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APSAC Leads Amicus Group Speaking Up for Children of DACA Recipients in Supreme Court

Kelli Hughes, J.D.
October 05, 2019
Category: Immigrant Children

Since its establishment by executive order in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children from deportation. The oldest DACA recipients are now in their 30s, and many have children - in fact, over 250,000 of them... More . . .

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APSAC Joins Hundreds of US Organizations in Endorsing Letter to Congress about Treatment of Children at US Border

Kelli Hughes, J.D.
September 06, 2019
Category: Immigrant Children

Forty-five national organizations and 157 statewide groups have endorsed a letter to Congress, expressing grave concern with the ongoing treatment of children at the United States border and urging Congress and the current Administration to immediately end these abusive acts toward children.


The letter, sent by More . . .

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Promoting Justice for Victims of Abusive Head Trauma - Information and Strategies for Effective Courtroom Presentation

Kelli Hughes, J.D.
May 17, 2019
Category: Abusive Head Trauma

Irresponsible expert witnesses have created and perpetuated a false controversy regarding the science underpinning the diagnosis of abusive head trauma. 


A product of the Abusive Head Trauma Expert Committee, this policy paper seeks to present attorneys and other child maltreatment professionals with information and strategies to... More . . .

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APSAC and Center for Child Policy's Joint Position Statement on Separating Children and Families at the US Border

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 20, 2018
Category: Immigrant Children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is an interdisciplinary organization of professionals working in the field of child maltreatment. APSAC is deeply concerned and profoundly dismayed at the maltreatment of immigrant children by the United States governme... More . . .

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Announcing the Release of Understanding Child Maltreatment 2016

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
May 04, 2018
Category: News

The annual release of federal child maltreatment reports provides an opportunity for advocates to highlight issues within the Child Protective Services systems, including the wide variations among states in definitions, policy and practice; the existence of millions of scree... More . . .

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New Resource - Comprehensive Digest of Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws of Australia and the United States

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
April 07, 2018
Category: Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws

A new resource from the Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws Committee, the Digest of Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws features a comprehensive collection of the most current reporting laws from every jurisdiction in both the United States and in Australia. 


Organized in two searchable PDF downloads, each volume includes a hyperlink... More . . .

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An Empirically-Based Approach for Prosecuting Juvenile Sex Crimes

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
February 23, 2018
Category: Juveniles on Sex Offender Registries

This article discusses Paul Stern's recent publication, "An Empirically-Based Approach for Prosecuting Juvenile Sex Crimes." This resource, created as part of the Child Abuse Prosecution Project, a program developed by the More . . .

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APSAC Files Brief on Admissibility of Sexual Abuse Accommodation (SAAS) Syndrome Testimony in New Jersey Supreme Court

Kelli Hughes, J.D.
October 04, 2017
Category: News

APSAC has filed an amicus brief in the New Jersey Supreme Court arguing that the state’s trial courts should admit testimony regarding sexual abuse accommodation syndrome (SAAS). The case, New Jersey v. J.L.G., arose in Hudson County. The defendant was criminally charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter over 18 months... More . . .

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WATCH: Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau's TEDMED Talk Discusses Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Before it Occurs

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
September 14, 2017
Category: Juveniles on Sex Offender Registries

What if we designed effective prevention programs for pedophiles before they acted out on their inappropriate desires? 


This is the topic that Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, one of the CCP Experts, discusses during her TEDMED talk about preventing child sexual abuse. By using a public health approach to addressing chi... More . . .

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APSAC Amicus Brief Supports Admissibility of Expert Testimony on Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
August 22, 2017
Category: News

In January 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard the case State of New Jersey v. J.L.G, in which the defendant was convicted for several sexual offenses against his step-granddaughter, who was between ten and twelve years old when the alleged offenses took place. The alleged victim failed to disclose the defendant's conduct to any adult. Inst... More . . .

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Serious Gaps Exist in Immunity Protection for Reporters of Child Abuse

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
August 16, 2017
Category: Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws

All states provide some form of immunity for people and professionals required to report suspected abuse of children, but sometimes the immunity provided by the law is not enough to protect the reporter from serious, potentially career-ending retaliation for fulfilling their duty to make a report. 


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Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Cites APSAC's Amicus Brief in Opinion Ruling Against Trump's Revised Travel Ban

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 13, 2017
Category: News

Article Authored By: Kelli Hughes, JD; Frank Vandervort, JD


On Monday, June 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appeals court to rule against President Trump’s revised travel ban and to affirm the injunction issued by the Federal District Court of Hawai’i in March. 


APSAC submitted a... More . . .

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Research Study on Differential Response to be Presented at 2017 APSAC Advanced Training Summit

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 05, 2017
Category: Differential Response

Kathryn Piper, JD, PhD, is set to present her research on Differential Response programs at the 2017 APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine. 


Dr. Piper's research study - Differential Response in Child Protection: How Much is Too Much? -... More . . .

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Attend an Intensive Workshop Discussing Opioids Use and Child Maltreatment at the 2017 APSAC Advanced Training Summit

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 05, 2017
Category: Opioid Use and Child Maltreatment

APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, is set to feature an intensive workshop on the critical issue of Opioid Use and Child Maltreatment.


Legal Substances That May Impair Parental Functioning: Prescrip... More . . .

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Sessions on Abusive Head Trauma at the 2017 APSAC Advanced Training Summit

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 05, 2017
Category: Abusive Head Trauma

APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, will feature several workshops on Abusive Head Trauma. The workshops will tackle areas of controversy and importance using the most up-to-date research on the subject.

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APSAC Advanced Training Summit to Address Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
June 05, 2017
Category: Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws

APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, will feature several workshops on Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws. The workshops will tackle some of the current problems with reporting law using the most up-to-date research on the subject.




2017 APSAC Advanced Training Summit - Workshops on Child M... More . . .
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About Our Analysis Process

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
May 23, 2017
Category: News

The general framework for the Center for Child Policy analysis process was informed by research on over 150 US and International policy organizations and think tanks.

 

This process was then adapted specifically considering the charac... More . . .

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APSAC's Advanced Training Summit Offers Opportunities to Improve Knowledge and Skills in Important Policy Topic Areas

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
May 23, 2017
Category: News

APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, will feature workshops on many of the topic areas that our Policy Analysis Committees will address. The expert presenters and the information they present will certainly inform our subsequent work on each topic.


Here is a listing of all the  wor... More . . .

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Differential Response Policy Analysis Committee Seeking Members - Lend Your Expertise

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
April 11, 2017
Category: Differential Response
Introducing - The APSAC Center for Child Policy

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is excited to announce the launch of the APSAC Center for Child Policy. The goal of the APSAC Center for Child Policy is to translate the best available research findings into useable resources for policy make... More . . .

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APSAC Center for Child Policy - Full List of Critical Issues

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD
April 06, 2017
Category: News

The first step in the analysis process - to identify, and then prioritize, critical practice and policy issues - is also the most important step. The goal is to uncover high priority, critical issues in the child maltreatment field that have are in need of being addressed. 


Issue identification and prioritization can happen a mult... More . . .

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