #A1771 | SOL Reform

March 6, 2013 | Minnesota | Minnesota Senate Bill 534 and House Bill 681 | SOL Reform

 

 

2012

February 6, 2012 | South DakotaTestimony Before South Dakota House Judiciary Committee | SOL Reform

February 2, 2012 | New York Testimony Before the New York City Council on Education | Religious Freedom

 

 

2011

December 5, 2011 | Pennsylvania Testimony Before the Pennsylvania Assembly on Children/Youth | SOL Reform

April 29, 2011 | New York | Testimony before the New York Assembly Committee on Codes | SOL Reform

 

 

2010

March 15, 2010 | Connecticut | Marci Hamilton’s Testimony on Connecticut Raised Bill No. 5473 |Damages

March 4, 2010 | Arizona Testimony before Arizona Senate, SB-1292 | SOL Reform

February 7, 2010 | Guam | Guam Senate Committee on Economic Development | SOL Reform

1998

June 23, 1998 | Federal | Marci Hamilton’s Testimony on Judiciary S. 1248, The Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1998