Current Projects

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SOL Reform

Statutes of Limitations (SOL) is the time allotted for victims to seek justice on 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—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims. 


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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.  

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Gay Conversion Therapy

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.


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CHILD USA, the University of Pennsylvania-based think tank focused on child abuse and neglect, with $300,000 in funding from the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD), today announced the establishment of an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. 

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Abuse & Neglect of Athletes

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. 


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.