Tag Archives: CINA

Child Advocacy: Mikulski, colleagues call for human-trafficking crackdown

Those on both panels discussed the need for a two-pronged approach to eliminate sex trafficking – pimps and johns need to face harsher punishments for selling and buying minors, while children who have been trafficked need to be treated as victims of a crime rather than criminals. “They are not child prostitutes, there is no such thing as a child prostitute,” said Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Human Rights Project for Girls.

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Human trafficking: Danger grows in our own backyard

Victims of human trafficking are often thrust into this criminal activity by deception or blackmail, with the perpetrators targeting vulnerable populations — generally females between the ages of 14-21, often with backgrounds that include early childhood trauma, a history of being sexually assaulted, witnessing community violence or parental neglect.

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Fuel for the presumptive-fatherhood fire

What distinguishes this case is the presumptive father's relationship to the mother -- or rather, their extreme lack of relationship. They have not even seen each other in a decade, during which the mother had four more children -- all presumed to be her estranged husband's.

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In Re: Sunshyne E. and Noah I. (access required)

Given the mother’s history of abusing daughter, daughter’s reaction to testifying against mother and mother’s lengthy involvement with DSS, the circuit court acted well within its discretion when it responded to daughter’s anxiety about resuming overnight visits by suspending those visits, while otherwise continuing unsupervised visits and the permanency plan of reunification.

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IN RE: KATERINE L. AND ALEX F.

In a CINA proceeding involving children born during their mother’s decade-long estrangement from her husband, the court’s order denying husband’s motion for genetic testing to disestablish paternity was not appealable as a final judgment.

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In Re: Sean K. (access required)

CINA: medical records: in camera interview CSA No. 1893 Sept. Term 2013. Unreported. Opinion by Eyler, Deborah S., J. Filed: May 9, 2014 Appeal from Baltimore City. Affirmed.

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In re: Alicia D. (access required)

CINA: Change in permanency plan: Likelihood of further neglect or abuse CSA No. 2279, Sept. Term 2012. Opinion by Zarnoch, J. Filed Aug. 7, 2013. Unreported. Appeal from Prince George’s County. Affirmed.

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