L.A. County’s Failure To Keep Incarcerated Youth Safe
Shortly after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in spring 2020, the Children’s Defense Fund-California petitioned the Supreme Court of California to immediately release youth in Los Angeles County juvenile halls and camps if they did not pose “an immediate, specific, articulable and substantiated risk of serious physical harm to another.”
Critical Report on 4-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death Remains Hidden from the Public
On August 30, the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection (OCP) submitted a potentially explosive report on the mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro to county attorneys. Despite being requested by the county’s powerful Board of Supervisors, the report has yet to be made public, leaving yawning questions unresolved as L.A.’s
Children’s Defense Fund – California Taps Former DOJ Staffer Gaskins as New ED
The Children’s Defense Fund – California announced last week that it has hired former Department of Justice staffer Shimica Gaskins as its executive director. Gaskins, who will start on June 5, is replacing Alex Johnson as head of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that operates as a state office for the national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman.