Friday, June 14, 2013

Trafficking foster care kids
A congressional committee heard testimony from a homeless teen that described how she was easy prey for sex trafficking. She urged congress to do more to stop the trafficking of kids who are homeless or in the foster care system. According to the National Center for prosecution of child abuse, 100-thousand kids are exploited each year and between 50 to 80-percent are connected with the foster care system. Survivor Asia Graves says every time she visits a school to talk about the issue, she finds someone who can relate to her experience… “It’s horrifying to go into middle school and have girls say they’ve been approached by pimps or by johns, men who buy sex.” Graves told lawmakers there is a need for specialized foster care for trafficking victims and more training for social workers to identify them. In Virginia, advocates for foster children agree. Amy Woolard is with Voices for Virginia’s Children. “Here in Virginia we have around five thousand kids in foster care. The majority of them come in to the system on some kind of abuse or neglect issue.” The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation last year to provide teachers with awareness and training materials about trafficking. (CC)

Friday, November 21, 2014

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  • Suspect in Kingsport Tractor Supply Theft Case Caught
  • Bristol, Virginia Sells Property for New Assisted Living Project
  • Authorities Reveal Source of Blaze That Killed Greeneville Woman
  • Financial Gifts From Citizens Bank, Jason Witten to Help in Elizabethton Stadium Construction
  • Police Report: Russell County Man Choked Woman to Death
  • Man Arrested After Choking His Girlfriend
  • THEC Gives Green Light to ETSU's Master Plan
  • Domestic Situation in Russell County Leads to Second-Degree Murder Charges Being Filed
  • Engineering Program to be Offered by Milligan College
  • State Certificate Granted for Lee County Hospital Project
  • Former Utility District Managers Accused of Theft, Official Misconduct
  • Damascus Women Arrested in Johnson City After Both Stole $600 From J.C. Penney's
  • Bristol, Virginia Now Marketing Revenue Bonds for The Falls Development Project
  • One Victim Identified in Abingdon Fire That Killed Two
  • TN Mental Health Officials to Launch $7 Million Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Project in Sullivan, Washington Counties
  • Tobacco Commission Member Says SW Virginia Medical School Project is 'Lipstick On a Pig'
  • Former Probation Officer Arrested for Official Misconduct



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