LA County Puts Thousands of Kids on ‘Voluntary’ Probation for Merely Struggling With School

Marbella Munoz was a foster child for most of her life. As is true for many foster children bounced through multiple placements, she was frequently forced to change schools.
Munoz’ story comes from a new report that examines and analyzes a controversial youth crime prevention strategy run by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the nation’s largest juvenile probation system.

How LA County Began to Face Its Big Problem With Youth Being Sex-Trafficked

Michelle Guymon is a hero in the world of child sex trafficking prevention.
Seven years ago, she had no idea Los Angeles County had a child sex trafficking problem
Now Guymon is director of the Child Trafficking Unit for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is part of the group that aims to make LA’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking a model for the nation.

Mothers Whose Children Have Been Arrested, Killed by Police Meet to Organize

The mother never wanted to talk in public about what happened to her son.

For 24 years — since her then-17-year-old son Ronald was pulled off a bus in Washington, D.C., charged and eventually convicted of murder — Donna Heyward always avoided recounting the pain of losing her oldest child to the criminal justice system.

In-Person Visits, New Underwear, More Counseling: Key Changes Sought in California Juvenile Detention

Should youth incarcerated in California juvenile halls and camps be entitled to new underwear? Should family and friends be assured that their visits to youth in detention facilities be in person rather than through video screens? Should these youth be guaranteed more time outdoors for exercise and fresh air . . .

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Fear of Deportation Leads to Rise in Mental Health Symptoms Among Youth

For 17-year-old Alejandro, dealing with anxiety has been a normal part of teenage life . . .

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Teen Girls’ Photos Raise Awareness of Health Disparities

“Where you live, where you go to school, the amenities in your community, all those things matter to community health.” Beatriz Solis, southern region director of the California Endowment's Healthy Communities initiative. Julianna Aguirre, 16, said she realized she could be part of that change when she joined Las Fotos Project last fall.