CDC AWARDED CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS OF $1.5 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
After the initial allocation of $1 million in fiscal year 2020, Congress increased the investment by 50 percent, to $1.5 million in the final fiscal year 2021 spending package, which was signed into law in late December 2020. This increase in funding was the culmination of a year of hard work—which included navigating the new virtual advocacy environment—and collaboration with stakeholders both on and off Capitol Hill.
- The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual congratulates the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Injury and Violence Prevention for the appropriation of $1 million in new Congressional funding for the for child sexual assault prevention research. “We are grateful to our Congressional champions who have recognized the importance of this issue and worked to secure the funding in the final bill,” says Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, director of the Moore Center and a professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health. “This is a remarkable win for our field and for the children we aim to protect. The appropriations measure, which passed the House and Senate on December 18 and was signed into law late December 20, provides funding to support more proactive approaches and research for the development, evaluation, and dissemination of effective practice and policy. FY 2019 CDC REPORT TO CONGRESS ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
- In April, Maryland Code, Education §6-113.2 (House Bill 486 – Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention) passed. The Center helped draft and review portions of the bill and met with the State Department of Education on implementing changes to school buildings to improve safety and reduce sexual abuse.
- Dr. Letourneau served as a subject matter expert for a case with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and provided an amicus brief. The brief challenges the constitutionality of juvenile sex offender registration because there is no scientific evidence that demonstrates that this practice provides any public safety benefit.
- Despite not passing in the Maryland Senate, HB687 SOL Bill – focusing on the elimination of the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases - got a favorable vote out of the House Judiciary Committee.
POLICY ADVISORY BOARD
Our Policy Advisory Board consists of experts in the legal, government and policy fields. The Board is responsible for identifying emerging issues and trends and advising on public policy as it relates to child sexual abuse prevention. All Board members also serve on the board for the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT).
Allison Abner, TV Writer and Producer, Netflix's Narcos and ABC’s The West Wing
Ms. Abner is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT) and serves on the national advisory council for the ONE Campaign’s ONE Vote. Previously, she served as board chair to The Rebecca Project where she was an architect of the ‘Dear Craig’ campaign to abolish child sex trafficking on Craigslist and helped convene top-level legislative and executive branch meetings with trafficking survivors and actress Demi Moore. In addition to her advocacy work, she is a television writer and producer, having written on two Emmy-winning seasons of The West Wing, for Netflix's Narcos, as well as pilots for Fox and ABC.
Faiza Mathon-Mathieu, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, ECPAT-USA
Faiza began her policy career by serving as Legislative Counsel at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights where she briefed federal policymakers, managed coalitions, and served as the lead policy attorney on domestic human rights campaigns. Prior to joining ECPAT-USA, she used her passion for public interest advocacy to develop and implement federal outreach strategies for HCM Strategists health and education clients. As a government relations associate, Faiza developed policy recommendations and executed targeted government relations strategies on Capitol Hill. A graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Society, she focused her studies on children’s health. Faiza earned her law degree from Georgetown University and is licensed to practice law in the states of Florida and New York.
Autumn Hanna VandeHei, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation, US Department of Health and Human Services
Mrs. VandeHei is a founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT), and serves on the board of directors for the national advocacy organization Rights4Girls. She is a human rights and human services policy expert and advocacy consultant focused on solutions-based social justice advocacy and reform. Her expertise in communications and messaging on women’s issues and her access to the faith and conservative communities have enabled her to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, DC. As a former policy aide to the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, she advised Members of Congress and Republican Leadership on federal legislation focused on child abuse and neglect. She began her career as a child protective services investigator and case manager for physical and sexual abuse cases.
Tracy Sefl, Democratic Communications Strategist
Ms. Sefl is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT) and currently serving as senior advisor for the Ready for Hillary SuperPAC. She is a leading communications strategist for Democratic candidates and causes, at the presidential and gubernatorial levels, focusing on broad issues involving the economy, education and women's and civil rights. Committed to activism and advocacy, she also serves on the Board of Directors of Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), which runs the national sexual assault hotline. Trained as a sociologist, she has extensively researched issues regarding social movements, violence against women, and community-based strategies for assisting victims. She splits her time between Chicago and Washington, DC.