Ambassadors

 

CHILD USA's Ambassadors are a volunteer corps of individuals delivering a message of empowerment for child victims through legal and policy reform.  The Ambassadors help promote CHILD USA's mission to end child abuse and neglect through facts and analysis and research.


Corey Feldman, National Ambassador

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Corey Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and hasn't stopped working since.  Corey has been a mainstay in the industry, Corey has now appeared in over 100 films.  In 1979, he landed his first leading role in The Bad News Bears, and made his big screen debut in Time After Time.  Since then, Corey has gained recognition for his work as the voice of Young Copper in Disney's The Fox and the Hound, and as Tommy Jarvis in the the Friday the 13th franchise.  This led to Corey's appearance in a series of Blockbuster hits, including, Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys-- for which he received a Young Artist Award.   

Other notable roles include the voice of Donatello in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and appearances in The 'Burbs and Maverick. He has become a full time producer, producing sequels to The Lost Boys for Warner Bros, as well as a cannon of other films and TV shows such as A&E’s The Two Coreys, and more recently, he served as executive producer for the Lifetime Network’s A tale of 2 Coreys.  Corey both produced and starred in his newest feature film, Corbin Nash.  Corey has spent time touring with his band, Corey and the Angels, completing eighty shows in a mostly sold out US tour, and he recently had his first Top 40 Billboard hit single off his latest solo album.   

In addition to his impressive background in entertainment, Corey is also a NY Times best-selling author for his 2013 autobiography Coreyography.  His current project is to turn the bestseller into a Major Motion picture, which will detail and expose the trials and tribulations of growing up as a child in an industry riddled with pedophilia.  Corey also owns and operates Coreys Angels, through which he has been able to help many newcomers achieve success without having to fall prey to the pitfalls of today’s Hollywood.  Corey launched a Truth Campaign to expose pedophilia in Hollywood.  He joins CHILD USA as the National Ambassador and will be helping to bring awareness to the campaign for statute of limitation reform for victims of child sexual abuse.  

For more information about Corey's partnership with CHILD USA, click here.


Justin Conway, Ambassador

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Justin Conway is a brave survivor who refused to let the legal system fail him and countless other survivors.  He has always been a fierce competitor.  As a taekwondo athlete he was a Junior Olympic gold medalist and fought at tournaments around the world.  Like many Olympic athletes in the news, despite his early successes, he held a dark secret.  After graduating from Villanova University and beginning a career in conservation, his life began to fall apart.  His battle with depression and alcohol almost cost him his life. 

Through determination and what he refers to as Grace, he slowly began to turn his life around.  He was the first of many men who came forward to authorities and named the karate instructor who sexually abused him as a child.  Although the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found the allegations credible, the District Attorney was unable to prosecute because of the statute of limitations.  Refusing to give up, Justin worked tirelessly with legislators to successfully pass Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act, which unlocked courthouse doors to survivors. 

When asked about coming forward and the challenges he’s faced, he states:  “Silence cost me everything, ultimately, I was on the brink of losing my sobriety and contemplating suicide, but I realized if no one stands up, nothing will ever change.  I was faced with the opportunity to be the adult I needed as a child.  Coming forward publicly was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I couldn’t look another parent in the eye and know that I hadn’t done enough to help protect their child.”  Justin’s work to pass meaningful legislative reform that protects children has paved the way for survivors around the country.  “The best way I can deal with what happened to me as a child is to be best father I can to my children, succeed personally and professionally, and lend my voice to protect children, that to me, is victory. We must refuse to remain silent.” Justin serves as an Ambassador for CHILD USA and will be continuing his important work bringing awareness to the campaign for statute of limitation reform.  


Danielle Pollack, Ambassador

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Danielle Pollack has been a life-long advocate for women and children. After earning a Masters Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pollack began policy work in Europe with the chief negotiator of the Oslo Peace Accords.  She worked closely with UN agencies, the World Bank, a coalition of 30 mayors from every continent, and many civil society organizations.  Pollack managed think tank research and oversaw several pilot projects to reform development protocols. She also taught at a university in Rome, Italy.

After nearly a decade in Europe, Pollack returned to the U.S. where she has been an active advocate on Family Court reforms and child sexual assault issues.  Pollack supported the effort for legislative reform on Statute of Limitations law regarding child sex abuse survivors in New York. She brought together diverse constituency groups to create and implement strategies to remove sex offender housing positioned less than one mile from playgrounds and schools in residential New York City neighborhoods. 

Her advocacy work continues in Pennsylvania where she is on the Board of Directors of the non-partisan Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC).  In 2017-18 she chaired the committee to create an agenda for women’s health in Bucks County, as part of the statewide Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. She serves as the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist with BCWAC. 

As Ambassador for Families in Crisis for CHILD USA, Pollack is developing a comprehensive program using evidence-based legal, medical, and social science research to reform Family Court standards for responding to child abuse, especially child sexual abuse. 

Pollack strongly values working closely with policymakers and civil society partners to create systemic changes which safeguard rights for women and children.