January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, first proclaimed by President Barack Obama several years ago as a time for governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and individuals to renew their commitments to ending human trafficking in every form.
CHICAGO — “Childhood was invented here,” reads a quotation stenciled on a wall inside Hull House, the Chicago settlement house that is now the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
Opened in 1889, Hull House was part of a sweeping national movement that addressed the ills of industrialization: crowded slums, impoverished immigrants, exploitation of factory workers and a wide gap between the rich and poor.
Settlement houses were opened in poor areas of New York, Chicago, Boston and other major cities.
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Many of the kids in juvenile detention with substance abuse disorders get poor or no treatment, according to Reclaiming Futures, a nonprofit that helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol and crime.
It’s now experimenting with a public health approach to the situation.
With a $2 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, it is setting up a three-year pilot program using SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.)
NEW YORK — Every Tuesday afternoon, a school cafeteria in Brooklyn becomes a professional kitchen staffed by third- and fourth-graders. With the help of a new after-school program, these young chefs learn how to slice, dice and chop like pros as they make healthy meals to share together.