Friday press released identified that concerns about child human rights violations in child and family court circumstances is bringing members of multiple groups to Washington, DC on Wednesday October 02 to participate in a Congressional Briefing regarding same.
A Congressional Briefing is the introduction of a subject of concern by citizens to the US Government.
A Congressional Hearing is the introduction information of concern in an evidentiary process, typically involving questions violations of policy or law or insufficient coverage with policy and law. Either of these result in Congress calling for judicial response to identified concerns, changing policy and changing law.
Involved groups to date are: https://thesafechildcoalition.org. www.stopabuse.org, www.morthersoflostchildren.org, www.safekidsinternational.org and www.nscc.org ( which also has specific chapters in states).
The schedule for the series of events is as follows:
Monday, September 30th at Union Station at 7pm there will be a dinner of involved parties, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 01 there is a rally sponsored by Mothers of Lost Children that begins at the White House at 11am 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, progressing in a march of 1.5 miles to the US Capitol with a second rally scheduled there at 2pm.
Wednesday October 01 at 930am rally outside the building and at 1030am the group will progress inside Rayburn House Office Building located at 2226 Rayburn House for the one hour Congressional Briefing.
This Congressional Briefing will be led by the newly renamed The Safe Child Coalition, indicating that this group focuses only on issues and rights of children and families struggling in divorce circumstances.
Previously, the group had been known as the National Child Safety Coalition, begun in 2008, with a goal of unified policy and law regarding child safety and human rights in such cases.The group developed a Board of Directors and had steadied itself enough to increase visibility and progress significantly. Last year, someone from the community blended the child welfare system into this process, which may have diluted the question getting a response. Separating again from that process, while still respecting them allows for further clarification and advancement, such as this use of the Congressional Briefing, moving to a Congressional Hearing. The Safe Child Coalition can be followed now on https://thesafechildcoalition.org.
Some of what is to be presented at the Congressional Briefing are things like:
+ the documentary of No Way Out But One, the story of Holly Collins struggles with the American Judicial systems in her community, and asylum granted from an international court community.
+why divorce court addresses issues of parental abuse child abuse differently than the child protective services court.
+ that divorce court children handled in this way are not being given due process, are treated unequally to others and that this is a civil inequality that is unsafe for the child.
+ that court staff and experts have often been mistrained to mistrust reports of abuse
+that investigations and investigators either never investigate, or their skills are not best practices or they don't have access to resources to perform proper investigations or are blatantly blocked by the court from investigating.
+what responses can be in place to address persons who perpetuate false processes to reach negative decisions against non-abusive parents, particularly in the realm of non-investigations, psychological evaluations that are 'thrown" and court refusal to consider information.
The plan is to ask Congress to sponsor a Congressional Oversight Hearing that addresses
* civil violations of abused and allegedly abused children in divorce/civil courts
*address scant and absent protections of abused or allegedly abused children in divorce/civil courts
*call for Justice Department Hearings, change policies, change laws to better care for our children.
The public is invited to physically be present if possible.
Other actions from the public can include signing this petition on Change.org http://www.change.org/petitions/hold-congressional-oversight-hearings-on....
10,000 signatures are needed on that petition.
Share that link with others, such as post it on your FB.
You can copy the petition, and add live signatures, sending it to the national chapters of those sponsoring groups at the top of this article.
You can also copy this article with the feature at the top of the page, and send it to your local or US elected officials.
The "buckshot theory" is of course to do it all. Load up your resources and try to hit EVERYTHING possible. Go to DC, hit all the marches and meetings and such. Write your reps, share over dinner and make your local news or civic groups aware. 10,000 signatures are needed on that petition to make it FLY.
If this is your family story, contact the office of your US government elected officials and identify that you'd like to see the Congressional Hearing happen. If this is your story, write a one page history of your concerns, and forward it to the representatives office.
Vice President Joe Biden has noted that the US needs to have different processes to deal with abuse like domestic violence, and child abuse. These groups ask that cases be decided with different mindsets, and that it is not merely the person with the most dollars or loudest, fastest filing attorney.
The last two years have held the following processes leading up to this weeks actions.
ONE Interamerican Commission on Human Rights Report
ONE Senate Hearing
ONE Briefing Before the Justice Department
ONE Comprehensive report by the Department of Justice with the topic of Defending Childhood via addressing domestic violence systems and court systems short comings and same for child abuse.
Wednesday will be the Congressional Briefing, which will hopefully progress towards a Congressional Hearing. Be sure to ask your Representatives, Senators, community, faith and social issues leaders to speak up for children and families moving towards this goal.