Poetry Helps Young Angeleno Cope With Deportation of Family Member

Eleven-year-old Violeta Esquivel feels uncomfortable in President Donald Trump's America, especially after he announced the phasing out of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. A few months ago, she witnessed her stepfather get deported and is now turning to poetry to cope with the trauma and to spread messages of peace.

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.

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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