At CHILD USA we investigate, impact, and inform the laws in America that should protect our children and their civil liberties to keep them safe from abuse.  Millions of children's civil rights are violated every single day in the United States, and the child abuse statute of limitations protects those abusers. CHILD USA’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to help kids stay kids. #SoKidsStayKids

 
 

Current Initiatives

 

A Statute of Limitations (SOL) is the time allotted for victims to seek justice from their perpetrators. Unfortunately, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims can not prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline or SOL to file their claims.

CHILD USA will study the health effects of children who are subjected to so-called “gay conversion therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation. This supposedly therapeutic approach has been uniformly rejected and discredited by every leading medical organization.

The pattern of successful coaches with power over aspiring athletes repeats itself time and again in all levels of sport. Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, sports present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports, at all levels, are the latest frontier in the war against child sex abuse and the least studied.

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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 screenings on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions. CHILD USA's research into these religious exemption laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children.


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 to continue its groundbreaking work on behalf of lawyers and child advocates everywhere.

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.

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.

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.



 

Laws for Child Protection

  • Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitation Reform

  • Age of Majority, Consent, and Marriage

  • Religious Liberty Statutes

  • Medical Neglect Laws

 
 
 

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Open the Window for Justice Campaign

CHILD USA is raising funds to pay for a media campaign that will educate the public on what child sex abuse survivors need, in the wake of the PA Grand Jury Report jury that exposed child abuse in six dioceses. It will feature survivors who testified to the grand jury and the lawmaker and survivor who has been leading the charge for justice in the state of Pennsylvania, Rep. Mark Rozzi

The media campaign will show that the prayers of the clergy and bishops are not enough to stop child abuse in America. Instead, all victims of child sex abuse deserve real justice: a “window” that will revive the victims’ expired civil statutes of limitations (SOLs). This will give all victims an opportunity to come forward while the child sex abuse statute of limitations is suspended. 

Despite the hundreds of abusers identified in the report—no victim can obtain justice in civil court. Victims need a window to shift the cost of abuse off of themselves and onto those who caused it. It’s only fair. The time has come for victims of child sex abuse to receive justice, even if the child sex abuse statute of limitations have expired.

Join CHILD USA as we push the envelope for justice.

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