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House Bill 272: It is time to “Raise the Age” & House Bill 120: Support tuition equity

February 21, 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous
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Treat Kids Like kids

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ICM is one of many advocacy organizations that have long supported efforts to expand Juvenile Court jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds who have not committed serious crimes. The newest iteration of the “Raise the Age” bill, HB 272, is currently pending in the House Juvenile Justice Committee.

Georgia is one of only three states, along with Texas and Wisconsin, that automatically prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes. Yet, data shows that brain functions regulating decision making, planning, judgment, and impulse control are not fully developed until the mid-20’s. Thus, brain development of a 17-year-old significantly differs from an adult. Voices for Georgia's Children provides additional data worthy of consideration.

Moreover, Juvenile Court, and not the adult prison system, is better equipped to respond to the needs of children who commit nonviolent crimes. The Juvenile Court affords mandatory school attendance, restitution to victims, and participation in rehabilitative programs. These measures are aligned with treating kids as kids.

Referencing her ongoing work on “Raising the Age”, Representative Mary Margaret Oliver emphasizes the need for constituents to participate in the legislative process and voice their concerns.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

·         Take a few minutes and make a difference for children.

·         This is the opportunity to call or email members of the House Juvenile Justice Committee and ask that they support HB 272, ensuring treatment of kids as kids.

·         You can find contact information for members of the House Juvenile Justice Committee here.     

·         Share this information and call to action throughout your networks.

Every voice matters and collectively we will ROAR for children. 

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House Bill 120: Support tuition equity by extending in-state tuition to DACA recipients.

Undocumented students pay tuition rates far exceeding those of other students.



According to data from the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI), Georgia is home to 20,900 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, ranking eighth in the nation for the largest population of active DACA recipients. There are also 44,000 DACA-eligible people living in Georgia. Yet, Georgia is 1 of 3 states, along with South Carolina and Alabama, that bar undocumented students from enrolling in certain colleges.

DACA recipients living in Georgia may also struggle to afford postsecondary education because they are forced to pay out-of-state tuition rates. GBPI reveals undocumented students pay tuition rates that are nearly three times that of other students in the university system and four times that of their classmates in technical colleges.

Current legislation HB 120 would allow DACA students to qualify for in-state tuition for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. HB 120 is currently pending in the House Higher Education Committee.

Increasing access to higher education by extending in-state tuition to DACA recipients would benefit Georgia by fostering stable and thriving communities.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

·         Take a few minutes and make a difference for children.

·         This is the opportunity to call or email members of the House Higher Education Committee and ask that they support HB 120, ensuring tuition equity for DACA recipients.  

·         You can find contact information for members of the House Higher Education Committee here.

·         Share this information and call to action throughout your networks.

Every voice matters and collectively we will ROAR for children.

THIS WEEK’S UNSUNG HERO

Saluting Everyday Heroes Who Have Hearts for Children...

A presentation about the anguish of teens who are bought and sold for sex with men broke hearts at Ahavath Achim Synagogue.

Seven years ago, Linda Bressler, Steve Chervin and Margie Eden attended a talk about children in Atlanta who are forced to endure sexual encounters with men.  Child Sex Trafficking. The presentation at their synagogue, Ahavath Achim in Buckhead, left them horrified. Heartbroken. And they knew they had to mobilize the community to action. 

So they organized the AAACTS Committee (Awareness and Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex). 

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The goal:  To create awareness within Ahavath Achim (AA),  the Atlanta - wide Jewish community, and Atlanta’s interfaith community about the issue of Child Sex Trafficking. They were eager partners with other groups advocating to change the laws about commercial sex exploitation of teenagers.

Linda, Steve and Margie organized others. There were hundreds of hours of educating and mobilizing.    Finally, in 2015, a new law, “Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law” became Georgia law. The new law treats children victimized by sex trafficking as victims—not criminals. It provides money to treat their trauma, and raises the penalties for men who buy children for sex as well as the pimps who sell them.

The work of AAACTS continued.  In preparation for the 2019 Superbowl in Atlanta, the group organized 200+ volunteers to wrap and deliver 60,000 bars of specially labeled soap to hotels and motels all around Atlanta. If a person visiting the rooms there was being trafficked, the bars contained the number for the trafficking hotline.  

Linda Bressler and Margie Eden continue to lead AAACTS education and advocacy efforts… and many many vulnerable children thank them for it.    

Viva AAACTS! You are truly Behind the Scenes “Unsung Heroes for Children!”

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Linda Bressler on the left, Margie Eden on the right.


Linda Bressler on the left, Margie Eden on the right.











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Recommend a friend for recognition as an “Unsung Hero for Children

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Tell us about a friend who’s a big-hearted hero for children.

February is Hearts for Children Month.  It’s time to sing the praises of a friend. Recommend them for Unsung Hero recognition.
Send a picture! ICM will post them all during the month of February in all our digital platforms! (Remember “unsung” is the key!)

You know them… devoted teachers, mentors, workers with and for children, visionaries with big ideas and big hearts for the welfare of children. They are the unsung heroes for children. Unsung. Their gifts of love for children often continue for years without praise. 



February, however, is the perfect month to sing their praises.  Let’s make them blush!

Send a picture! ICM will post them all during the month of February in all our digital platforms! (Remember “unsung” is the key!)

Here are the categories: 

Didn't Quit, Behind the Scenes, Most Inspirational, Beloved by Children, Intrepid Leader.

Click here to recommend the person you admire. You’ll be glad you took 15 minutes to share their story with the world.


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