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Protecting Our Children

Posted By Yahairah Aristy: A President’s Perspective, Friday, August 7, 2020
Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2020
The vulnerabilities of children are not lost to many in our society. We all are able to recognize that, when interacting with children, care, patience, and thoughtfulness are key. It was, then, shocking when our community learned that this past Sunday, six girls, ages six to 17 years old were made to lay down on the ground face down with guns drawn against them, and the oldest girls were handcuffed by Colorado police officers. Certainly, if a parent were to make their child lay on the ground with a gun drawn, it is not a stretch of the imagination that the consequences would involve arrest and prosecution.

Experiences like this are called Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). The Center for Disease Control explains that four or more ACEs substantially increase the risk of negative physical and mental health outcomes for children as they become adults. As lawyers we have the opportunity to help ensure ACEs of this kind do not happen by using our voice to advocate for the improvement of the administration of justice. We can write letters, make calls, or simply support organizations that are committed to improving the lives of children and families.

Lawyers Club is proud to advocate for the well-being of women and children through our Fund for Justice. Annually Lawyers Club selects grantees that address social and legal issues related to our mission and the unmet legal needs of females, particularly programs that support and improve the administration of justice.

 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

 

Tags:  adverse childhood experience  advocacy  cdc  children  community  fund for justice  gun violence  justice  legal profession 

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